Count the Benefits of Membership
To achieve its mission, the AAFPRS offers members the many benefits listed below.
I. To Learn From The Largest Society Of Facial Plastic Surgeons In The World
Since its founding in 1964, the AAFPRS has conducted a continuing educational program recognized throughout organized medicine as one of the best. Today, courses are offered through the AAFPRS Foundation, which is officially accredited by the ACCME to offer continuing medical education.
Key to the success of the AAFPRS Foundation’s educational program is a belief that teaching is integral to the science and art of facial plastic surgery. Programs include:
- Scientific meetings. Two times each year, at spring and fall meetings, Academy members share clinical and research findings and engage in Academy business and social events.
- Courses, seminars, and workshops. Additionally, courses are conducted throughout the year on major facial plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures and practice management topics.
- International symposium. Every four years, members gather for an exchange of ideas at a major interdisciplinary, international scientific symposium on facial plastic surgery.
- Fellowship program. More than 35 senior Academy members regularly demonstrate their commitment to teaching by serving as directors of the AAFPRS Foundation fellowship program. This postgraduate program is widely respected in the medical community as the finest training in facial plastic surgery available anywhere in the world. More than 500 surgeons have completed this program since its inception in 1969.
- Videotape library. The John T. Dickinson Memorial Library contains nearly 200 video recordings that demonstrate the operating techniques of the specialty’s masters. New tapes are regularly added to the collection. Available for purchase, the films can be viewed at the AAFPRS Video Learning Center, which travels to the Academy’s annual meetings and international symposia. Tapes cover cosmetic, reconstructive, and trauma surgery. A special resident section includes tapes that were specially selected for the clarity of explanation they provide of classic facial plastic surgery techniques.
- Essential publications. For residents who want to review the technical principles of rhinoplasty, study basic soft tissue concepts, or learn what experts consider to be the essential scope of knowledge in facial plastic surgery, the AAFPRS publishes a number of books. The complete curriculum compendium of the AAFPRS Foundation fellowship program also is available, as is a history of the AAFPRS. Finally, the peer-reviewed The Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, published by the American Medical Association, includes numerous scientific articles on the latest findings in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
- Organization of Facial Plastic Surgery Assistants. Recognizing the key role that office staff play in a successful practice, the AAFPRS Foundation has initiated a program for facial plastic surgery assistants. Scheduled during the annual fall meeting, the program offers an opportunity for key assistants to share expertise on how to manage the office and provide patients with the appropriate support. It also offers opportunites to gain greater familiarity with facial plastic surgery procedures.
II. To Benefit From The Strong Advocacy Program
Providing accurate information about facial plastic surgery is one of the AAFPRS’ primary goals. The Academy works steadily to provide the public, the medical community, and third-party payers with the facts they need to make informed decisions about facial plastic surgery. Members serve as AAFPRS representatives to related medical groups and benefit from strong legislative and legal programs.
- National media information program. Throughout the year, the Academy places articles in the national media about new techniques, interesting cases, and trends. This effort has helped to build the Academy’s reputation as a responsive source of data on facial plastic surgery.
- Interview opportunities. The Academy also arranges for facial plastic surgeons to speak on national and local television and radio programs. At spring and fall meetings, the Academy arranges media interviews with key speakers.
- Local media releases. When Academy members participate as speakers and presenters at AAFPRS meetings, or when they become AAFPRS fellows, news releases are routinely sent to their local media.
- Intergroup representation. The Academy is represented in the AMA House of Delegates; the AMA Section Council on Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; the AMA Resident and Young Physicians sections; AMA committees on practice parameters, CPT codes, and relative value updates; and the AMA Domestic Violence Project. Further, the Academy is represented on the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, and the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare Board of Directors. The Academy also has appointed a liaison to the American Board of Otolaryngology.
- Grassroots network. When legal, legislative, or regulatory actions threaten an AAFPRS member’s right to practice facial plastic surgery or a consumer’s right to choose a surgeon, the AAFPRS Grassroots Network springs into action. Composed of AAFPRS leaders and members with an active interest in socioeconomic affairs, the Network also responds to public relations activities that misinform consumers about the qualifications of facial plastic surgeons.
- Legal action. The Academy attempts to find the easiest possible solutions for cases in which the rights of facial plastic surgeons are at stake. However, when necessary, it takes all necessary legal action to help its members.
III. To Take Advantage Of Practice Enhancement Resources Specifically Designed For Facial Plastic Surgeons
Successfully operating an elective surgery practice today requires more than a reputation for good work; it takes business savvy and marketing know-how. The AAFPRS offers a number of pertinent services to help members:
- Practice enhancement workshops. From coding for third-party reimbursement to media training to demographics essential to practice marketing, topics covered in Academy workshops help participants develop the business end of their practices.
- Resource manual on practice development, marketing, and management. This comprehensive, loose-leaf manual is packed with expert advice, how-I-do-it tips from successful surgeons, and dozens of actual documents from surgeons’ offices. A companion update service supplements the manual.
- Print Advertising Kit. This complete, comprehensive print advertising kit includes 15 ready-made ads designed to promote facial plastic surgery including the more common procedures: rhinoplasty, facelift, eyelid surgery, and skin resurfacing. Carefully prepared and catchy headlines, ad copy, and professional model photos come with the package. In addition, the Academy’s tag line “Trust Your Face to a Facial Plastic Surgeon” is accentuated in every ad. The complete package comes in a CD-Rom format to allow further customization.
- Code-a-Graphics. Aimed at remedying carrier denial of functional facial plastic surgery, this manual explains in plain English how to code the most frequently performed procedures for reimbursement.
