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ACAPS Position Statement on Interviews for the 2021-22 Plastic Surgery Resident Recruitment Season

The American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons recognizes the significant and unique challenges the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has posed for Plastic Surgery resident recruitment. Obviously, candidate interviews are critical for both candidates and for programs to gain the data necessary to inform the selection and ranking process. In 2020-2021, AAMC policy mandated that all resident recruitment interviews were conducted virtually. This year, the AAMC policy does not preclude in-person interviews and although some institutions will allow them, many Universities/institutions have already mandated that all recruitment interviews for all their residency programs must be conducted virtually. An open floor discussion at the 30 October 2021 ACAPS Interim Business Meeting centered on the potential inequity that would arise if some programs interviewed in-person while others were restricted to a virtual-only format. After that discussion, a motion was made, voted upon, and passed by a significant majority that ACAPS adopt the following position statement:
For the 2021-2022 resident recruitment season the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons requires that all interviews for both Integrated and Independent Plastic Surgery residency programs be conducted in a virtual format that adheres to the ACAPS Guidance on Virtual Interviewing (see In-person interviews are specifically prohibited. Although candidates are free to visit program locations on their own, the ACAPS Uniform Policy for Post-Interview Communication (the ‘no contact policy’, see remains in effect and for this year is extended to in-person contact with program residents. Therefore, if a candidate visits a program location, there can be no contact of any kind between program attendings, residents, program coordinators, or staff during the visit.

In effect 4 November 2021.

Clearinghouse for Orphaned Residents

"Clearinghouse for Orphaned Residents"
It has been brought to ACAPS attention that the RRC is closing two institutions plastics residencies. To assist these residents in finding new programs we have reached out to current Program Directors and have received information from the following programs that have space available. If you have any questions ACAPS will be happy to assist further.
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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.

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PREPPED: Plastic Surgery Research, Education, and Preparation Promoting Equity & Diversity Workshop
January 22nd & 23rd, 2022
San Diego, California
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San Diego, CA
April 2022

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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. Please note the ACAPS Policy regarding Submitted surveys and note the new quarterly review schedule.

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

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ASPS Resident Education Center
The ASPS Resident Education Curriculum offers more than 100 self-assessment modules for practicing surgeons and residents.