Letter to the Editor Aesthetic Surgery Journal 2018, Vol 38(8) NP126 Response to “Was There Bias in Writing This © 2018 The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc. Reprints and permission: Paper?” email@example.com DOI: 10.1093/asj/sjy121 www.aestheticsurgeryjournal.com Clark Schierle, MD, PhD, FACS Editorial Decision date: May 5, 2018; online publish-ahead-of-print June 2, 2018. My fellow authors and I wish to thank you for your thor- Funding ough reading of our paper and thoughtful comments. We The author received no financial support for the research, apologize for any confusion on the nomenclature used authorship, and publication of this article. between the text and tables in the paper. We verified board certification for the authors of the posts analyzed REFERENCES and compared those with board certification to those 1. Çağıcı CA. Was there bias in writing this paper? Aesthet who were providing cosmetic surgery despite not holding Surg J. 2018;38(8):NP124-NP125 board certification in plastic surgery. In the United States, 2. Dorfman RG, Vaca EE, Mahmood E, Fine NA, Schierle CF. board certification by an American Board of Medical Plastic surgery-related hashtag utilization on Instagram: Specialties affiliated certifying is generally recognized as implications for education and marketing. Aesthet Surg J. the gold standard for most specialties and used by most 2018;38(3):332-338. hospitals, insurance companies, and other legal entities as a recognized way of delineating the scope of practice and expertise for physicians. Our paper does not seek to prove or disprove the validity of this belief, but rather to draw attention to the fact that the vast majority of cos- metic surgery-related content on Instagram is not being put forth by board certified plastic surgeons. We pub- lished this finding in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the official publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. As a condition of membership in our soci- ety, American plastic surgeons must obtain and maintain board certification in plastic surgery from the ABPS. As such, in reporting our findings to the Journal, this would seem to be a reasonable delineation that has been agreed upon by the readers of our Journal and the Society it represents. I thank you once again for your thoughtful feedback. Dr Schierle is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL. Disclosures Corresponding Author: The author declared no potential conflicts of interest with Dr Clark Schierle, 676 North Saint Clair Street, Suite 1575, Chicago, respect to the research, authorship, and publication of this IL 60611, USA. article. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/asj/article-abstract/38/8/NP126/5032489 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 17 July 2018
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