The ACAPS leadership wishes to welcome all ACAPS members as we start the new academic year. One can view ACAPS as a "working person’s organization." The organization is not focused on prestige or accolades, but it is the premier organization for resources provided to medical students interested in our specialty, residents who wish to learn from and provide input to our Program Directors in improving the educational process, and faculty members who are engaged in developing and implementing the educational curriculum that defines a plastic surgeon. ACAPS has had tremendous growth in scope, and many of us are not aware of the depth and breadth our current organization. The organization currently consists of 18 committees, as well as liaisons to the educational platforms of all major sibling organizations involved in plastic surgery education. As incoming ACAPS president, I believe there would be no better way to make our members aware of the span of activities in which ACAPS is engaged than to allow the Chair of each committee to provide an update as to the current role of their committee, and their goals for the upcoming year. I will plan to do this through a series of Bulletin Briefs, highlighting the upcoming goals for two of our committees in each brief. These briefs will also provide periodic reports from the ACAPS representatives to our sibling organizations, many of whom have gone unheard in performing the critical missions that make our organization the leader in plastic surgery education.
All plastic surgery residency programs must conduct virtual interviews in the 2022-2023 resident selection cycle. This is a requirement of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), and in-person residency interviews are prohibited for the upcoming residency application cycle. Please contact ACAPS leadership if you have any questions about the virtual interview mandate.
Co-Chair: Alison Snyder-Warwick
The ACAPS Curriculum Committee is charged to review and update national Plastic Surgery Independent and Integrated Curricula on an annual basis. The curricula will be reviewed to ensure that it covers the milestones set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The committee will update the curriculum to incorporate new areas of plastic surgery and changes needed to train future plastic surgeons.
The charge for 2022/2023 is to review current plastic surgery curricula on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN) and expand underrepresented/ deficient topics for a comprehensive curriculum. There are currently nine curricular topics on PSEN, which are Fundamentals of Surgery, Head and Neck, Upper Extremity, Breast, Trunk, Lower Extremity, Aesthetic, Non-Clinical, and Gender Affirmation Surgery, covering the wide breadth of plastic surgery. Learning objectives and curriculum development will follow the structure of the ACGME Milestones 2.0 and be organized into medical knowledge and patient care.
In order to accomplish this charge, the Curriculum Committee shall review existing curricular literature set forth by other curricular governances (e.g., ABPS topics, ACGME case logs). In addition, as needed, the committee will perform the necessary research in graduate medical education (e.g., delphi consensus), develop and administer national surveys for opinion generation, and perform a needs-assessment to identify topics that will require greater curricular development.
The Curriculum Committee will collaborate with the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) to arrive at a uniform curriculum that is current with core knowledge expected of a plastic surgery resident upon graduation. Together with the ACAPS Education Committee, we will provide recommendations to the ASPS Resident Education Curriculum (REC) to create educational materials that support the learning objectives covering the breadth of plastic surgery.
The Curriculum Committee consists of the Chair, Esther Kim, Co-Chair, Liza Wu, and twelve additional appointed members of the Council. Each council member was chosen for their expertise in various specialties within plastic surgery and is charged to enhance and develop new plastic surgery curriculum. The Curriculum Committee decides on the final curriculum to be recommended to the appropriate governances.
Co-Chair: Chad Teven
The Education Committee will review the process of Plastic Surgery Resident Education, develop innovative means to deliver such education, partner with the Curriculum Committee to recommend future improvements / updates in resident training and educational content, and communicate these recommendations to the ACAPS Board of Directors, ASPS Education Network (EdNet), and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
The charge for 2022 / 2023 is to update EdNet content with current, relevant material, the expansion of underrepresented / absent topics deemed necessary plastic surgery information for current residents (e.g. Gender affirmation / dysphoria, surgeon fatigue, ethics, financial education, social determinants of health, burnout, milestone competencies, leadership / teaching, etc), and develop an uniform curriculum that is current with the knowledge expected of a plastic surgery resident upon graduation, from both Integrated and Independent Programs. Many of these topics have been determined to be even more critical considering the recent Covid pandemic. It will review both models of training and provide more direction / uniformity with regards to core surgery rotations, operative procedure types and minimums deemed necessary for plastic surgery competency and align the didactic and clinical curricula with competency-based teaching and education. This Committee will analyze data regarding ASPS EdNet content / materials, Corequest materials, and other published didactic / educational content with regards to accuracy, relevance, and importance concerning the In-Service Exam, American Board of Plastic Surgery Written Exam and Oral Exam, and for subsequent clinical practice. This will optimize resident education for these crucial, future milestones in their plastic surgery careers.
The Education Committee will solicit applications and vote on the following awards: Outstanding Faculty Educator, Outstanding Program Coordinator, and Outstanding Resident Educator. The Education Committee will determine criteria felt to be indicative of the best recipients for these awards. Criteria to be considered includes years of service, creating multiple awards to include both established and up and coming educators, innovation, teaching excellence, and curricula / educational development.
The Education Committee shall consist of a Chair (William Casey III), a Co-Chair (Chad Teven), and additional members of the Council for the upcoming term. The Education Committee will incorporate the Hand Surgery, Business, and Aesthetics Taskforces as permanent Subcommittees under the Education Umbrella. Each Subcommittee will consist of a Chair, a Co-Chair, and additional members of the Council. These Subcommittees will complement the overall effort to provide educational tools and content for the resident.