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Fellowship

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:

1. Provide an outstanding academic opportunity for the acquisition of specialized knowledge and skills in facial plastic surgery

2. Develop trained specialists who will contribute to the ongoing development of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery;

3. Foster development of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery educators, especially in residency programs; and

4. Encourage the development of new skills and knowledge in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery through basic research and clinical trials.

The fellows 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.

Fellowship Applicants

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 is a requirement of the fellowship program from the beginning of the application process to the end of completion of all fellowship requirements.

To request a login ID and password for access to Fellowship Data Base, click here, or email – fporter-el@aafprs.org. Please be sure you have met all prerequisites for applying for an AAFPRS Foundation fellowship prior to requesting access to the application which includes membership in the AAFPRS.

Program Requirements

There are several requirements of the fellowship program that must be fulfilled to be eligible to receive a fellowship certificate. The fellowship research paper is an integral part of the fellowship program requirements. Two new categories of research papers have been added to the fellowship program. Fellows can now submit Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis papers to satisfy this fellowship requirement.

The Fellowship Database is a requirement of the fellowship program. It must be used to upload all fellowship requirements. If you are a Fellowship Director or fellow in the fellowship program a login id and password has been sent to you. Click Here to access the database.

Steps in a Systematic Review

A systematic review is a complete literature review based on a clearly formatted research question. In the performance of the systematic review all relevant studies are identified, and appraised for their quality.

Meta-Analysis

“Meta-analysis” is a statistical technique for combining findings from two or more independent studies. It can be performed on the aggregate data from a group of reviews if the outcome data are similar enough to perform formal, quantitative statistical analysis. To access the full guidelines for these categories click here.

Fellowship Curriculum Bibliography

The list of articles on the Bibliography are a good study source for any physician sitting for the examination administered by the ABFPRS. To view or down load a pdf file of each section of the updated Bibliography that is divided into Basic and Advanced sections with a list of references for each portion, click here.

The Additional Resources (Fellowship Videos) to the Bibliography is a list of videos that may be used as an additional study source to prepare for the examination administered by the ABFPRS. These videos are part of the John Dickinson Library. Fellows can view the videos free of charge as part of the fellowship program benefit. To access these videos, click here.

To learn more about the Foundation's Fellowship Program, please visit the AAFPRS Foundation/Education/Fellowships site, click here.

To download the Fellowship Handbook which outlines all prerequisites and requirements of the fellowship program, click here.

To access the Descriptions Handbook, click here.