What Does it mean to be a Board Certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon?

Surgical specialization is one of the major enhancements in medical care over the last 30 years. For example, a fellowship trained Reconstructive & Facial Plastic Surgery in Orange County has more comprehensive training in facial surgery than any other medical specialty.

To become a board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon like Dr. Jacob Boeckmann, one must complete an internship in General Surgery followed by a four year ACGME-approved residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. During this training the surgeon focuses specifically on anatomy, medical conditions and treatment of the head, face and neck.

Extensive training is dedicated to plastic and reconstructive surgery during this critical time. At the completion of the residency training the surgeon is then board eligible, by the American Board of Medical Subspecialties (ABMS), to practice Head & Neck Surgery as well as Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The surgeon must complete and pass a rigorous two-day written and oral examination to become board certified. For those who wish to dedicate their professional careers exclusively to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery the Fellowship Program of the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) represents the finest post-graduate training in the world for facial plastic surgery and is supported by the dedicated efforts of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). At the completion of fellowship training the surgeon must then complete another two-day written and oral examination, undergo peer review of at least one hundred facial plastic surgery cases over two years, obtain appropriate medical licensing, and adhere to the ABFPRS code of ethics.

It is only at this point that a surgeon becomes Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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