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Surgeons who have completed accredited residencies in otolaryngology or plastic surgery may apply for ABFPRS certification without also completing a fellowship in facial plastic surgery if they have sufficient, acceptable surgical experience and meet other certification requirements. Requirements are spelled out in the ABFPRS Booklet of Information. The Booklet of Information is part of the Application for Certification, which also includes the Sequential Operative Log. These materials are available on-line only.

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Sample Operative Reports 

To help clarify what the ABFPRS Credentials Committee may accept or reject as an operative report, you may download:

Photo Documentation Standards
Should photo documentation be requested by the ABFPRS Credentials Committee to supplement an application, Photo Documentation Standards (PDF) outlines the labeling and views necessary to meet ABFPRS requirements.

Study materials

To prepare for the exam, it is recommended that surgeons review the Examinee’s Guide to the Written and Oral Exams. In addition, they should download a copy of the ABFPRS Reading List, which is a bibliographic listing of topics covered by the prior year’s examination. Surgeons may also take advantage of the practice examinations, which are available by clicking here.

Additional study materials and courses are available through the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. To access the AAFPRS Curriculum Compendium click here.

A word of advice

Before beginning to complete the application, many surgeons find it helpful to contact the ABFPRS office to speak to staff members who can answer questions and help ensure requirements are understood. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the Credentials Committee for review.

Diplomate Resources

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

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