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Aesthetic surgery training is integral to the plastic surgery curriculum. In the UK, aesthetic surgery competency is set at 100 procedures either performed or assisted, as recommended by the Joint Committee of Surgical Training. Accreditation for aesthetic practice is on the horizon and revalidation is likely to depend on experience.
Understanding the need
Ongoing fiscal limitations continue to restrict the opportunity to perform aesthetic procedures within the National Health Service (NHS). This, in conjunction with shift-pattern surgical training due to the advent of the European Working Time Directive, has resulted in declining training exposure in this subspecialty. Various modalities have been proposed to address this shortfall, including in-built ‘aesthetic rotations’ during the training period,1 pre-Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and post-CCT aesthetic fellowships, British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons–approved instructional courses and simulation training.
A recent nationwide training survey demonstrated significant deficiencies in the experience trainees had acquired in aesthetic surgery, with the majority of trainees expressing concerns about meeting …
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