The Campaign for Facial Plastic Surgery
A joint program of the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the FPS Fellowship Examination Corporation
Visionary Campaigners, Then and Now
It was not so long ago – just 35 years – that few training programs existed in facial plastic surgery. Into this void, a small group of visionary surgeons stepped. These were individuals with a mission: to create their own opportunities to learn and teach, to research and publish, and to practice facial plastic surgery to the highest standard of patient care. They chose to foster these goals through a new society, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which they founded in 1964. Today, with facial plastic surgery universally recognized as a legitimate subspecialty, it is hard to imagine the great odds against which AAFPRS’s early leaders achieved so much. Then, the campaign for facial plastic surgery aimed at winning the right to offer continuing medical education for credit, making facial plastic surgery a required component of approved otolaryngology residency training programs, and securing representation in the governing bodies of the American Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons.
Later, it involved standardizing the facial plastic surgery fellowship program and developing the fellowship examination, which is also used by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. And it meant creating two entities to ensure long-term support for the educational and scientific aspects of these programs and a new pro bono effort – the Educational and Research Foundation for the AAFPRS and the FPS Fellowship Examination Corporation. Now, the campaign for facial plastic surgery aims in a new direction: to secure the future of these educational, scientific, and charitable programs, which are the very reason why patients who seek expert care put their trust in facial plastic surgeons. In the following pages, these programs are described in more detail – for the benefit of surgeons, patients, and corporations who would like to consider giving back a measure of what they may have gained from this subspecialty’s long-time campaign for excellence.
“I love the Academy. I owe the Academy more than I can even begin to say. The Academy is dedicated to teaching. A man can’t do everything by himself. He has to join with others to get things done. You have to have an organization, and the AAFPRS is the organization that does all this for us.”
– Jack R. Anderson, MD, speaking of AAFPRS programs now part of the AAFPRS Foundation
“There are thousands of good facial plastic surgeons in the world today. Somebody had to teach them. How is it that they learned so well and so quickly? Because of this Academy.”
– Richard C. Webster, MD, speaking of AAFPRS programs now part of the AAFPRS Foundation
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