Becoming a Fellow
The American Academy of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons (AACMFS) is a select 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 are nominated based upon their record of research, clinical scope of practice and teaching in those areas of interest related to craniomaxillofacial surgery.
The AACMFS was founded for the exchange of ideas and academic learning among those craniomaxillofacial surgeons who have dedicated their careers to academic or hospital-based practice.
The Academy strives to encourage the continued performance of major hospital-based oral maxillofacial surgery.
The organization provides a forum where exchange of information can occur and encourages the continued spread of knowledge. Furthermore, the AACMFS is an organization where mentorship and fellowship among like-minded surgeons can be experienced in an intimate setting.
“Active Fellow” is the primary membership category in the AACMFS. To be an active fellow, a candidate must be certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery or the Canadian equivalent, and must have practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery for at least two years after certification. The candidate’s practice must have a substantial portion of major, hospital-based surgical procedures and a case log is required with the application.
Recently, the category of “Post Graduate Member” has been added to the membership of the AACMFS in order to provide an avenue for less experienced surgeons to become a part of the AACMFS before they are eligible for active fellowship. These Post Graduate Members have completed training but have simply not practiced long enough to fulfill the requirements of active fellowship.
The category of “Associate Fellow” is a non-voting membership category that allows for other surgical specialties or non-medical/surgical disciplines to join the Academy and attend meetings.
Finally, the last three membership categories are assigned to special individuals in the specialty and the Academy. “Emeritus Fellows” are active fellows who have retired from practice. “Honorary Fellows” are those who have had notable careers in craniomaxillofacial surgery but are otherwise ineligible for active fellowship. “Distinguished Fellow” is a distinction given an individual who has contributed greatly to the specialty and the AACMFS.