frank datema

Frank Datema MD PhD

Director of the EAFPS Fellowship Committee

European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery

Committee of Education

Due to the increasing European demand of high quality standards in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, the EAFPS continuously strives to enhance the education program. Since 2017 we offer our members 3 different training programs. Construct your own specific training program using the lists of training centers below.  Since 2020 each completed training program is awarded with an official EAFPS certificate.

A. Working Visit

A working visit is defined as a period of 1 to 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 and does not provide any credentials. A working visit can be arranged directly by contacting our members on List A. There is no need to contact or inform the committee of education about a working visit.


B. Observership

An observership is defined as a period between 3 to 6 months, during which observation and training in clinical management and surgery is offered. Sequential observerships can be combined into a fellowship training program (see section C), as long as you are trained in one location for at least 6 months*. The Fellowship Committee will review each such request prospectively (before you can start your training) to decide if:

  1. There is sufficient hands-on training during the one year program
  2. The combination of training centers meet fellowship quality standards

* variation 1: 1×6 months and 2×3 months in different locations | variation 2: 2×6 months in different locations


C. Fellowship training program

A fellowship program in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is a period of hand-on surgical training and surgical observation with a duration of at least 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 (see link “about getting the fellowship funded). Before contacting the Fellowship Committee, please make sure that you meet the mandatory requirements for a fellowship and strictly follow the application process which is explained in the links provided below.

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


D. International Fellowship training program:

E. Board certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

A completed EAFPS accredited fellowship is only one step towards board certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

For exam and certification related information, please visit and

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