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Winter 2014 Newsletter

A Message from your Executive Director
Aurelie M. Alger, J.D.

Happy Winter! Hopefully all AAPS members had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying the wild ride of weather this year's winter has provided us so far. Your AAPS team is very pleased to be planning for a superb meeting this year at the Eden Roc in Miami Beach in early April. Program Chairs Dr. Steven Buchman and Deepak Narayan have done a wonderful job of putting together an extremely strong program for this year’s meeting, which includes many innovative new concepts. Thanks to the 2014 program committee, who were tasked with scoring a historic number of abstracts. Thanks also to our Symposia Co-Chairs, Drs. William Little and Peter Rubin on the Aesthetic side, and Drs. Chuck Butler and Paul Cederna on the Reconstructive side.

The Association has had a very busy summer and fall – with President Dr. Persing mobilizing committees and keeping them on task through regular conference calls and reports. Our membership scoring for 2014 candidates is currently underway – if you have not yet reviewed the applications and ranked this year's candidates, please do so right away. We want to maximize member participation in the application review process – you as members are responsible for selecting the future of the Association.

The Development Campaign continued in 2013, with a year-end appeal which went to all non-participating members. Remember – the AAPS Development Fund has a finite goal – and the Association is already well over halfway there. If every member would participate, the goal would be met in short order. The Association feels that the campaign and support of research in plastic surgery is a key tenet of its mission – please support your Association and be part of this important initiative.

As Dr. Persing notes in his Presidential Message, the Association is actively collaborating with several societies including the ACAPS, the PSRC and the PSF. In 2014 the Association is also again welcoming the ABPS to the Spring Meeting. These collaborations continue to fulfill the partnership aspect of the Association's ongoing Strategic Plan. Finally, 2014 marks another unique new collaboration, with the AAPS abstracts being published in the April issue of PRS.

The April AAPS Annual Meeting promises to be a jam-packed time for members as well as surgeons from numerous other plastic surgery organizations who are gathering in Florida for collegial interaction, leadership meetings, and excellent science. On behalf of your Association team, we look forward to seeing you there.

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