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New ASDS Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Accreditation Program launches


June 26, 2013, Rolling Meadows, Ill. – The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) has announced the launch of a fellowship accreditation program designed to promote post-residency training in cosmetic dermatologic surgery procedures.

With varying degrees of exposure to cosmetic procedures in residency, fellowship training will give young dermatologists a solid educational foundation and better prepare them for the increasing consumer demand for elective procedures, said ASDS President Timothy C. Flynn, M.D.

“Through accreditation, the ASDS can advance the quality of physicians’ education through exemplary standards,” Dr. Flynn said. “The ASDS Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Accreditation Program also provides an opportunity to recognize existing independent fellowship programs that previously had no mechanism for recognition.”

Modeled after fellowship initiatives used by the American College of Mohs Surgery and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the ASDS Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Accreditation Program will be based on six core competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning, interpersonal skills, professionalism and system-based practice. A curriculum and bibliography will help guide the fellowship program’s annual training plan.

All cosmetic dermatologic surgery fellowship programs accredited by the ASDS will be one year in duration and will begin on July 1, Aug. 1 or Sept. 1 each calendar year. The application deadline for programs seeking to begin Sept. 1 is Aug. 1. Each program, including its faculty, must be approved by the ASDS Accreditation Work Group which makes the final accreditation decision on all aspects of accreditation.

Both ASDS members and non-member applicants are able to apply for accreditation status. Once the full application process has been completed and provisionary accreditation granted, site reviews will be scheduled and final approval may be extended to applicants pending the outcome of the site review and full review by the Accreditation Work Group

“Establishing a cosmetic surgery fellowship fills a void that most residents have upon completing a dermatology residency and ensures that future dermatologists are well-trained in cosmetic procedures,” said ASDS President-Elect Mitchel P. Goldman, M.D. “While residents are exposed to skin cancer surgery and repairs of surgical defects, most receive little training in the use of fillers, neuromodulators, biostimulatory agents and the wide variety of lasers available to treat both the cosmetic patient as well as a variety of dermatologic diseases.”

Direct supervision is a key component of the fellowship program. As such, each program must have at least two faculty members to adequately support the educational needs of one fellow and must average at least 1,000 combined cases per year in five of eight categories over the last five years. Those eight categories include: wrinkles and folds, body contouring, rejuvenation, lifting, resurfacing, hair treatments, veins and scar revision.

“The emphasis of the Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship curriculum is the acquisition of knowledge and skills based upon specific categories,” Dr. Flynn said. “With only one fellow per two faculty members, there is ample opportunity for hands-on experience as well as intimate faculty exposure and one-on-one learning.”

About the ASDS
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of the skin. ASDS members are pioneers in the field. Many are involved in the clinical studies that bring popular treatments to revitalize skin and fill and diminish wrinkles to the forefront. Their work has helped create and enhance many of the devices that remove blemishes, hair and fat, and tighten skin. ASDS members also are experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, ASDS members are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease. For more information, visit asds.net.

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American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
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