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ACAPS News - January 2015

President's Message

Jeffrey Janis, MD, President of ACAPS
Jeffrey Janis, MD

As we begin 2015, we aggressively continue on all of our Committees, task forces, and initiatives to provide value to the membership. In this edition, we highlight the work of the new Global Health Committee as well as the Resident Selection Committee. Our plan is to have a robust list of progress across all fronts to share with you as we head towards the Spring Retreat in Scottsdale.

Yours in service,
- Jeff Janis

Updates from the Residency Selection Committee

Chair: Lisa David
Co-Chair: Amanda Gosman

The residency selection committee has been working on 3 issues this year and would like to relay the following information to our members:

Issue 1- Resident Match Survey Results
Applicants to plastic surgery integrated and independent training programs in 2014 were surveyed. Our results showed that the majority of respondents matched successfully and felt that the process was fair. However, most respondents believe that the interview process is unreasonably expensive, with most applicants interviewing at more than eight programs to make a sound decision for their rank list. The respondents agreed that regionalizing interviews could save money and time. Respondents had mixed opinions about the ACAPS policy restricting contact between applicants and programs, but did report that nearly all programs adhered to the policy.

Issue 2- Late Program Withdrawals from the Integrated Match
During the 2013-14 San Francisco Match cycle for Independent Plastic Surgery Residencies, an unprecedented number of programs withdrew from the Match late in the process. The American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS) provides oversight of the San Francisco Match for the Independent Plastic Surgery Residency Programs. ACAPS leadership thoroughly examined the circumstances of each program withdrawal and the existing Match policies. In each case reviewed, program withdrawal from the Match was to avoid a candidate matching to a position that may not meet the requirements American Board of Plastic Surgery eligibility-because of program instability due to changes in institutional funding, leadership or ABPS policy compliance. It is an ACAPS priority moving forward to encourage early disclosure of program instability and reduce the hardship imposed upon the applicants by late program withdrawals. Effective for the 2014-15 Match cycle a December 1st deadline will be imposed for program withdrawals from the Match.

Issue 3- Residency Letter of Recommendation has been revised and is on the website.

Global Health Committee

Chair: Charles Verheyden, MD

The Global Health Committee of ACAPS consists of Mike Bentz, Mark Brzezienski, Amanda Gosman, Trung Ho, John Ingraham, Michael Wong and Charles Verheyden. The committee was charged with a number of initiatives by the executive committee and submitted a report at the retreat responding to those initiatives. A survey was sent to the membership of ACAPS regarding overseas third world mission trips taken by residents. The results, which showed that the practice was widespread and was usually supervised by home faculty, were submitted in manuscript form for an upcoming issue of the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. It appeared from the survey that more programs could participate in this activity and a place on the ACAPS website will be created where programs can list their upcoming trips and residents and faculty can join in if possible or desired. Resources for application to ACGME/RRC for approval to count cases for the residents and a letter to ABPS regarding this were gathered and will also be posted on the website for use by any program wishing to participate.

Future communication with the VIPS committee of ASPS regarding global outreach will be pursued to possibly identify new opportunities for service.

The committee will also be discussing interaction with international training programs and residents in low income countries and how ACAPS may be of help to them.

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