why are you an ASPS member and what does being a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons matter to people considering cosmetic surgery?
Why Are You an ASPS Member?
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ASPS represents 98% of the board certified plastic surgeons in the USA
ASPS stands for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and it is an organization which represents 98% of the plastic surgeons in this country. You have to be board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery before you can join ASPS. The mission statement for ASPS is: "The mission of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is to support its members in their efforts to provide the highest quality patient care and maintain professional and ethical standards through education, research and advocacy of socioeconomic and other professional activities". They provide an educational symposium yearly which are attended by over 4,000 plastic surgeons from the USA and several hundred plastic surgeons from other parts of the world. They require its members to earn 150 hours of CME (continuing medical education credits in a 3 year cycle), require its members to operate in accredited facilities for maximum patient safety, require ethical advertising both written and on the web and advocates for patients' rights and medical care in the political arena. To belong to a society like ours is truly an honor and a privilege.
Most eligible (board-certified) plastic surgeons belong to ASPS. ASPS as well as ASAPS are plastic surgery organizations that offer their members various educational opportunities (annual meetings and other syposia). They also serve the public in attempting to educate them about the difference in training of board-certified plastic surgeons compared to others who perform cosmetic procedures.
ASPS membership is a standard of care.
There are a lot of people trying to do cosmetic surgery. And some of them are pretty scary. This does not mean that every ASPS member is a great artist. But if a plastic surgeon is an ASPS member, this gives the patient the confidence that she is dealing with a well trained, responsible, and -- most important -- ethical doctor.
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ASPS is an advocate for patient safety
There are many reasons why patients should consider seeing a plastic surgeon who is an asps member. One of the more important ones is that they have long advocated on behalf of patients for safety and education. One example is the effort several years ago that resulted in a federal mandate for breast reconstruction coverage by inusurance companies. Another was their decision more than a decade ago to require all of its members who do surgery in an office based facility or other ambulatory surgery center to work only in facilities that are fully accredited by an independent outside agency. They also now require patient safety education credits as part of the continuing medical education process.
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