ASPS: Plastic Surgery 2005

Medical professionals who have attended na­tional meetings of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) can attest to the benefits of participating in a premier educational experience at the largest gathering of plastic surgery professionals in the world.

This year’s meeting will take place September 24–28, 2005, in Chicago. For the first time, the American Society for Plastic Surgical Nurses will hold its annual convention concurrent with the ASPS meeting.

The mission of Plastic Surgery 2005: The Premier Educational Experience is to offer practitioners, residents, and other health care professionals a well-rounded curriculum based on the latest information in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. Its goals are to facilitate higher levels of physician competencies, improve health care delivery, provide the highest level of patient safety, and further advance the profession of plastic surgery.

The meeting, which is cosponsored by the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation and the American Society for Maxillo­facial Surgery, will feature scientific papers, panels, and lectures in which prominent speakers will offer insight in such topics as:

• breast surgery (aesthetic and reconstructive);

• cranio-maxillofacial surgery;

• cleft lip and palate correction;

• hand and upper-extremity micro­surgery; and

• postbariatric and body-contouring surgery.

The exhibit hall at McCormick Place Lakeside Center will showcase more than 300 companies specializing in lasers, instruments, cosmetics for skin care, computer software, Internet services, wellness, practice management, publishing, and ancillary services related to plastic surgery. Registered attendees are also invited to enjoy a complimentary lunch buffet during an extended 11¼2-hour lunch period that will provide extra time for them to visit the exhibit hall and network with peers.

All ASPS active members and candidates for membership who attend Plastic Surgery 2005 will receive up to 52 Category 1 CME credits. Each physician’s membership record will be automatically updated at the ASPS—PSEF Executive Office based on registration data.

Plastic Surgery 2005 attendees who are not active ASPS members or candidates for membership should refer to their registration confirmation for credit information.

For more information and registration forms, visit PSP

AAFPRS: Fall Meeting

The American Academy of Fa­cial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) will hold its fall meeting September 22–25, 2005, in Los Angeles. The theme of this year’s gathering is “practicing in the real world, but having fun doing it,” as AAFPRS will combine education, show business, and the art of plastic and reconstructive surgery to create a memorable, fruitful event.

Medical students, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians (MDs and DOs) in the field of facial plastic surgery are welcome to attend this meeting. Topics covered will include aesthetic, reconstructive, and congenital issues relevant to the specialty; as well as the latest information on important day-to-day issues like practice management, technological advancements, the evolving world of beauty, and the pros and cons of various therapeutic options.

New this year is a “4-day pass” universal ticket, which will grant attendance at any course or learning session offered during the meeting. Also new this year, an art exhibit featuring works by AAFPRS surgeon—artists will be held in conjunction with a fund-raising event at a private home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Attendees will be able to view and bid on these works of art to help raise funds  for the AAFPRS Foundation.

Those who attend the AAFPRS meeting will receive 27.25 Category 1 CME credits.

For more information and registration forms, visit PSP