Since January 1, 2001, the certificates issued by the ABFPRS have been valid for 10 years only. Diplomates who were certified since then and who want to maintain their certification must participate in the ABFPRS Maintenance of Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® (MOC in FPRS℠) program. All diplomates, even those holding lifetime certificates, are encouraged to participate.
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions (PDF) about the Maintenance of Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® program.
There are three helpful articles from the New England Journal of Medicine about maintenance of certification that you may want to read.
Personal Metrics for Practice – How am I Doing?
Recertification for Internists – One Grandfather’s Experience
Renewing Board Certification
If you are uncertain as to when you were certified and thus whether or not your participation is mandatory in order to maintain your credential, contact us.
STEP ONE: Register for the Program
STEP TWO: Complete an Acceptable Application
All requirements are spelled out in the ABFPRS Maintenance of Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® Booklet of Information. The Booklet of Information is part of the Application for Maintenance of Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, which also includes the Sequential Operative Log. These materials are available on-line only.
To help clarify what the ABFPRS Credentials Committee may accept or reject as an operative report or correct Sequential Operative Log, you may download:
- Sample Operative Reports
- Operative Report Standards (PDF)
- Sample Self-Generated Sequential Operative Log Page (PDF)
STEP THREE: Pass Written and Oral Exams
To prepare for the exam, it is recommended that surgeons review the Examinee’s Guide to the Written and Oral Exams (PDF). In addition, they should download a copy of the ABFPRS Reading List, which is a bibliographic listing of articles on topics covered by the exam. Surgeons may also take advantage of the Practice Examinations, which are available online. Additional study materials and courses are available through the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
A Standing Offer
Maintenance of Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® applicants are invited to call the ABFPRS office before they start to complete the application. Staff is familiar with the application process and can help ensure that applications are completed in a full and timely manner.