Becoming a Fellow
The American Academy of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons (AACMFS) is a group of academic and hospital-based surgeons with demonstrable interest and achievement in head and neck surgery and oncology; reconstructive maxillofacial surgery; craniomaxillofacial trauma; and pediatric craniofacial surgery. Fellows of the Academy were invited to join based upon their record of research, clinical innovation, teaching and service in those areas of interest related to craniomaxillofacial surgery. The AACMFS was created to serve as an independent vehicle for academic discourse and the exchange of ideas; for the advancement of the specialty as it pertains to issues of hospital based craniomaxillofacial surgery; and especially, for the improvement of patient care.
The AACMFS was founded in 2011 on the premise that the collective experience of a separate, focused group of senior oral and maxillofacial surgeons would provide invaluable input and perspective on issues related to the development of the specialty. Members of the organization will neither compete with nor seek to direct the primary organization of the specialty, AAOMS. Fellows of the AACMFS will serve as a repository of knowledge and experience for the specialty and its future leaders. The annual meeting program will foster communication and cross pollination of ideas among Fellows and provide an opportunity for high-level mentoring of mid-career surgeons.
Who are AACMFS Fellows?
The AACMFS is composed of mid-career and senior American oral and maxillofacial surgeons who have a demonstrable record of achievement in the specialty. Consideration for fellowship in AACMFS begins after at least 5 years have passed since completion of residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Board certification (ABOMS) is a requirement. The primary clinical focus of AACMFS Fellows is hospital-based, major surgery and related teaching and scholarly activity.
Commitment to education is a hallmark of AACMF fellowship. The majority of AACMFS fellows are in full-time academic careers and others are in tertiary care medical centers with a part-time academic commitment. In general, Fellowship in AACMFS becomes a consideration for such academicians toward the end of their term as an Assistant Professor, or once they achieve the Associate Professor level. Although formal academic affiliation is common within AACMFS, other oral and maxillofacial surgeons distinguish themselves through significant involvement in an alternative practice pathway. Among such non-academically affiliated surgeons, multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals, research and/or teaching experiences, in addition to a major surgery practice are benchmarks for consideration for AACMFS Fellowship.
How does one become a Fellow of AACMFS?
There are two general pathways by which one achieves fellowship in AACMFS. Both pathways are by nomination by an Active Fellow, credentials review and submission of a case log. Both require ABOMS certification prior to application.
Active Fellows make up the majority of members of the AACMFS. Those wishing to become Active Fellows in AACMFS must be in practice at least 5 years after completion of residency and fill out an application with the above supporting documentation.
Those younger individuals who are not yet eligible for Active Fellowship but who might aspire to become an Active Fellow in time may apply for Postgraduate Membership. Such applicants can apply before being 5 years or more from completion of their residency and if accepted, will need to apply again when they become eligible to become an Active Fellow. Postgraduate Members are not guaranteed Active Fellowship in the AACMFS. This will be determined by the same criteria as other Active Fellows at the time they apply. Postgraduate members pay dues, can attend meetings, but may not vote nor hold office.