The Fellowship Program under the auspices of the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is widely respected by the medical community and represents the finest post-graduate program in the world for the training of facial plastic surgeons. Since its beginning in 1969, this program has prepared more than 1,300 highly specialized experts to be educators and leaders in facial plastic surgery. These individuals and their fellowship directors have performed a tremendous service to the Academy and the specialty through the development and dissemination of new procedures, improvement of patient care, refinement of surgical techniques, and the promotion of confidence in and respect for the specialty.
The fellowship program provides postgraduate training in facial plastic surgery. The objectives of the fellowship program are to:
- Provide an outstanding academic opportunity for the acquisition of specialized knowledge and skills in facial plastic surgery;
- Develop trained specialists who will contribute to the ongoing development of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery;
- Foster development of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery educators, especially in residency programs; and
- Encourage the development of new skills and knowledge in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery through basic research and clinical trials.
Fellowship directors are recognized authorities in the teaching and practice of facial plastic surgery. They are private practitioners, academicians, or a combination of both. Applicants are encouraged to choose directors whose practice and teaching best supplement their residency training and future practice plans and teaching interests. Although the clinical experience may vary according to individual director’s interest and experience, the fellowship criteria and curriculum, including videotapes, provide a common base for the program. Applicants apply to programs of their choice. The interview process is from March 1 to May 31.
All programs follow a standard curriculum. Oral and written examinations are administered after the completion of a 12-month fellowship. To be eligible, applicants must have completed a residency in otolaryngology or plastic surgery that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or be board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology or the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Contact the Academy office for more information regarding the following fellowship directors and their programs – email@example.com.
Peter A. Adamson, MD, Toronto, Ontario
Daniel S. Alam, MD, Cleveland, OH
Babak Azizzadeh, MD, Co-Director, Beverly Hills, CA
Shan R. Baker, MD, Co-Director, Ann Arbor, MI
Gregory H. Branham, MD, St. Louis, MO
Edward Buckingham, MD, Rolingwood, TX
Patrick J. Byrne, MD, Baltimore, MD
Peter D. Costantino, MD, New York, NY
Richard E. Davis, MD, Miami Beach, FL
Louis M. DeJoseph, MD, Atlanta, GA
Harley Dresner, MD, Co-Director, St Paul, MN
Yadro Ducic, MD, Fort Worth, TX
David A.F. Ellis, MD, Toronto, Ontario
Edward H. Farrior, MD, Tampa, FL
Fred Fedok, MD, Co-Director, Gulf Shores, AL
Andrew S. Frankel, MD, Beverly Hills, CA
Alvin I. Glasgold, MD, Highland Park, NJ
Mark J. Glasgold, MD, Co-Director, Highland Park, NJ
Robert A. Glasgold, MD, Co-Director, Highland Park, NJ
Michael S. Godin, MD, Richmond, VA
Tessa A. Hadlock, MD, Boston, MA
Ryan Heffelfinger, MD, Philadelphia, PA
Peter A. Hilger, MD, Edina, MN
Andrew A. Jacono, MD, Great Neck, NY
Brian S. Jewett, MD, Co-Director, Miami, FL
Calvin M. Johnson, Jr., MD, New Orleans, LA
Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD, Co-Director, Oakland, CA
Gregory S. Keller, MD, Santa Barbara, CA
Robert M. Kellman, MD, Syracuse, NY
Jennifer C. Kim, MD, Co-Director, Ann Arbor, MI
Philip Knott, MD, San Francisco, CA
Russell W.H. Kridel, MD, Houston, TX
Philip R. Langsdon, MD, Germantown, TN
Keith A. LaFerriere, MD, Springfield, MO
Wayne F. Larrabee, Jr., MD, Seattle, WA
William Lawson, MD, DDS, New York, NY
Timothy Lian, MD, Co-Director, Shreveport, LA
Corey S. Maas, MD, San Francisco, CA
Devinder S. Mangat, MD, Cincinnati, OH
Lawrence J. Marentette, MD, Ann Arbor, MI
E. Gaylon McCollough, MD, Gulf Shores, AL
Philip J. Miller, MD FACS, New York, NY
Harry Mittelman, MD, Menlo Park, CA
Sam P. Most, MD, Stanford, CA
Jeffrey S. Moyer, MD, Livonia, MI
Paul S. Nassif, MD, Beverly Hills, CA
Ira D. Papel, MD, Co-Director, Baltimore, MD
Steven J. Pearlman, MD, Co-Director, New York, NY
Stephen W. Perkins, MD, Indianapolis, IN
Vito C. Quatela, MD, Rochester, NY
Gregory J. Renner, MD, Co-Director, Columbia, MO
Wm. Russell Ries, MD, Nashville, TN
Thomas Romo, MD, Co-Director, New York, NY
Daniel E. Rousso, MD, Birmingham, AL
William E. Silver, MD, Co-Director, Atlanta, GA
Stephen P. Smith, MD, Gahanna, OH
Michael J. Sullivan, MD, Co-Director, Columbus, OH
Jeffrey H. Spiegel, MD, Chestnut Hills, MA
Fred J. Stucker, MD, Shreveport, LA
Jonathan M. Sykes, MD, Sacramento, CA
Sherard A. Tatum, MD, Co-Director, Syracuse, NY
J. Regan Thomas, MD, Chicago, IL
Dean M. Toriumi, MD, Chicago, IL
Tom D. Wang, MD, Portland, OR
Mark K. Wax, MD, Portland, OR
Edwin F. Williams, MD, Latham, NY
Brian J. Wong, MD, Irvine, CA
Fellowship Curriculum Bibliography
The articles on the Bibliography are a good study source for any physician sitting for the examination administered by the ABFPRS. Click on 2015 Bibliography to view or download a PDF of each section of the updated Bibliography that is divided into Basic and Advanced with a list of references for each portion. Click here for a list of the Residency Video List which is the Recommended Additional Resources List to the Curriculum Bibliography. These videos are part of the fellowship program and can be viewed through the LEARN Portal – Click here to access the videos.
