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Frank Datema,MD,PhD
Director of education

European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery

Board of education

Due to an increasing European demand in quality standards, the EAFPS is striving to further enhance the EAFPS training system. Starting in 2017 we will offer our members 3 different training programs in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Construct your own specific training program using the lists of training centers below.

A. Working Visit

A working visit is defined as a period of 1-4 weeks, during which observation and training in clinical management and surgery is offered. It is important to understand that a working visit is distinct from a fellowship training program in facial plastic surgery and as such provides no credential.

LIST A. WORKING VISIT TRAINING CENTERS

B. Observership

An observership is defined as a period between 1-3 months, during which observation and training in clinical management and surgery is offered. Four consecutive observerships of 3 months can count as a fellowship training program as long as mandatory fellowship requirements are met (see section C). The EAFPS Committee of Education will have to review each such request prospectively (before starting your training)to decide if:

  1. there is sufficient hands-on training during the one year program and
    the construction and locations offer sufficient teaching to meet fellowship quality standards.

LIST B. OBSERVERSHIP TRAINING CENTERS

C. Fellowship training program

A fellowship training program in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is a period of surgical training with a duration of 12 months. After completing the fellowship, the fellow is expected to sit the exam of the European Board for Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (EBCFPRS). Selected fellowship programs are eligible for funding by the EAFPS (see link “about getting the fellowship funded).

General rules and guidelines for a fellowship
How to apply for an officially certified EAFPS fellowship
How to apply as a training center
About getting the fellowship funded
About the EBCFPRS exam
Fellowship application form
Fellowship guidelines for mentors
Fellowship in-training evaluation form (6 and 12 months)
Fellowship in-training operative log

LIST C. FELLOWSHIP TRAINING CENTERS

D. How a formally awarded EAFPS fellowship can lead to Board certification in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery by the International Board for Certification in Facial Plastic Surgery (IBCFPRS) Credentials Committee

After completion of the fellowship training program, it can be formally be awarded by the EAFPS after the Committee of Education has reviewed the signed in-training evaluation forms, in-training operative log and a mentor-signed letter of confirmation that the fellow has completed the full training program. Afterwards the fellow is expected to sit the EBCFPRS exam, held in London each year. An awarded fellowship and passing the London exam are two parts of the certification process. Afterwards, candidates have to submit 100 relevant surgical cases over a 2 year period, which will be reviewed by an expert board of the EBCFPRS. Only when all requirements have been fulfilled, the successful candidate is provided with a certificate of “EBCFPRS Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon”. For more information about the certification process and requirements please visit to: www.ebcfprs.org and www.iffpss.org

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