THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 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.
Residents in ACGME accredited programs in otolaryngology or plastic surgery are eligible to apply for 38 positions available each year. The AAFPRS Foundation fellowship program is widely respected by the medical community and represents the finest postgraduate program in the world for the training of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons. Since its beginning in 1969, the program has trained more than 850 highly specialized experts to be educators and leaders in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. These individuals and their directors have performed a tremendous service to the AAFPRS and the specialty through the development and dissemination of new procedures, improvement of patient care, refinement of surgical techniques and the promotion of confidence and respect in the specialty.
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who are eligible to pursue an AAFPRS Foundation Fellowship must contact individual fellowship directors for specific information on applying to their fellowship. Although IMG applicants will not complete a fellowship application for the interview process, they may be required to submit all other information as outlined (CV, operative experience list, future plan statement, references, medical school transcript and fees).
If a fellowship director decides to accept an IMG, the fellowship director must inform the Fellowship Committee of their decision to withdraw from the match for that year, as soon as possible, but no later than the Spring Meeting each year. IMGs should review each Fellowship Description to determine which programs accept IMGs.
Fellowship Directors are permitted to accept IMGs into their program for any fellowship year, however, an IMG cannot participate in the match process unless they meet the prerequisites as outlined in the Fellowship Handbook under PREREQUISITES.
At the completion of the training, IMGs will be awarded an International Training Certificate.
All applicants must submit an original of the following information either by regular mail or electronically:
A completed Fellowship Application, which includes a list of program directors to whom you are applying, and an Operative Experience Report form for the most recent Academic year;
A current Curriculum Vitae (CV),
A future plans statement, to include future goals, intentions and why you have chosen facial plastic surgery,
An official Medical School Transcript, and Three letters of recommendation (one must be from the Chair of your Department)
Please note that individual Fellowship Directors may request additional information for the interview process, which may include additional operative experience information and/or USMLE scores.
Applicants are requested to keep copies of all application materials for their record.
A non-refundable $200 application fee is also required of which $35 will be applied to register for the match. The fee includes application to 10 programs. All programs listed over 10 require an additional $15 over limit fee (per program). Payment should be made to the AAFPRS Foundation by check, money order or credit card in US funds.
Applicants should complete their application with the AAFPRS Foundation office no later than February 1st. A $125 late fee will be accessed for any application received after the February 1st deadline. The late deadline for applications received after February 1 is March 1st. No applications will be processed after the February 1st deadline without the late fee and no application will be accepted after March 1. Only completed applications are forwarded to Fellowship Directors. AAFPRS Membership must be in place prior to submission of a fellowship application.
All interviews should be completed by May 31st prior to the match date. Applicants are encouraged to interview with Fellowship Directors whose practice and teaching best supplement their residency training and future practice plans and/or teaching interests.
Candidates are placed each year during the first or second week in June by a match process. A Fellowship Director who has selected an IMG for their position will not participate in the match. The Fellowship Committee must be notified by the Spring Meeting of this decision for Board review and approval.
All applications must come through the AAFPRS Foundation office to be recognized as an applicant of the Facial Plastic Surgery Match. The submission of a fellowship application is an agreement to participate in the match. Fellow applicant registration is made directly through the AAFPRS Foundation and should not be submitted directly to the Match Office in California. Once the match office has received the list of registered applicants from the AAFPRS Foundation office, detailed match information, including candidate number, Fellowship Directors match identification number, and rank list forms will be sent to applicants directly from the match office in California.
The fellowship directors in the fellowship program are recognized authorities in the teaching and practice of facial plastic surgery. They are formally affiliated with an accredited postgraduate medical training program. A description of each fellowship director’s practice and areas of expertise is included in this handbook. Fellowship Directors are required to provide the fellowship curriculum and videotapes as part of their training program. The Curriculum and Videotapes provide a common base for the program.
Fellowship Director Applicants must complete an application process for review by the Fellowship Review Committee (FRC). The final approval of acceptance of a Fellowship Director rests with the AAFPRS Foundation Board of Directors. The Fellowship Program Review and Policy Guidelines govern directors, and they follow Fellowship Program Requirements in Facial Plastic Surgery. All fellowship program requirements can be found in the Fellowship Handbook.
Each year approximately 1/3 of all fellowship programs undergo a review process by the FRC. Fellowship Directors should contact the AAFPRS Foundation office to confirm the year of their program review.