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European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery Committee of Education


The European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (EAFPS) aims to train, maintain, and uphold the highest quality in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery through its recognized Fellowship training program and Certification process. This ensures training compliance, with all member Societies involved, maintains uniformity at the highest standards of training to reassure the patients and the public.  Fellows who successfully complete the EAFPS fellowship are expected to pursue certification by the European Board of Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (EBCFPRS).

Mandatory requirements:

  1. The applicant is a current resident in the Europe, European Union or an “EAFPS affiliated” country (Israel, Turkey, United Kingdom).
  2. The applicant has a Medical Degree (MD) and has completed specialist surgical training in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery or Maxillo-Facial Surgery and has passed the respective specialty examinations of the member societies country(‘s).
  3. This specialist surgical training has been completed in a European centre as stipulated.
  4. The applicant is an EAFPS member for a minimum of 2 years prior to application.
  5. The applicant is supported by two current EAFPS members, of which at least one is Board Certified in FPRS.

General rules of the EAPFS fellowship program

  1. The duration of the fellowship is a minimum of one year – lesser periods are not accepted. All centres must be accredited by the EAFPS and/or IFFPSS
  2. The EAFPS recommends completing the fellowship within one year, where not possible, the duration may be extended to a maximum of 2 years.
  3. The Fellowship may be organized in more than one recognised centre (as mentioned above), with a mandatory 6-month period in the main fellowship centre. The EAFPS recommends discussing the sequence, content, and individual educational requirements with the primary mentor(s).
  4. All fellows except those from Maxillo-facial speciality are expected to take the EBCFPRS examination under the auspices of the IFFPSS. The EAPFS recommends taking the exam at the end or earliest opportunity on completion of fellowship.

How to apply for an EAFPS fellowship

  1. Download the EAFPS fellowship application form available from the EAFPS website.
  2. Ensure you meet the EAFPS’s mandatory requirements.
  3. Complete the application form typed (handwritten applications will not be accepted).
  4. The following documents must be supplied with the application.
    1. Letter of support from two current EAFPS members, of which at least one must be Board Certified in FPRS.
    2. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Email application with required documents to

Important dates and fellowship guidelines:

  1. The closing date for application is December 31st.
  2. Shortlisted applicants based on “selection criteria” (see below) will be contacted by the Chair of fellowship committee during mid-January.
  3. The interviews will take place by end-February.
  4. Results of interview will be announced immediately after with merit-based ranking.
  5. Based on ranking order, applicants will have priority to choose their fellowship centre, by end-March.
  6. Following provides guidelines for fellowship models to choose from over a 12-month period.

eafps fellowships 12months programme

Visiting more than one centre is advised to facilitate wider exposure and perspective. No more than 4 centres should be included in the programme with no less than 6 months in the main centre.

  1. All fellowships must commence on July 1st and completed within a maximum of two years.
  2. A certificate will be issued by EAFPS on satisfactorily completing the fellowship programme
  3. All fellows are expected to sit the EBCFPRS exam except from OMF training .

Selection Criteria

  1. The following are considered in the selection process which includes an interview process:
  2. Grading system with scores
  3. Interview with Fellowship Committee and Executive Board Members.

The Grading system categories with scores:

  1. Published peer-reviewed papers and/or book chapter(s) on Facial Plastic Surgery written in English language
    a1: First author
    1 to 3 papers
    Book chapter(s)
    More than 3 papers
    a2: Not first author
    1 to 3 papers
    Book chapter(s)
    More than 3 papers
  2. Research projects in Facial Plastic Surgery
    Masters or Relevant research >1 year
    PhD thesis (accepted/defended successfully)
  3. Working visits or observerships in an IFFPRSS recognised centre
    Observership (1-4 weeks)
    More than 1 Observership
    1 Masterclass (3 months)
    More than 1 masterclass
  4. Courses or meetings in Facial Plastic Surgery
    d1: Didactic lecture course/meeting
    1 to 3 courses or meetings
    More than 3 courses or meetings
    d2: Hands on course/meetings
    1 to 3 courses or meetings
    More than 3 courses or meetings
  5. Surgical procedures in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Observations/assisted only
    Performed 20-50
    Performed 51-150
    Performed > 150

Funding for Fellows

The EAFPS Board of Education strives towards a fair and transparent decision-making process regarding funding of its Fellows to attract and support the best talent. Eligibility criteria include above average credentials, demonstrable dedication to FPS and experience in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The number of Funded Fellows is determined each year by the EAFPS Executive Board.

Retrospective funding is strictly forbidden.

Funding is only provided to fellows who start/have started their programme in the same year that funding is awarded.

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