The Executive Committee and the Board of Directors have been busy looking for ways to continue to improve our organization, offer our current Diplomates more benefits and increase awareness of the advantages of being a Diplomate of the ABHRS so that we may increase our number of Diplomates.
One of the areas we have been working on is to increase the offer of certification examinations to more than only once a year. As you know, in the last few years, we have offered both the Certification and Recertification Exams during the ISHRS meeting, but plans are in motion to offer a second opportunity for Certification every year, in strategic locations around the world to facilitate travel and access for candidates, making it easier for candidates who reside in other countries to take our exams and achieve Diplomate status.
As this year’s President, a primary focus of mine is to work on better marketing the ABHRS. Last year, under Dr. Michael Vories, we commissioned a brand-new website and a new logo. This year we want to continue to increase awareness of the ABHRS among hair transplant surgeons worldwide and the public. We believe as strongly as ever that being a Diplomate of the ABHRS is a great distinction and a badge of honor among our peers. Patients should see it the same way, and it takes clever marketing to create that perception. We are discussing options to promote the ABHRS and to brand it as a desirable, almost required designation for any doctor performing hair transplant surgery worldwide.
Finally, discussions have been had among the EC and the BOD regarding the increased popularity of FUE procedures, and the fact that many new doctors in our field only perform FUE procedures and not strip surgeries. We want to make sure the doctors know that they are welcome as ABHRS Diplomates as well. The fact that one does not perform one or other technique does not exclude them from being accepted as candidates for certification. So, actions are being taken to deliver this message to them.
Financially, the ABHRS is in a strong situation, and investment avenues are being procured to protect and advance our monetary reserves. Your continued support via your annual dues is greatly appreciated.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The next certification examination will be at the 25th World Congress of the ISHRS meeting in Prague, Czech Republic on Tuesday, October 3rd. The deadline to submit a completed application and documents for the certification examination is June 1, 2017.
The recertification exam will be offered the next day, Wednesday October 4th in Prague, Czech Republic. The application deadline for the recertification exam is September 1, 2017.
In addition, we are also offering a recertification examination at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The application deadline for the 2018 recertification examination is November 1, 2017.
As a reminder all diplomates who certified in 2007 must recertify this year in order to maintain their status as Diplomates.
3rd Annual President’s Reception
Watch your emails for further details and RSVP date to this year’s President’s Reception during the ISHRS meeting. The reception will be Thursday evening, October 5th at 8PM. This is a great opportunity to meet your colleagues and catch up. Drinks and Hors D’oeuvre will be provided. This event is limited to the first 100 people.
20th Anniversary Celebration
by Marco Barusco, MD
This year we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the first class of Diplomates who took the ABHRS Certification Exam. To commemorate this important landmark in this history of our organization, a special ceremony will be done during the ABHRS’ President’s Reception in Prague to recognize those who started the ABHRS; our Founding Fathers.
I don’t want to say too much about what we have planned, but it will be something special, so I invite all of you to be there with us. Don’t miss it!
WEBSITE BITS AND PIECES
Several Diplomates have participated in the headshot request for the website with wonderful photos of themselves which can possibly allow a new patient to already feel connected to you as their Doctor. If you have not done so please send us your headshot in a jpeg format to [email protected] so that we may place the headshot on the ABHRS website in the Physician’s Directory next to your name. If you choose not to participate please email our office so that we can remove your name from the email reminder list.
Submit Your Clinical Case to be Published on the ABHRS Website: Promote Your Practice for Free!
by Sam Lam, MD, FACS, FISHRS
As web chair for the ABHRS, I recently started an initiative to put interesting case studies on the ABHRS website. Doing so will greatly help the ABHRS generate new content that will in turn provide more interest and search-engine optimized (SEO) traffic. If you are an ABHRS diplomate in good standing, you are eligible to submit your case study to be published on the website. The benefit for you is that you can have your name and your website placed prominently on the case study, which will have immediate and lasting impact for your practice in terms of not only a link to your site but also related SEO benefits for your website. This is in short free advertising for you in exchange for good content for the ABHRS website.
If you are interested, please email me at [email protected] to ask me the specific instructions on how to submit your case. In addition, you will need to have your patient fill out a separate consent form for use of his or her photograph on the ABHRS website (even if they have already signed one for your office use.) Please visit ABHRS.org to look at some of the previously published case studies to see what has been done already. Please help support the ABHRS and also your own practice. Before you start writing your case report, email me to make sure that the subject of your case report is acceptable and then I can forward to you all the details of how to structure your case report. Thank you in advance for your help!
In closing, on behalf of the EC and the BOD, I wish to thank all of you for your support over the last 20 years, and ask that you be involved in our committees and examinations. Your input and assistance is extremely valuable to all of us.