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ASPS President's Page: Education is key

Welcome to the June edition of the President's Page. As summer kicks into full gear, we've got a lot of activity on our plate for members, including an upcoming event you don't want to miss: The Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium, set for July 19-21 at the new Fairmont Austin Hotel, co-chaired by John Kim MD and Karol Gutowski, MD.

Both of these events get to the heart of something that's core to our Society and its members, and that's high-quality education. New techniques, technology and research can change the scope of our practice in large and small ways every day, and that's why it's important that we're out front keeping members abreast of the latest science and providing the most up-to-date information that's available.

With that in mind, June is Migraine Awareness Month, and I'm proud to say that once again, ASPS is at the forefront of making sure that information on migraine treatment is not only accessible to our members, but to our patients as well. I'd also like to welcome the Migraine Surgery Council as the newest affiliate organization to ASPS! For anyone interested in joining, please email As part of the ongoing updates and fortification of, a new migraine treatment page has been made live on the website and Ash Patel, MD, chair of the Society's Public Education Committee, is here to tell us a little bit more about that and the committee's work to continue being an invaluable resource to members and patients below.

I'm also proud to say that this year, ASPS earned ACCME's second consecutive six-year accreditation with commendation recognition, which is the highest such honor that can be bestowed upon an organization for ensuring that the information provided in talks, lectures and meetings is transparent and free from bias. Securing this recognition was helped by our Continuing Education Committee, chaired by Michael Wong, MD, who has some more detail on their work below.

Speaking of best-in-class education, don't forget that registration is open for Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2018 in Chicago. The meeting's program has been posted online and if you haven't registered yet, now's a great time to make sure your trip is booked.

I know your time is extremely valuable. I sincerely hope these monthly updates help illuminate the tremendous activities going on behind the scenes at ASPS as well as the value of your membership dues. As always, I look forward to your feedback in terms of any thoughts, ideas, questions or concerns you might have. Don't hesitate to get in touch –

Yours in service,


Public Education Committee Update

The Migraine Surgery resource on the ASPS website is notable work – not only by the committee as well as ASPS staff – in that all of the patient education information is written by plastic surgeons who have experience performing the surgery and treating patients. It was decided that we should be the ones who take this information to the patient, so in addition to information on the procedure and recovery, there is also a comprehensive set of questions that patients can ask surgeons, information on risks, safety and costs. This continues the work we've done updating all patient safety information on our website, and having the breadth and detail of information we make available shows why is one of the premier sites out there for patient information. We're not done yet, either. We hope to continue adding content to these pages to make them even better.

-Ash Patel, MD, Chair

Continuing Education Committee Update

The Continuing Education Committee is charged with oversight of all ASPS programming that offers Continuing Education Credits, and we work to ensure that our Society offers the best-quality content to our members. Although we're proud to contribute to the Society's recent recognition of accreditation with commendation by the ACCME for the second straight six-year term, we are not resting on our laurels. Instead, we are looking at the 16 new ACCME criteria for accreditation with commendation so our Society programming might address these five categories: team-based education, public health priorities, skill enhancement, educational leadership and outcome achievement. We review conflict-of-interest disclosures provided by all content developers and presenters of our accredited educational activities to ensure excellence in our programming and continue to review and interpret new ACCME guidelines as well as to write ASPS policy for topics related to the delivery of accredited educational activities. These include developing guidelines to identify and avoid commercial bias as well as setting the standards for use of commercial support.

-Michael Wong, MD, Chair