American Board of Plastic Surgery
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The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. was organized as a subsidiary of the American Board of Surgery in 1938. The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. was given the status of a major specialty board in 1941. It is the one certifying body for Plastic and Reconstructive surgery recognised by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
ABPS certification has the following requirements:
- Graduation from an accredited medical school
- Completion of either:
As well as:
- Completion of plastic surgery residency training of at least two years
- Passing comprehensive oral and written exams
Renewal of certification:
- Certificate issued 1995 and after
Diplomates who received ABPS certification in 1995 or after must be renewed by Maintenance of Certification (MOC) examination every 10 years.
- Certificate issued prior to 1995
- Diplomates who were Board Certified prior to 1995 are not required to renew by examination every 10 years. Board Certification certificates issued prior to 1995 have no expiration date.