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.
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 Every 10 years or Complete the FACEforward Program Every Year
Candidates have the option of sitting for a proctored written and oral examination or participating in FACEforward, a longitudinal assessment program of 5 protocols that can be completed online over a 7-month period. Candidates choosing FACEforward must complete the longitudinal assessment program every year to complete Part III MOC in FPRS® requirements.
To prepare for the exam or the FACEforward program, 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.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. AAFPRS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AAFPRS designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 15.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Surgeons who successfully complete the ABFPRS FACEforward program on an annual basis are eligible to receive 15 CME credits every year if they are a member of the AAFPRS in good standing. Please contact [email protected] at AAFPRS with any questions. FACEforward is designed to allow attendees to apply new knowledge into practice and demonstrate competence in clinical assessment in the field of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.