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.
Chapel Hill, N.C.; and Indianapolis, Ind.
From the University of North Carolina and St. Vincent Craniofacial Center.
Received for publication January 27, 2010; accepted July 13, 2010.
Disclosure: None of the authors has a financial interest in any of the products, drugs, or devices mentioned in this article.
John A. van Aalst, M.D., M.A.; Division of Plastic Surgery; University of North Carolina Medical Center; 7033 Burnett Womack Building; Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-7195; firstname.lastname@example.org