A working visit is defined as a period of 1-4 weeks, during which observation and training in clinical management and surgery is offered. It is important to understand that a working visit is distinct from a fellowship training program in facial plastic surgery and as such provides no credential.
A fellowship training program in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is a period of surgical training with a duration of 12 months. After completing the fellowship, the fellow is expected to sit the exam of the European Board for Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (EBCFPRS). Selected fellowship programs are eligible for funding by the EAFPS (see link “about getting the fellowship funded).
After completion of the fellowship training program, it can be formally be awarded by the EAFPS after the Committee of Education has reviewed the signed in-training evaluation forms, in-training operative log and a mentor-signed letter of confirmation that the fellow has completed the full training program. Afterwards the fellow is expected to sit the EBCFPRS exam, held in London each year. An awarded fellowship and passing the London exam are two parts of the certification process. Afterwards, candidates have to submit 100 relevant surgical cases over a 2 year period, which will be reviewed by an expert board of the EBCFPRS. Only when all requirements have been fulfilled, the successful candidate is provided with a certificate of “EBCFPRS Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon”. For more information about the certification process and requirements please visit to :www.ebcfprs.org and www.iffpss.org