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Trendwatch: New CME trend gives you more for less

Article-Trendwatch: New CME trend gives you more for less

Whether you pledge your allegiance to the time-honored American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the highly specialized American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons, the aesthetic crossover bunch at the American Academy of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, or the guys at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, chances are you’ve left your annual meeting feeling like just another face in the crowd. Perhaps even frustrated that you may have left with very little that you can actually apply to what you do – or how you do it.

Then it may not be a big surprise to know that there are some doctors taking matters into their own hands, and investing in smaller, more targeted meetings that aim to bring the sense of “community” back to the continuing medical education process.

“As far as meetings go, this one will have a vibe that is quite different and, for a change, interactive!” says Joel Schlessinger, a board-certified dermatologist and past president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery and in private practice in Omaha, Nebraska. This is precisely the reason he took matters into his own hands by working with industry thought leaders and aesthetic experts to develop a relevant educational program – and an innovative approach.

Dr. Schlessinger’s meeting, Cosmetic Surgery Forum 2009, scheduled from December 4 to 6, 2009, at the Palazzo in Las Vegas, is an inexpensive, direct flight away from most US locations, and has limited space available: no more than 100 participants.

Yes, “participants.”

“This meeting is discussion based,” explains Dr. Schlessinger. “The whole point of it is so that you can actually participate (it’s expected!) and learn something that will benefit your day-to-day aesthetic practice. Plus, it’s going to be interesting and fun!”

And in a field of constant innovations, that may be precisely what the practicing aesthetic professional needs, for example, inquiring aesthetic minds want to know:

§       Botox or Dysport? Which is better?

§       What really IS the future of fat treatment? Is it worth pursuing?

§       Social media and patient communication: HIPAA versus the internet?

§       Risk management in cosmetic surgery and dermatology: case studies and discussions

§       Doing it yourself: How to effectively reach out to patients

And that’s just part of what’s being covered in this meeting. For more information or to register (12.5 AMA PRA category 1 credits up for grabs!), go to

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