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About The Program

In 2023, Dr. Starkman took on the prestigious role of Fellowship Director through the American Academy Of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), a globally recognized Educational Academy. As a respected figure in both teaching and practicing facial plastic surgery, Dr. Starkman annually mentors a surgeon, providing them with a year of intensive training and essential skills required for success in this specialty.

The fellowship at Starkman Facial Plastic Surgery is highly sought-after and offers the selected doctor a comprehensive experience in a variety of facial plastic surgery procedures. This includes engagement in Dr. Starkman’s pioneering clinical research and thorough preparation for the demanding oral and written exams that conclude the fellowship.

The Fellowship Program Curriculum:

The AAFPRS Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program aims to equip fellows with essential knowledge and skills in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery through a comprehensive curriculum.

Foundations of Facial Plastic Surgery

1. Orientation

2. Anatomy

3. Assessment 

Skin and Aging

1. Histology and Physiology of Skin

2. Non-surgical Rejuvenation

Facelift and Necklift

1. Anatomy and Aging of the Face and Neck

2. Surgical Techniques


1. Fundamentals

2. Surgical Techniques

Blepharoplasty and Brow lift

1. Eyelid Anatomy and Evaluation

2. Surgical Techniques

Otoplasty and Ear Reconstruction

1. Auricular Anatomy and Deformities

2. Surgical Techniques

Trauma and Reconstruction

1. Facial Fractures

2. Scar Revision

3. Flaps and Grafts 

Congenital Anomalies

1. Cleft Lip and Palate

2. Vascular Anomalies

3. Craniofacial Syndromes 

Hair Restoration and Scalp Surgery

1. Hair Loss Classification

2. Surgical Techniques

Research and Innovations

1. Journal Club

2. Year-long Research Project

Minimally Invasive Procedures

1. Fat Grafting

2. Microneedling and PRP

Revision and Future Trends

1. Challenges in Facial Plastic Surgery

2. Trends and Future Directions

Starkman Facial Plastic Surgery

Throughout the Year

  • Clinical
    • Exposure to diverse cases and surgical techniques
    • Observations, assisting, and primary surgeon responsibilities under supervision
  •  Didactic Sessions
    • Weekly lectures and tutorials
    • Case discussions and problem-based learning
  • Conferences and Workshops
    • National and international meetings
    • Hands-on training sessions
  • Assessment and Feedback
    • Monthly review meetings
    • Six-month and end-of-year appraisals
  • Research
    • Continuation and completion of the research project started in August
    • Submission for publication or conference presentation by the end of the fellowship
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