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What does F.A.C.S stand for?

What does F.A.C.S stand for?

Postby True » Thu Jul 19, 2007 7:01 am

The Plastic Surgery Center consists of five doctors, 3 of which practice in the city of my choice. My question is this: should I choose a doctor who is listed as M.D, F.A.C.S? Or does that not matter. Only 3 of the five doctors is both, and the one I plan to use is one who is only M.D. They are all Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, so they say...they all have operating priveleges in accredited hospitals.

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Postby mommaof3boys » Thu Jul 19, 2007 7:09 am

F.A.C.S. means board certified - Fellow Academy Cosmetic Surgery. Just because it is not on the sign/paperwork does not mean the surgeon is not board certified. You cannot take your final boards (there are 3 stages) until you have been in practice for 2 years and compiled a caselist. Part of these boards is an oral section examining your treatment/decisions/complications over your first two years in practice.

The reason why your surgeon is not listed F.A.C.S. could be either that he has not taken his boards yet (new in practice but of course he has done hundreds of surgeries in residency and fellowship) or simply that the sign/paperwork has not been reprinted yet!

Just because they have hospital privleges does not mean they are board certified. You can be a plastic surgeon (i.e., have completed surgical residency and plastic surgery fellowship) and not be board certified - either decide not to take boards or fail them. This would not keep you from getting hospital privileges - all "new" doctors have hospital privleges and are not board certified.

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Postby superthin » Thu Jul 19, 2007 7:11 am

It's Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. It's additional schooling doctors do. I think you have to complete a certain amount of their training to be a fasc in additon to a membership fee.
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Postby stacey1549 » Thu Jul 19, 2007 7:12 am

Per the FACS website:

"Members of the American College of Surgeons are referred to as "Fellows." The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon's name mean that the surgeon's education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College."
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Postby True » Thu Jul 19, 2007 7:20 am

So, should I lean more toward the ones who are both M.D and F.A.C.S?

They are all board certified, according (of course) to them. I still have to check it out online!

Thanks so much, guys!

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Postby mommaof3boys » Thu Jul 19, 2007 7:26 am

F.A.C.S. and board certified are the same thing. If you are board certified you become F.A.C.S. - my husband is an ob/gyn and he became a F.A.C.O.G. (fellow american college of obstetricians and gynecologists) when he passed the 3rd round of his boards.

I do think there is a nominal fee every year to remain a fellow but everyone pays it because it does add prestige.
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Postby beckieannie » Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:44 am

You can check their status at www.abms.org for free.
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