American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS)
Summer 2020 Newsletter
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Program Chair Update
Joseph E. Losee, MD, Program Co-Chair
Joseph E. Losee, MD
Program Co-Chair
T. Shane Johnson, MD, Program Co-Chair
T. Shane Johnson, MD
Program Co-Chair

Dear Colleagues,

We hope this update finds you happy and healthy during these unprecedented times. It is our distinct honor to serve as Program Co-Chairs for the Association's 99th Annual meeting which will take place in Miami May 15-18, 2021, at the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort.

As outlined by Don Mackay in his Presidentís Message, the AAPS board elected to delay the 2020 meeting by a year in an effort to maintain our members' safety while preserving the massive efforts of those involved in delivering the best scientific and social program in organized Plastic Surgery. To that end, the 2021 meeting program will remain essentially unchanged with all planned awards, special lectures, and scientific presentations carrying over from 2020.

We would like to thank the entire Program Committee for their hard work reviewing the submitted scientific abstracts and selecting the breakfast breakout topics, as well as agreeing to carry-over their work for another year. We are excited to show everyone the products of their labor this spring.

In addition, we would like to thank Drs. Jim Grotting and Rick Warren for Chairing the Aesthetic Symposium, as well as Drs. Mike Neumeister and Joe Disa, who are Chairing the Reconstructive Symposium. This year's meeting promises to provide yet another great educational experience, with leaders in their respective subspecialties providing cutting edge knowledge. A preliminary program is available now, with additional programmatic details to be provided later this fall.

As you may recall, in 2019 we implemented a new Conflict of Interest (COI) requirement for all presenters, which included a mandatory disclosure of any financial interest of ,500 or above. This year, the Board has decided to enhance the COI policy that will require that everyone whose names appear on a presentation to disclose any financial interest above ,500. All these interests should be listed on a slide that will remain up for 10 seconds. The presenter does not need to comment during the10 seconds. The audience will draw their own conclusions about any potential conflict. The Association hopes that the full transparency will allow each attendee to form their own conclusions about any financial bias that may or may not be present.

The Annual Meeting begins on Saturday, May 15th, and on behalf of the Association we look forward to welcoming you to Miami.

Joseph E. Losee, MD and T. Shane Johnson, MD
Program Co-Chairs

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