Prerequisites for Applying
Applicants to the Fellowship Program MUST be physicians who are in or have completed an otolaryngology or plastic surgery residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or board-certified in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery or plastic surgery. Applicants must be members of the AAFPRS before submitting a fellowship application.
Applicants should not be full-time faculty members holding the rank of assistant professor or higher at the institution where the fellowship will take place. Applicants with DO degrees may be considered only if they are in an ACGME-accredited residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery or plastic surgery.
Applicants with DO degrees that have been accepted into the fellowship program as a fellow will take the final examination administered by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) in order to be eligible to receive a fellowship certificate only. Passing the examination will not of itself meet eligibility requirements for certification in the future by the ABFPRS.
Canadian applicants interested in pursuing a U.S. fellowship should check with the directors whose programs interest them to be certain that the fellowship accepts Canadian Applicants. Many programs have restrictions which limit the ability to accept Canadian applicants. The proper paperwork should be completed and a Visa must be obtained before the start date of the fellowship! Additional information regarding Visa requirements can be found on the LEARN Portal. Contact the Fellowship Program Manager for a login to the Fellowship Program Community – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canadian applicants must also meet all other requirements for applying to the fellowship program, including accredited by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and membership in the AAFPRS. It is imperative that these steps are followed prior to requesting access to the application.
International Medical Graduates
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who are eligible to pursue an AAFPRS Foundation fellowship must contact individual fellowship directors for specific requirements to enter their fellowship. Although IMG applicants will complete a fellowship application it will not be used as part of the application process. All other requirements outlined under application process will be required. IMG applicants will not participate in the match conducted by the SF Match Office.
Fellowship Directors are permitted to accept International Medical Graduates for training. If a fellowship director accepts an IMG, the fellowship director must inform the Fellowship Committee of their decision to withdraw from the match that year, as soon as possible, but no later than the Spring Meeting each year.
IMG’s will not sit for the end-fellowship examination administered by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. They can however visit the International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Societies (IFFPSS) website for information on their eligibility to sit for the International Board for Certification in Facial Plastic Surgery- www.iffpss.org. At the completion of the fellowship training an IMG will be awarded an “International Training Certificate”.
To complete the fellowship application process IMGs MUST obtain a login ID and password. Click here to obtain a login ID and password, or email – email@example.com. Although IMGs complete the application through the fellowship database they will not participate in the Match.
Fellowship Applicants Application Process
Each applicant will be required to obtain a login ID and password to access the application. All aspects of the fellowship program are electronic. The Fellowship Data Base system is a requirement of the fellowship program from the beginning of the application process to the end of completion of all fellowship requirements.
Click here to obtain a login ID and password, or email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure you have met all prerequisites for applying for an AAFPRS Foundation fellowship prior to requesting access to the application.
The following are requirements of the application process and must be submitted through Fellowship Data Base:
- Completed Application
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Operative Experience Report (included with application)
- Future Plan Statement which should include your future goals, intentions, and why have chosen facial plastic surgery
- Medical School Transcript (official with Registrar’s signature)
- 3 letters of reference (1 must be from the Department Chair)
All requirements must be submitted by February 1st. which includes the non-refundable application fee. A credit card payment can be emailed or called in. A $165 application fee is required to apply to 10 programs or less. The fee for applications to over 10 programs is $15 per program which is in addition to the $165 application fee.
A $50 match registration must be paid directly to the SF Match office. Visit the SF Match website for additional information – www.sfmatch.org.
A $125 late fee will be required for applications submitted after February 1st. The late deadline for applicants applying after February 1st is March 1st. No applications will be processed after February 1st without the late fee. No application will be accepted after the March 1st late deadline.
Interviews should be conducted between March 1 and May 31 of the application year preceding the fellowship start date. Applicants are encouraged to interview with Directors whose practice and teaching best supplement their residency training and future practice plans and/or teaching interests. It is the responsibility of applicants to follow up directly with the fellowship director(s) they have selected for an interview.
Candidates are placed each year in June by a match process. A director who selects an IMG for the position offered in a given fellowship year must withdraw from the match and notify the Fellowship Committee by the Spring Meeting.
All applications must come through the AAFPRS Foundation office to be recognized as an official applicant of the Facial Plastic Surgery Match. The $50 match fee must be paid directly to the SF Match office. A separate fee for the application process should be paid to the AAFPRS Foundation at the time the application is submitted. The submission of a fellowship application is an agreement to participate in the match.
Detailed match information, including candidate and director identification numbers, and rank list information is provided directly from the SF Match Office. Visit the SF Match website for additional information – www.sfmatch.org.
Click here Fellowship Handbook to view all requirements of the Fellowship Program.
Click here Descriptions Handbook to view a complete list of programs in detail.