Login

Plastic Surgeon Courses and Classes Overview

Plastic surgery is typically a specialty that is studied in-depth during a medical professional's time in residency. That being said, courses that cover plastic surgery topics are most often available for continuing medical education (CME) purposes.

View popular schools

Essential Information

Continuing education courses for plastic surgeons are often offered in an online format or during conferences sponsored by hospitals, medical schools or professional organizations, such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF). Students may also take courses in plastic surgery as electives in some M.D. programs.

While some courses are aimed at plastic surgeons wishing to expand their skills and knowledge in the field, others may be geared toward plastic surgeons who are renewing their professional certification or licensure. Courses may cover many general topics or focus on specific areas of the plastic surgery field.

Here are a few common concepts contained within plastic surgery courses:

  • Suturing
  • Skin grafts
  • Operative procedures
  • Genitourinary system
  • Vascular anomalies
  • Postoperative care

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Cardiovascular Technologies
  • Electrocardiograph Tech. - ECG, EKG
  • Electroencephalographic Tech. - EEG, END
  • EMT and Paramedic
  • Genetic Therapy
  • Industrial Radiologic Technology
  • Medical Radiologic Therapist
  • Nuclear Medical Technologist
  • Perfusionist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Radiation Protection Technology
  • Radiological Science and Technologies
  • Respiratory Care Therapy
  • Surgical Technologies
  • Ultrasound and Sonography Technologies

Common Courses

Online Plastic Surgery CME Courses

Online CME courses allow practicing plastic surgeons to remain current on the latest surgical equipment and other technologies. Courses cover a variety of topics, including some that focus on areas of the body, such as the face, breast or hands. However, others courses are designed to address different types of surgery, such as reconstructive or cosmetic. Courses might also address medical administrative issues, such as procedural or diagnostic coding, insurance reimbursement or new techniques in managing patient safety.

These courses are available by ordering online, which allows plastic surgeons to proceed through the course at their own pace. Course formats vary but can include CD-ROM, DVD, MP3 or MP4 data disks and course packets that provide accompanying information. Each online plastic surgery course is typically worth one American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award (AMA PRA) Category 1 credit.

Plastic Surgery Conference CME Courses

Professional organizations, sometimes in conjunction with local hospitals or medical schools, often offer plastic surgeons the opportunity to earn CME credits during conference seminars. These seminars offer instruction on various topics in the field, such as face-lift techniques, laser surgery precautions and patient consent practices to avoid malpractice suits. Many courses help plastic surgeons maintain their American Board of Plastic Surgery certification, while allowing them to learn about the latest surgical technologies.

Some plastic surgery conferences occur on an annual basis, though others are offered less often. Conference courses can earn participants a varying number of CME credits, usually ranging between credits per session, but sometimes up to 40 per conference. More credits are usually given for seminars that offer technique demonstrations and workshop practicum opportunities using cadavers in addition to the standard lecture format.

Plastic Surgery Elective Courses

In addition to continuing education, plastic surgery courses are also offered as electives in some graduate-level medicinal programs. Upon completing the introductory courses in the first few years of a degree program, students are often given some flexibility to explore personal and professional interests through elective courses. Electives in plastic surgery introduce students to the basic tenants of the field and provide a solid foundation in the essential ideas and concepts concerning plastic surgery.

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma of GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

    • MSHS in Health Care Quality
    • Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
    • Master of Science in Health Informatics

    What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

    • RN to BSN
    • AS in Medical Assisting

    What is your highest level of education?

    • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    • MBA: Health Systems Management
    • MS in Health Care Administration
    • Master of Public Administration - Health Care Management
    • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
    • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
    • BS in Health Care Administration

    What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management

    What is your highest level of education completed?

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?