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What Does Becoming a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons Mean?

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Olga Bachilo on becoming a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Being a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a prestigious honor that is reserved for only the most dedicated and skilled plastic surgeons. To become a Fellow, a plastic surgeon must go through a rigorous process of education, training, and examination to prove that they have the knowledge, skill, and professionalism to provide the highest quality care to their patients.

The American College of Surgeons was founded in 1913 and is a professional association of surgeons that is dedicated to improving the quality of surgical care in the United States. The ACS offers a number of educational programs and certifications for surgeons, and being a Fellow is the highest honor that the organization can bestow on a surgeon.

To become a Fellow of the ACS, a plastic surgeon must first complete a six-year residency program in plastic surgery that is accredited by the ACS. This program provides the surgeon with the knowledge and skills needed to perform complex cosmetic surgical procedures, such as breast augmentation, facelifts, and tummy tucks as well as reconstructive plastic surgery procedures.
After completing their residency, a plastic surgeon must first pass a comprehensive written and oral examination to become a board-certified plastic surgeon. This examination tests the surgeon’s knowledge of plastic surgery, as well as their ability to make sound clinical decisions and communicate effectively with patients. Only after board certification a surgeon may apply to become a candidate for Fellowship in American College of Surgeons.

Once a plastic surgeon has become a candidate for Fellowship, they must also demonstrate their professional skills and abilities through a review of their patient care, surgical outcomes, and overall performance. This review process, known as the Fellowship Admissions and Review Process (FARP), is conducted by a panel of experienced ACS Fellows who are experts in the field of plastic surgery.

If a plastic surgeon passes the FARP and is approved by the ACS Board of Regents, they are then granted the honor of becoming a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. This honor is a testament to the surgeon’s dedication to providing the highest quality care to their patients, and it is a recognition of their exceptional skill and professionalism.

As a Fellow of the ACS, a plastic surgeon is expected to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct and professionalism in their practice. They are also expected to stay current with the latest advances in plastic surgery through continuing education and participation in professional organizations.

Being a Fellow of the ACS is an important achievement for a plastic surgeon, and it is a recognition of their dedication to their profession and their commitment to providing the best care possible to their patients. It is an honor that is highly respected within the medical community and one that sets these surgeons apart from their peers.

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