ASDS Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Milestones

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The American Council of Graduate Medical Education, which oversees much of postgraduate medical education in the United States, has championed the concept of “milestones,” standard levels of achievement keyed to particular time points, to assess trainee performance during residency.


To develop a milestones document for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery (CDS) fellowship program.


An ad hoc milestone drafting committee was convened that included members of the ASDS Accreditation Work Group and program directors of ASDS-approved Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery (CDC) fellowship training programs. Draft milestones were circulated through email in multiple rounds until consensus was achieved.


Thirteen milestones were developed in the 6 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competency areas, with 8 of these being patient-care milestones. Additional instructions for milestone administration more specific to the CDS fellowship than general ACGME instructions were also approved. Implementation of semiannual milestones was scheduled for the fellowship class entering in July 2018.


Milestones are now available for CDS fellowship directors to implement in combination with other tools for fellow evaluation.

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