The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) hosted its Annual Fall Meeting at the Orange County Convention Center (Orlando, FL) in September. Chaired by Anthony E. Brissett, M.D., and Phillip R. Langsdon, M.D., the meeting included an education-focused program covering a range of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery topics. The invited speakers included Bob Brier, Ph.D., Richard T. Farrior, M.D., Anna Pou, M.D., and Gary Sussman, who spoke on emerging trends and their specialties. Attendees could participate in panels, lectures, workshops, and instruction courses in four topic areas for up to a maximum of 25.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for Continuing Medical Education.
A highlight of the Annual Fall Meeting was the 20th anniversary of Face to Face: The National Domestic Violence Project. AAFPRS members offer their time pro-bono to provide victims of domestic abuse treatment for facial injuries they would not be able to afford. Volunteers help empower these victims and work closely with shelters to help them heal emotionally and physically. Says Charles Finn, M.D., chairman of Face to Face,“Over the past two decades, Face to Face has helped more than 2,500 domestic abuse victims decrease some of the physical signs of the trauma they suffered at no cost to the patient.”—Jennifer Barnes