- Delineation of hospital privileges. Obtaining hospital privileges can be time-consuming if privileging groups are not aware that facial plastic surgery is an integral component of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery training. This booklet details training essentials and quotes the positions of major medical groups on privileging.
- Practice management videos. Titles offered in this series include how to accredit an office surgery and how to deal with disparagement and legislative attacks.
- The Face Book. This elegant, 144-page book is based on dozens of patient and surgeon interviews. An informative, comprehensive, concise source of information on all major procedures, it is must-reading for patients and useful for referral sources. More than 100 before-and- after photos and medical illustrations highlight the text. Volume discounts are available to members.
- The Face Book Speakers Kit. This practical guide to public speaking uses material from The Face Book. It includes tips on promoting, delivering, and illustrating effective speeches; “talk points” on six Face Book topics; and 40 slides keyed to the six talks.
- Facial Plastic Surgery Information Service. The Academy regularly publicizes a toll-free number (800/332-FACE), which the public can call to request information about facial plastic surgery and the names of Academy members in their area. Through this service, thousands of consumers each year are
- Patient brochures. A steadily growing family of patient brochures is available to Academy members. Each of the most frequently performed procedures is described in single brochures. Procedural brochures can be tucked in the flaps of the elegant consultation brochure, which can be customized with an insert about a member’s own practice. Spanish editions of several brochures are available.
- Patient videotape. “Trust Your Face to a Specialist” is an effective way to educate patients about facial plastic surgery procedures.
- Facial Plastic Surgery Today. Another patient education tool available to members is this quarterly, four-page newsletter. Members can subscribe to one of several options that allow personal customization.
IV. To Advance The Speciality Through Research And Service
The Academy’s longstanding commitment to advancing the frontiers of facial plastic surgery is nowhere more evident than in its opportunities for residents and established physicians to conduct research and publish their findings. The Academy also recognizes lifetime service to the specialty. Research findings are recognized these programs each year:
- The Bernstein Grant of $25,000 funds original work by an Academy fellow that has a direct application to facial plastic surgery.
- The Investigator Development Grant , a grant of $15,000, supports the work of a young faculty member conducting significant clinical or laboratory research in facial plastic surgery and the training of resident surgeons in research.
- Three Resident Research Grants of up to $5,000 each stimulate resident research in well-conceived, scientifically valid projects.
- The Ben Shuster Memorial Award of $1,000 honors the most outstanding research paper in facial plastic surgery completed during residency or fellowship and delivered at a national meeting.
- The Ira Tresley Award of $1,000 recognizes the best original research in facial plastic surgery by an Academy member who has been board-certified for three years or longer.
- The William K. Wright Award and the F. Mark Rafaty Memorial Awards are presented to AAFPRS members who have made outstanding contributions to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
- The John Orlando Roe Award of $1,000 recognizes the best clinical research paper submitted by a graduate fellow.
- The Sir Harold Delf Gillies Award of $1,000 honors the best basic science research paper submitted by a graduate fellow.
- The John Dickinson Teacher of the Year Award of honors an AAFPRS fellow member for sharing knowledge about facial plastic and reconstructive surgery with the effective use of electronic media in any one year.
- The Community Service Award recognizes an AAFPRS member for providing or making possible free medical service to the poor in his/her community.
- The Efrain Davalos Award honors those outside the U.S. and Canada who have made significant contributions to facial plastic surgery.
V. To Engage In Humanitarian Efforts
Through the Academy’s FACE-TO-FACE program, members participate in pro bono activities in this country and abroad.
- Through the National Domestic Violence Project, members volunteer to help victims of domestic abuse who cannot afford to receive treatment for facial injuries. These efforts repair psychological as well as physical scars and so help victims to break the cycle of violence, regain self-esteem, and rebuild their lives.
- Through the international program, members travel all over the world to help individuals whose faces were damaged at birth or by disease or war.
VI. To Get Active With Colleagues Who Share Your Interests And Want Your Contributions
Vitality is the hallmark of Academy meetings, with senior members encouraging younger colleagues to become involved as AAFPRS committee members and scientific program or course directors.
- Committees. The Academy is a committee-driven organization, with members actively steering the course of all society projects.
- Program and course directors. Every scientific program and course is directed by members, who review abstracts submitted for presentation and solicit major speakers.
VII. To Enjoy the Privileges Of Membership In The Academy Means Many Direct Benefits
- Facial Plastic Times. Each month, members receive this four-color, award-winning newsletter, packed with previews of coming events, practice tips, member news, and updates on socioeconomic developments.
- Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. The Archives is the Academy’s official journal published by the American Medical Association as part of their esteemed Archives series. Subscription to the Archives is added to each member’s dues.
- Membership Directory. Each January, the Academy publishes a directory listing all members, the society’s bylaws, an annual calendar, and more. A buyer’s guide advertises products and services specifically devoted to facial plastic surgery.
- MBNA financial services. This program offers members a credit card with no annual fee, a selection of payment terms, and a renewal line of credit. MBNA also offers federally insured money market accounts and certificates of deposit with competitive rates. Using this financial service contributes to the Academy through the receipt of royalties.
- Discounts. All Academy members receive substantial discounts on meeting registration, travel to meetings, publications, and other Academy products and services.
- World Wide Web. The Academy’s web site provides consumers with on-line information about facial plastic surgery and the doctors who perform it. Members can receive a password that gives them access to confidential, linked pages. Members also can link their own sites to the Academy’s site with a few simple keystrokes.
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