Important COVID-19 Related Announcements:

Uniform Invitation Date Update
To the Plastic Surgery community including interested medical students.

The membership of ACAPS initially voted to establish October 30th as the uniform interview extension date this year at the Spring business meeting in April. Times have changed, and ACAPS agrees with The Coalition's guidance to suspend in-person interviews and replace them with web based interviews for 2020-2021. We recognize this new format creates uncertainties regarding not only the mechanism for interviewing but also the strategy, raising such questions as "since financial and time costs are so much less, does my program need to interview more candidates; should my program offer more interview dates; would a tiered interview process help, etc." There is no single optimal solution for these questions, thus each program will develop a strategy that best meets its needs.

With such wide variability and uncertainty in mind, the ACAPS Board thinks it is important to continue the practice of having a unified initial invitation date for the wellness of our future residents. The data suggest that the distress that students endure waiting to hear from programs over a prolonged period of time was greatly relieved with the set invitation release date. The students have stated the uniform first invitation date was a great improvement going beyond cost and scheduling. Programs also reported their positive experience. With this in mind, the ACAPS Board suggests that we carry on with the consensus formed in April and continue to have a uniform date to extend initial invitations to applicants. Since the AAMC has moved the opening of ERAS back one month to October 1, 2020, the Board suggest that we move our uniform invitation date back one month to December 4, 2020. The Dec. 4 date allows the same amount of time to review applications as before, and since there is no need to travel to interviews this year, almost all of December is still available for virtual interviews.

Accordingly, the ACAPS Board is asking that the scheduling of virtual interviews begin on Dec. 7th. This allows applicants a weekend to assess their invitations and formulate a plan for interviewing. Further details as to the time of extending interview invitations and the time to begin scheduling will be coming at a later date.

Robert A. Weber, MD
President, American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons

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ACAPS Coordinator Meeting
October 2020
San Francisco, CA

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.

ACAPS Webinars

Making the Most of Mentoring
Monday June 15, 2020

Important Dates

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18th Annual Duke Flap Course
Virtual August 1, 2020
Course faculty
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Penn Flap Course
August 14-16, 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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ACAPS Coordinator Meeting
October 2020
San Francisco, CA

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: 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.