fellowship programs and practices seeking to initiate a fellowship program have
until June 15 to apply for accreditation status for the new cosmetic dermatologic
The American Society
for Dermatologic Surgery launched the Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship
Accreditation Program in summer 2013 to promote comprehensive – and accredited
– post-residency training in cosmetic dermatologic surgery procedures. Both
ASDS members and non-members may participate in the fellowship program.
The ASDS program
focuses on six core competencies: patient care, medical knowledge,
practice-based learning, interpersonal skills, professionalism and system-based
practice. Each fellowship program must have at least two faculty members to
support the educational needs of one Fellow, and must average at least 1,000
combined cases per year in five of eight categories over the past five years.
The categories include: wrinkles and folds, body contouring, rejuvenation,
lifting, resurfacing, hair treatments, veins and scar revision.
The first seven
Fellows at four ASDS-accredited programs will complete their specialized
training in aesthetic dermatology this summer.
“Residents are required
to perform skin cancer surgery and repairs of surgical defects, but receive limited
exposure to fillers, neuromodulators and lasers, to name just a few gaps,” said
ASDS President Mitchel P. Goldman, M.D. “This is happening at the same time as
there is more patient demand than ever for cosmetic procedures. Our accreditation
program fills that void and – with its rigorous curriculum and challenging
standards – also ensures that future dermatologists are well-trained in
led the way in many of the cutting-edge, game-changing treatments in the field
of aesthetics, said Mathew Avram, M.D., J.D., an ASDS Board member and chair of
the Society’s Accreditation Work Group, which oversees the accreditation
“However, there was
no formal, standardized process for young physicians to gain additional
comprehensive training in cosmetic dermatologic surgery. The current ACGME
Procedural Dermatology Fellowship program is mostly Mohs, excision and repair. We
thought it was vitally important to establish high-quality training standards
similar to those set by ACGME and the Mohs College, but for specialized
training in aesthetic dermatology,” he said.
ASDS will inform Fellowship
program directors of their provisional acceptance or denial in July. Site
reviews will take place in July, August and September, with final decisions
made in October. The new accredited programs will be posted to the ASDS website
and the ASDS DermSurg Fellowship Finder in November.
programs are one year in length and begin on July 1, Aug. 1 or Sept. 1 of each
calendar year. The training is held in the office or facility of the Fellowship
director where the majority of training time is spent.
For more information,
or call 847-956-0900.