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Should my Plastic Surgeon Be FACS Certified?
7 Doctor Answers | Asked by Elva
A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons is a Board Certified surgeon in a wide variety of subspecialties who is in good standing and who has applied to the ACS for membership, submitted case lists and been approved by their governiong body. I am proud to have been accepted into membership in the ACS and sometimes use the designation FACS after my name. However, being FACS doesn't necessarily mean that you are an excellent plastic surgeon who will give the patients the best result...
Important, but not necessary distinction
Hi there- I think that the most important qualifications to look for (and I would consider these absolute requirements were I looking for a plastic surgeon for myself or a loved one): Training in an accredited PLASTIC SURGERY residency program. This means your surgeon spent years (not months) training under the direct supervision of other board certified plastic surgeons before calling themselves a plastic surgeon. Board Certification by THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY. These...
It is not about your plastic surgeon's qualifications alone, but also about the person!
So who is better qualified to do your plastic surgery? Even though I am a Fellow of the American College of Surgeon (FACS), I do not think that this alone is enough to ensure you that you are choosing the best plastic surgeon. To me it is all about the individual surgeon and his/her quality of work. Do your homework and thoroughly check into your prospective plastic surgeon’s background: Find out where he/she went to medical school, residency training, and fellowship training...
Board certification and proper training is what you need to look for. The fellowship of the american college of surgeons does not mean additional training or verify the quality of the training. It simply means the surgeon is board certified and that he applied to the college and submitted enough documentation.
It is nice, but not a deal-breaker.
When finding a plastic surgeon, I would recommend you search for one who is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgeons. You can find board-certified plastic surgeons in your community by searching www.plasticsurgery.org or www.surgery.org. I am proud to be a member of The American College of Surgeons thus I will put FACS behind my name, however, you may find some surgeons who are not plastic surgeons that are a member of The American College of Surgeons. They may be certified...
Proud to be a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons
While Fellowship status in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is indeed a true honor, it does not confer any additional skills or talents to your plastic surgeon. Instead, it indicates a committment to surgical training, ethics, and education that is a reflection of the ideals of the ACS. The American College of Surgeons was founded in 1913 with its primary goal to standardize the education of surgeons and promote ethical behavior in an effort to better serve patients. Plastic surgeons...
Plastic surgeon qualifications
FACS represents being a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. While this is a nice honor, it is more important to be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).