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Global Advancement for Academic Plastic Surgeons

The Global Advancement for Academic Plastic Surgeons (GAAPS) program is designed to strengthen the specialty worldwide by providing a mechanism for academic programs in the United States and Canada to engage in meaningful educational exchange and training opportunities with plastic surgery programs worldwide.

The program seeks to build international alliances among training programs with shared goals and common clinical and research interests. GAAPS is envisioned as a true bi-directional exchange between ASPS and its Global Partners to share expertise of plastic surgeons worldwide.

Domestically, GAAPS offers opportunities to academic centers, which value international relationships but may not have the means to offer or administer an exchange program for a plastic surgery division or department.

Recognizing the importance of maintaining excellence in plastic surgery residency programs – and that 15 percent of ASPS members practice in academic settings – GAAPS enhances membership value to both international and domestic training programs. Global alliances forged among training programs enrich the overall academic environment while exchange of ideas and clinical knowledge through research and education collaboration benefit the specialty worldwide.

GAAPS Task Force

Earl A. Campbell, MD

Gregory R. Evans, MD, FACS

Lisa Gfrerer, MD, PhD

Arun K. Gosain, MD

Michele Manahan, MD

Bruce Mast, MD

Robert X. Murphy, Jr., MD

If your training program is interested in learning more about the GAAPS program, please contact:

Romina Valadez