Advancing Education and Research
“We could all see that if we were going to succeed in the long range, we had to have an extremely good educational program,” recalls G. Jan Beekhuis, MD, a founding member of the AAFPRS and its first education chairman.
From that vision grew the reality of the scientific courses offered by the AAFPRS Foundation today – world renowned as the finest continuing medical education in the subspecialty.
Likewise, the facial plastic surgery fellowship program enjoys the reputation of being second to none in organized medicine. More than 500 surgeons have completed this one-year program, then gone on to develop and disseminate new techniques and protocols. “The Academy [Foundation] must never lose sight of the fact that it does one thing very well, and it built its reputation on that: teaching,” M. Eugene Tardy, Jr., MD, once observed. He attributed the program’s success to surgeons’ commitment to “the refinement of the methods and mechanism of teaching in a visual and scholarly way.”
Indeed, the AAFPRS Foundation’s audiovisual library regularly attracts surgeons interested in learning from the masters. Of this library, Robert L. Simons, MD, has commented, “I think we have set a new standard for the entire medical profession.”
Another program fundamental to the AAFPRS Foundation’s mission is its support of research through a series of awards and grants. Adding support for basic research to long-standing support for applied and clinical research is a new goal. To endow a fund to support scholarships, research, and the conversion of the videotapes to new media, the campaign seeks $450,000.
Goal – $450,000
“To come through with a breakthrough of some kind, a discovery of something like the development of a new or better medical product or a new biomaterial – that’s where my main interests lie. I guess you’d have to say that my niche is trying to invent improved technology that will make the doctor’s life easier and, thus, the patient’s life, too.”
– Richard L. Goode, MD
“Our thought was that these senior faculty members would not be going around giving these lectures every year forever, and we ought to get them on tape so the lectures can be sent around without having to take the surgeons away from their practices.”
– John T. Dickinson, MD
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