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ACAPS News - November 2014

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President’s Message

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

It's hard to believe that we are already halfway through our year and the holiday season is almost upon us! At the beginning of my term in April, I developed a list of 27 initiatives that we targeted to accomplish by April of 2015. That has expanded to 40. Each committee was given responsibility to develop and execute these initiatives. Multiple task forces were created. Members were engaged to help create innovative content. The entire ACAPS committee structure was analyzed, revamped and repopulated. The commitment was made to be aggressive in accomplishing these goals so that ultimately we deliver value to the membership, which is the theme of the year. To this end, we also developed monthly updates in the form of this President’s Page so that we can keep membership informed as to the tremendous progress our organization is making thanks to everyone's incredible efforts. I thought that a midterm update would help keep you aware of the progress that is being made on all fronts. We are on target to accomplish our goals!

Thank you for an outstanding Fall meeting in Chicago. We will keep the momentum going and continue to provide you value with practical resources you can use in your programs. Our unwavering commitment remains to you, the member, as well as to resident education.

I want to personally thank our volunteer members on these committees and task forces, the committee chairs and co-chairs, and the vice presidents whose time and effort are bringing all members the opportunity to utilize these initiatives in your programs.

Yours in service,
- Jeff Janis, President


Mid-Term Update on Initiatives


Winter Retreat:

  • Expanded from 1 to 1-1/2 days this year
  • Topics will include Milestone Update, Annual Program Evaluations, Professionalism, Mentoring, Scientific Abstracts, and a Winter Business Meeting December 6-7, 2014, O’Hare Hilton Hotel


Spring Retreat:

  • “Teaching in the OR: Can we do Better?” with an educational paper session included
  • Putting on panel at AAPS meeting on “Time vs. Competency-Based Education”


Bylaws Committee:

  • Approved bylaw amendment to provide for a Resident and a Coordinator representative on the ACAPS Board of Directors
    • Elected Jennie Cheesborough (resident) and Kathy Hoh (PC) at Chicago Fall Business Meeting
    • Expanded Board of Directors to be in place by December Board meeting


Education Committee:

  • Developed Core Surgery Guidelines for Integrated Programs
  • Created “5th module” (core surgery) for plastic surgery in-service training exam (to be deployed Spring 2016)
  • “Teach the Teacher Sessions” being implemented at ACAPS meetings
    • First one given at Fall meeting in Chicago
    • 3 year curriculum
    • All to be video captured and put on ACAPS website and PSEN


Website Committee:

  • Complete redesign to be more user friendly
  • Creating clearinghouse of abstract deadlines for all major plastic surgery meetings and organizations with push notification to members
  • Involved in advertising newly revamped fellowship clearinghouse
  • Will serve as central area for all initiatives so members have access to all resources
  • Mobile and tablet functionality being added
  • Google analytics being used to track usage patterns and develop future initiatives


New Residency Programs:

  • Put consolidated, updated documents on the website so can be found by search engines
  • Listed 2 points of personal contact for anyone wishing to start a new program (Hoffman, McGrath)


Resident Selection Committee:

  • Letter of Recommendation form revised, approved and deployed
  • Developed Match Withdrawal Policy (approved at Fall Business meeting)


Fellowship Committee:

  • Finalizing newly updated Fellowship Clearinghouse in concert with the Website Committee
    • Will include information on all ACGME and non-ACGME fellowships for “one stop shop” for applicants and for programs


Mentoring Committee:

  • Developed multi-year plan for future Mentoring Sessions at Fall meeting
  • Establishing one-on-one mentor relationships
  • Goldwyn Award call for nomination distributed. New policies instituted for nomination process.
  • Created ACAPS Listserv (in conjunction with AAPS)


Virtual Reality:

  • Latissimus dorsi breast reconstruction simulator complete and will be added to PSEN


Ethics and Professionalism:

  • Version 1.0 of this project complete with 10 scenarios on PSEN in the Resident Education Curriculum
  • Version 2.0 being developed


Issues Committee:

  • White Paper on Departmental Status completed


PSEN/Curriculum Development Committee:

  • Version 4.0 went live July 2014, with voiced-over PowerPoints, new articles, revised questions
  • Version 5.0 being developed for July 2015


Plastic Surgery Coordinator Committee:

  • Conducted very successful Plastic Surgery Coordinators Symposium at Fall Meeting
  • Named Kathy Hoh Coordinator representative on the ACAPS Board


Global Health Committee:

  • New committee created and deployed this year
  • Conducting a survey of plastic surgeon overseas rotation
  • Developing a VIPS calendar on the website
  • Will examine role of “reverse fellowships” in plastic surgery


ACAPS Panel at ASPS:

  • Developed ACAPS panel at ASPS annual meeting for first time
    • “MOC vs. MOL: What You Need to Know”
  • Will hardwire into ASPS meeting for future years


Intern Boot Camp Task Force:

  • New Presidential-commissioned task force
  • Developing Version 1.0 of an onsite Boot Camp for new residents
  • Will include electronic-based durable materials (virtual component)
  • Target: 2015


Microsurgery Training Task Force:

  • New Presidential-commissioned task force
  • Designed to develop common resource for all programs to help with microsurgical training
  • Will partner with other institutions and organizations (ASRM, ASPS, SIU, Stanford, Buncke Clinic, etc.)
  • Will include didactics, videos, articles
  • Will put on ACAPS website and PSEN
  • Target deployment: Spring 2015


Resident Cosmetic Clinic Task Force:

  • New Presidential-commissioned task force
  • Designed to develop common resource for all programs to help with resident cosmetic clinic training
  • Will include didactics, videos, articles
  • Will put on ACAPS website
  • Target deployment: Fall 2015


Mini Curriculum on the Business of Plastic Surgery Task Force:

  • New Presidential-commissioned task force
  • Designed to develop common resource for all programs to help with outlining business principles for plastic surgeons (both residents and faculty)
  • Will include didactics, videos, articles
  • Partnering with Johns Hopkins and UNC
  • Will put on ACAPS website and PSEN
  • Target deployment: Spring 2015


Young Academic Surgeons:

  • Launching a new segment of ACAPS that is geared to encourage membership and participation for members who are 42 years old or younger and/or who are in their first 7 years of practice


Ad Hoc Resident Committee Members:

  • Select committees have been populated with resident members to help gain important participation, exposure, and feedback.

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