Upcoming Events A Letter from the AAMC

Virtual interviewing has us in uncharted territory. Many plastic surgery programs have raised concerns about unequal and inefficient distribution of interviews, e.g.-all the programs are chasing the same top applicants potentially leaving many very good candidates without interviews. This phenomenon is not limited to plastic surgery. Please read the AAMC's letter and adjust your interview strategy as needed. We cannot change student behavior, but we can consciously decide to add interview slots for those applicants that may be more likely to match to our institution. In the end, all the plastic surgery positions will be filled (more of us than usual may be SOAPing up this year) and many very good candidates will not match into a plastic surgery position (just like every year). Keep up the good work!

Upcoming Events Message from ACAPS President Robert Weber

To the membership of ACAPS - colleagues:

It has been encouraging to hear the reports of Plastic Surgery programs across the country responding so vigorously to the challenges of COVID; residents and staff serving on the front lines as needed, outside of our comfort zone, putting patient care first, and at the same time doing everything possible to maintain resident and staff safety and wellbeing. Well done!

Congratulations are also in order for your quick, flexible, adaptive responses to the prohibition of both visiting student rotations and in-person residency interviews. You have moved to the virtual world rapidly and creatively. The students have been very grateful for the cooperation you have maintained that has made ACAPS the reliable, authoritative source for information and guidance for students interested in a career in plastic surgery. The way all programs have worked together to make ACAPS a trusted safe zone for questions and answers is an unqualified... Read More

ACAPS Guidance on Virtual Interviewing for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle ACAPS Guidance on Virtual Interviewing for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle

The 2020-2021 residency recruitment season will be a departure from previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic-driven prohibition on away rotations for most students and the fact that the vast majority of recruiting will need to be done virtually. This has raised a number of important questions about how the upcoming virtual interview season will be conducted. This document outlines ACAPS’s guidance regarding virtual interviews. Our goal is to encourage an environment that is as fair to all programs and applicants as possible and minimize pressure on students.
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Upcoming Events Upcoming Events

ACAPS Winter Meeting
February 27 & 28, 2021
To be held virtually
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Our Mission Our Mission

The American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS) is composed of the program directors / chairpersons and associates of American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved plastic surgery residency programs in the United States. Its goal is to provide leadership and support for educational programs for plastic surgery residents. The curriculum for resident educational programs in the US has been derived from the efforts of members of this association.

Plastic Surgery Fellowship and Training Opportunities Directory Plastic Surgery Fellowship and Training Opportunities Directory

ASPS has developed a free listing service to simplify the listing and search for all types of fellowship and training opportunities within the specialty. The goal of this initiative is to provide plastic surgeons and plastic-surgeons-in-training with a searchable database of plastic surgery fellowships, observerships and internships/externship available in the United States and throughout the world.

You are invited to post your fellowships, internships and other post-graduate plastic surgery training opportunities in the new Plastic Surgery Fellowship and Training Opportunities Directory.

ASPS believes this directory will help publicize existing opportunities and provide a broad ranging listing for residents and all plastic surgeons who are seeking additional training. The listings are free to post and free to search for everyone. The directory will be searchable by sub-specialty, duration, country and/or region, paid or unpaid, and more. The Plastic Surgery Fellowship and Training Opportunities Directory is open to private plastic surgeons, institutions, and training directors to post their short and long-term training options.

COVID-19 Related Information

Plastic Surgery Match Timeline 2020-2021 Update
Uniform Invitation Date Update
Resources During COVID-19
COVID-19 Surgical Case Log FAQs
Away Rotation Update
Note from the ABPS – Re: Written Board Exams
Payment Information
Match Rank Deadline and Match Date Moved

Important Dates & Webinars

Programs Interview Dates
Submit Interview Dates
View Institutions Interview Dates
Virtual Interviews FAQs

2021 Duke Flap Course
August 6 – 8, 2021
Durham, NC
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Previous ACAPS Webinars

ACAPS Approved Surveys

Any survey request to Plastic Surgery Program Directors, Coordinators or Residents should be submitted to ACAPS for review and approval before being sent to PDs Coordinators or Residents. Request should be submitted to: admin@acaplasticsurgeons.org using this template. This process does not apply to surveys from other major societies. Our Program Coordinators and Program Directors will be under no obligation to respond to any independent survey not approved by ACAPS.

Corequest & Inservice Exams

InService Exams

The Plastic Surgery Match

Training Requirements
Residency Application
Matching Program Information
Medical Student Registration Form for Match Information

RADAR Resource for Residents
Residents who log into RADAR will now have an area created specifically for their educational needs as a plastic surgery resident.

RADAR Resource
iTunes App

Surgery Milestones
Surgery Milestones
Surgery Milestones

A Joint Initiative of The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc.

Read about the Plastic Surgery Milestone Project in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.