Sumary of ABCS-certified doctors don’t measure up to meet criteria required for plastic surgeons:
- Drolet, MD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., and colleagues reviewed online information to assess residency training history and advertised scope of practice for 342 ABCS-certified physicians..
- “Our review of ABCS diplomate training backgrounds revealed nearly ten percent of ABCS members were not even trained in a surgical discipline,”.
- According to the study, over half (62.6%) of ABCS diplomates advertised surgical operations beyond the scope of their ACGME or CODA residency training..
- Specialties with the highest prevalence of practicing beyond scope of training were internal medicine (n=2, 100%), general surgery (n=69, 95.8%), obstetrics and gynecology (n=17, 85%), otolaryngology (n=65, 59.1%), dermatology (n=16, 51.6%), and oral and maxillofacial surgery (n=30, 50%)..
- The most commonly offered out of training scope procedures were liposuction (59.6%), abdominoplasty (50.0%), breast augmentation (49.7%) and buttock augmentation (36.5%)..
- rhinoplasty, full face lift, neck lift) OB/GYN – Any aesthetic surgery General Surgery – Any aesthetic surgery Dermatology – Surgical procedures not including Mohs surgery or skin lesion OMFS – Any aesthetic surgery below the neck Internal Medicine – Any surgical procedure Related Stories “When selecting an aesthetic surgeon, many patients place trust in knowing their surgeon is a ‘board-certified’ plastic surgeon,”.
- A board-certified plastic surgeon must have at least six years of surgical training, including completion of an accredited plastic surgery training program…