The mission of the Foundation of Facial Aesthetic Surgery (a Non-Profit, Multi-Specialty Foundation) is to foster a sense of cooperation and knowledge exchange between the medical specialties that are primarily involved in the science, practice and teaching of facial aesthetic surgery and non-surgical medical aesthetics. The Foundation supports annual symposiums taught by leading educators with a particular emphasis on aesthetic rejuvenation. The educational events are designed to facilitate interaction, cooperation and shared knowledge that will aid today’s medical practitioners and students in their quest to provide the highest level of care for the public at large.
The Foundation of Facial Aesthetic Surgery grew out of an annual Multi-University, Multi-Specialty symposium that began at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis in 1992. Since that time annual symposiums have been held in multiple cities, on one or more occasions, including: Charlottsville, Virginia (University of Virginia); Nashville, Tennessee (Vanderbilt University); New Orleans, Louisiana (Louisiana State University); Jackson, Mississippi (University of Mississippi); Little Rock, Arkansas (University of Arkansas); Tampa, Florida (University of South Florida); Atlanta, Georgia (Emory University); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Thomas Jefferson University).
The program was held for two years in Hilton Head, South Carolina. In 2009 the symposium was moved to Atlanta, Georgia in order to improve transportation access for speakers and attendees.
The Foundation of Facial Aesthetic Surgery’s courses are University based educational events. Other than two years, all CME credits have been provided by University institutions rather than by for-profit CME companies. The Foundation operates under strict University CME protocol to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. It complies with University policy to identify conflicts of interest with speakers or managers who are in a position to control content of these educational activities. The Foundation complies with oversight designed to ensure that all research presented in the symposiums conforms to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis. The intent and goal of the Foundation is to provide non-biased, state-of-the-art experience of the presenters that is based on fact rather than commercial implication.
The Foundation makes a clear separation between CME classified presentations and any Promotional Demonstrations (PDs). All of the Foundation symposium directors and co-directors have successfully completed the educational program on “Faculty Roles and Responsibilities In Certified Continuing Medical Education (CME) and FDA Regulated Speaker Programs (RSP)” sponsored by the Alliance for CME and the Society for Academic Medical Education. The Foundation was formalized as a non-profit 501 (c)3 in 2008 in order to fund educational symposiums. No officer is paid to serve on the Foundation board. All funds are used strictly to implement successful educational programs. The accountant and Treasurer for the Foundation is John D. Ivy, Jr., CPA. His contact information is 5100 Poplar Avenue, Suite 1400, Memphis, TN 38137; 901-791-9424; firstname.lastname@example.org.