|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!
|Message from ACAPS President Robert Weber
To the membership of ACAPS - colleagues:
|ACAPS Guidance on Virtual Interviewing for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle
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
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.
|ACS Academy Request to Your Surgical Specialty: Survey Results
Dear Members of ACAPS:
Thank you for the participation of the surgical specialty in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in the American College of Surgeonís Academy of Master Surgeon Educatorsí study to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education of surgeons in all surgical specialties. We are pleased to announce that the study, "Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Surgical Training and Learner Well-Being: Report of a Survey of General Surgery and Other Surgical Specialty Educators," has been published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS). View article.
In addition to the article, Dr. Chris Ellison, chair of the Survey Subcommittee summarized some of the results by specialty, which can be found by clicking the links included. We invite you and the members of your specialty group to review the article and informal summary of results by specialty. This may help in identifying specialty-specific opportunities to address future concerns for education and learner well-being that may occur during a future surge of COVID-19 or a similar national crisis.
For your convenience, we have attached the following for your review:
The participation of your colleagues in plastic & reconstructive surgery has provided critical data for our understanding of the impact of the pandemic on surgical education. We thank you for your invaluable assistance in the support and distribution of this survey. We welcome your feedback about the results of this study, as well as any questions you may have.
|Important Dates & Webinars
Programs Interview Dates
|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: firstname.lastname@example.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|
|The Plastic Surgery Match|
|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.
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.