The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery has announced that the first group of fellows have completed its Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Accreditation Program.
The fellowship program was conceived in 2013 by Mitchel P. Goldman, MD, former American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) president, and “was embraced by [ASDS] leaders and members who fully appreciated the need to fill a cap in the existing training program for cosmetic dermatologic surgery,” according to a press release.
Mitchel P. Goldman
“We set up criteria, created curriculum and training requirements, and devised everything that was needed to launch the initiative,” Goldman, program director at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, said in the release. “We established very specific guidelines to assure that trainees are actually expanding their skills and knowledge of cosmetic dermatologic surgery.”
The seven fellows who completed the program’s first year were Ana Marie Liolios, MD; Emily Keller, MD; Kathryn Kent, MD; Laurel Morton, MD; Anne Marie Tremaine, MD; Lisa Xu, MD; and Kira Minkis, MD, according to the ASDS.
“It’s a win-win,” Mathew M. Avrim, MD, JD, program director at Massachusetts General Hospital, said in the release regarding the fellowship program. “It is a wonderful chance to train the future leaders of our field. You learn as much from your fellows as they learn from you.”
Applications for 2015-2016 accreditation status for dermatology programs in the ASDS Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Program are due by June 15 for both ASDS members and non-members, the release stated. Applications for early approval for the 2016-17 program year are due by Sept. 15. Further information is available at asds.net/cosmetic-accreditation.