Difference Between ABPS and ABFPRS Board Certification?

What is the difference between being board certified with ABPS and ABFPRS? Is one more prestigous than another, or does the other require more training? Thank you.

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The designation ABPS stands for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It requires at least 3 years of surgery training before 3 years of plastic surgery traing and often those who are ABPS certifed have even more training than that such as being American Board of Surgery certifed.

The ABFPRS certification is obtained by ENT physicians, not plastic surgeons, who have done a fellowship is facial cosmetic surgery.

You will have to decide which flavor makes you more comfortable as there are good doctors in both camps.


ABPS is an ABMS recognized board whereas ABFPRS is not. ABPS requires graduation from a certified plastic surgery residency whereas ABFPRS can be bestowed on individuals completing a residency in otolaryngology or plastic surgery. 

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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