The Maintenance of Certification module series is designed to help the clinician structure his or her study in specific areas appropriate to his or her clinical practice. This article is prepared to accompany practice-based assessment of preoperative assessment, anesthesia, surgical treatment plan, perioperative management, and outcomes. In this format, the clinician is invited to compare his or her methods of patient assessment and treatment, outcomes, and complications, with authoritative, information-based references.
This information base is then used for self-assessment and benchmarking in parts II and IV of the Maintenance of Certification process of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This article is not intended to be an exhaustive treatise on the subject. Rather, it is designed to serve as a reference point for further in-depth study by review of the reference articles presented.
From the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.
Received for publication February 17, 2010; accepted March 12, 2010.
Disclosure:The authors have no financial interests in any of the drugs, devices, or products mentioned in this article.
Thomas A. Mustoe, M.D., Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, 675 North St. Clair Street, Galter 19-250, Chicago, Ill. 60611, email@example.com