2015 Annual Report from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) provides a mechanism through which surgeons who specialize in otolaryngology’s largest subspecialty can earn additional recognition for their knowledge and skills. The following report summarizes ABFPRS activity during the past 12 months.

Annual examination

The ABFPRS held its annual examination on June 27-28, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Fifty-one surgeons from the U.S. and Canada, and eight surgeons taking the test as international candidates to complete IBCFPRS requirements, sat for the test, bringing to 1,650 the total number of examinees to date. This test was the 31st since the ABFPRS was established in 1986.

The examination has two parts—the written test, which consists of 300 multiple-choice items, and the oral test, which consists of 12 protocols. This year, both the written and oral tests again earned high reliability ratings during independent analysis of exam results. The reliability rating is the degree to which test scores are consistent and dependable. The failure rate was within the acceptable range for an examination at the subspecialty level.

In London, on July 11-12, 2015, Seven surgeons sat for the examination conducted by the European Board for Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (EBCFPRS), and administered in cooperation with the ABFPRS for completion of EBCFPRS and the International Board for Certification in Facial Plastic Surgery (IBCFPRS) certification requirements.

Diplomate profile

Of the 1,650 examinees to date, 1,225 surgeons have completed all requirements for certification (see “ABFPRS requirements,” this page). Counting the 2015 class of diplomates, ABFPRS certificants reside in 46 states, five Canadian provinces, one U.S. territory and two other countries.

ABFPRS diplomates focus their practices in a variety of ways. This year, ­­96% of ABFPRS diplomates report spending some practice time performing cosmetic surgery, while 81% perform some reconstructive surgery. They spend the balance of their practice time performing other otolaryngologic procedures, including allergy and sinus, burn surgery, cleft lip/palate and craniofacial/skull-base surgery, diving and hyperbaric medicine, drug study and research, facial dermatologic skin care, head and neck surgery, laser treatments, oral surgery, otology, rhinology, sleep apnea, and TMJ.

ABFPRS diplomates also practice in a variety of settings. This year, 30% report spending some time in an academic practice, with the median amount of time spent being 50%. Also, 49% spend some time in a private solo practice, 26% in a private single-specialty group, and 10% in a private, multi-specialty group—with the median amount of time spent being 100% in each of these settings. Further, 3% spend a median of 100% of their time in other settings, ranging from the armed services and the Veterans Administration to HMOs, hospitals, and medical foundations.

Maintenance Of Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® Program

On June 28th, thirty-six more ABFPRS diplomates took the ABFPRS Maintenance Of Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® examination to complete ABFPRS recertification requirements. This brings the total number of surgeons who have completed all ABFPRS Maintenance Of Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® ® requirements to 206.

Support for the ABFPRS

Twenty-six state and national medical societies sponsor the ABFPRS, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Further, the ABFPRS credential has been found to be equivalent to the primary boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties in every state that has set standards for such equivalence, so that the credential continues to be recognized in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and Canadian provinces.

Robert M. Kellman, M.D.

ABFPRS President

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ABFPRS requirements for certification

ABFPRS certification is open to all surgeons who meet the following requirements:

• Completion of an otolaryngology and/or plastic surgery residency approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada;
• Prior certification in one of those specialties through the American Board of Medical Specialties or the RCPSC;
• Two years in practice;
• Submission of 100 acceptable, peer-reviewed cases;
• Passing score on the ABFPRS examination;
• Operate in an accredited facility; and
• Appropriate licensure and adherence to the ABFPRS Code of Ethics.

Applications for the June 2016 examination are available online only at www.abfprs.org or contact the ABFPRS office, 115C South Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; call (703) 549-3223; fax (703) 549-3357; email <information@abfprs.org>.

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ABFPRS requirements for Maintenance Of Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®

Four components necessary to complete recertification requirements:

PROFESSIONAL STANDING

• Prior, earned ABFPRS certificate
• Possession of current, earned certificate from ABOto or ABPS or RCPSC in otolaryngology/head-and-neck surgery or plastic surgery
• Possession of an unrestricted U.S. or Canadian medical license
• Acceptable responses to questionnaire regarding past or pending adverse action
• Satisfactory status with the FSMB and NPDB
• Documentation of privileges to practice facial plastic surgery in an accredited institution or facility
• Compliance with the ABFPRS Code of Ethics

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION

• Documentation of 50 hours of CME credits every two years

COGNITIVE EXPERTISE

• Candidates must achieve a passing score on a one-day examination and may choose from three exam modules:

  • -100% cosmetic surgery
  • -100% reconstructive surgery or
  • -50% cosmetic and 50% reconstructive

PRACTICE PERFORMANCE

• Submission of a 12-month sequential operative log of eligible procedures performed the year preceding submission of the application, with a minimum of 50 procedures
• Operative reports for the last 35 consecutive cases on the operative log

Applications for the June 2016 examination are available online only at www.abfprs.org or contact the ABFPRS office, 115C South Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; call (703) 549-3223; fax (703) 549-3357; email .

Diplomate Resources

The ABFPRS offers its diplomates a number of resources including:
  • Verifying certification
  • Framed certificates
  • Patient education flyers
  • AMA guidelines for ethical advertising
  • ABFPRS guest examiner
  • ABFPRS committee

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