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"Board Certification" in Aesthetic Medicine

Sorry I'm new to this site and posted this thread earlier, but I think it was in the wrong section. I apologize in advance for the duplicate (and long) posting. Thanks for your responses.
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I know there is no true board certification, as aesthetic medicine is not a recognized subspecialty by either ABMS or ABPS. However, patients do want some assurance that their physician is adequately trained in the procedures they are performing (Who among us hasn't been asked at least once by a patient "How many of these have you done?"), especially if that physician doesn't have a formal background training in Plastic Surgery or Dermatology.

There are several organizations offering some type of certification program related to aesthetic or anti-aging medicine, some of which even claim to confer "board certified" status upon completion. So I would like to ask this community what, if any, are your opinions on the following:

(Note: I've tried to include their websites and my own 2 cent thoughts on each, and NO, I did not include Empire or American medical training courses, because I think they have been discussed extensively elsewhere in this exchange forum and I can;t bear the thought of having to read through that mudslinging affair again!)

1. American Board of Aesthetic Medicine (ABAM) - http://www.abamedicine.com/
- claims to have a 3-step training/certification & written examination pathway leading to "board certification" (three separate 3-day training sessions and a one-day written exam)
- seems like just a private business operating out of Mystique Medical Spa in San Diego

2. American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM) - http://www.aaamed.org/Courses_Cert.cfm
- A slightly different 3-step certification (3-day step 1 course, 5-day step 2 course, 4-6 months clinical practice, 2-hour written exam, case-based oral exam) leading to "board certification"
- website states "the only 100% non-commercial and comprehensive scientific programs allowing faculty to be objective and to share their knowledge and skills with the course participants, without industry bias."

3. American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM, under A4M) - http://www.a4m.com/certifications-abaarm-overview.html
- Seems more comprehensive and academic, Includes aspects of Integrative, Preventive, and Functional medicine in addition to aesthetics.
- "Board certification" requires A4M membership, atteding at least 2 A4M conferences/workshops, 200 CME hours related to the field, a Part 1 written exam and Part 2 chart review and oral exam

4. American Board of Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine - http://www.aestheticcosmeticphysicians.org/
- Not a training program, but rather a certificate you receive after documenting sufficient education, training, experience, and CME in the field.
- Requires membership in American College of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Physicians
- per their website, a written exam is currently being planned

5. American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery ("Specialty Board of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery") - http://www.theaaams.com/SpecialtyBoard.asp
- (Ugh, I'm getting tired of reading all these sites)
- Website makes a rather interesting claim: "PENDING AWAITING FOR AMA RECOGNITION OF AESTHETIC MEDICINE & SURGERY AS A SELF-DESIGNATED MEDICAL SPECIALTY"
- requires CME, CV, LOR's, written exam, documentation of OR privileges(!), and of course, taking at least 2 of their courses

6. International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine - http://iapam.com/board-certification-in-aesthetic-medicine-lacking.html
- Does NOT offer board certification, just training programs -- in fact, they make a strong point about this on their website: "Ultimately, the IAPAM has developed the responsible guiding principal that it cannot offer “board certification” in aesthetic medicine until such certification is recognized along with the other 24 medical specialities currently acknowledged by the ABMS."
- Website states that "in anticipation of official board certification, the IAPAM offers the discipline’s most comprehensive education and credentialing towards certification in Aesthetic Medicine for physicians entering or practicing in this burgeoning field"


Whew! I'm sure there are others, but this post is already too long. Hope to get some insightful comments / feedback.

Thanks in advance for your input!

02.7 | Registered Commenterfascia

I've never once been asked to produce any credentials of certification, and I have been doing this kind of work for 13 years (originally an internist). I think these things are meaningless, but whenever I do a course or go to a conference and get some sort of certificate, I frame it and put it up. Looks good, I suppose. What patients want is for you to project confidence and do good work. Do the training course only if you think you will gain important skills or knowledge, not simply for the worthless certificate. Just my opinion.

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