23.12.2014 07:56

EAFPS Presidential Letter December 2014

Dear friends and colleagues,

the year has passed so quickly that I didn’t realize the time for the EAFPS Presidential Address has already arrived. Despite all the economic problems faced by many people around our continent, our Academy continued to provide its members with the opportunities to offer their patients the highest level of best practice.

This year holds a special personal significance as this is my last Presidential Address after six years of presidency. Previously, I had served as the EAFPS General Secretary for several years before my current post.

Six years of service is a long time. As I reflect upon these past years, the most important issue that concerns me is the kind of legacy that I leave behind.

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The European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (EAFPS)

The European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (formerly known as The Joseph Society and as the European Academy of Facial Surgery) was founded in 1977. Its purposes are to create a body of duly qualified surgeons who have had training and experience in plastic and/or reconstructive surgery of the face and neck. Its objectives are to stimulate study, research and scientific advancement in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery between all the specialties that have common interests. These specialties typically being oto-rhino-laryngology, maxillo-facial surgery, ophthalmology and general plastic surgery. The Academy is mainly for surgeons in Europe, although it does have some interested members from outside Europe. The official language of the Academy is English. The Academy has been involved in the European Community in identifying facial plastic surgery as an entity and is active in promoting appropriate training schemes for trainees in the subspecialty of facial plastic surgery. There is a Postgraduate Fellowship Programme and as member of the International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Societies (IFFPSS), we have a common certification process, based on and equal to the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) examination and rules for certification.

 

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