History and role of the Belgian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

History and role of the Belgian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Eur J Plast Surg (2005) 28: 118 DOI 10.1007/s00238-005-0724-4 EDITORIAL G. Matton History and role of the Belgian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Accepted: 1 February 2005 / Published online: 29 April 2005 Springer-Verlag 2005 The Belgian Society of Plastic Surgery was founded in high standards by a Belgian or Luxembourg plastic 1955. The five founding members were Dr. M. Coelst, surgeon or trainee. Dr. A. de Coninck, Dr. J. Polus, Dr. A. Fardeau and Dr. The Society also sponsors the activities of the Colle- C. Steenebruggen. Dr. Maurice Coelst was the initiator gium Chirurgicum Plasticum Belgicum. This Collegium and first president, and later became the first honorary organizes teaching days and yearly examinations for member. all plastic surgery trainees on a national scale. Success- The purpose of the Society was the scientific study of fully passing these evaluations has become a prerequisite plastic surgery and related specialties, and the organi- for obtaining certification as a specialist in plastic, zation of congresses and conferences to promote the reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. Together with a development of plastic surgery. training of 6 years: 2 years of basic general surgery and 4 From a very small group of five members, the Society years of plastic surgery in one of the seven certified has grown to a considerable size: 80 full members, 20 training centers in Belgium and Luxembourg,this system associated members and 75 candidate members. The ensures a very high standard of specialization in plastic Society also counts 12 honorary members and 16 foreign surgery. members. Many members participate very actively in many Full members are officially-certified Belgian and scientific societies in Belgium and abroad. The Belgian Luxembourg plastic surgeons who limit their activities participation in EURAPS is very strong, and the prize to the domain of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic for the best presentation has been awarded to Belgian surgery and who have made significant scientific con- plastic surgeons several times. tributions to the activities of the Society. The Society has a close relationship with its Dutch These activities have grown from informal evening sister Society. Every 2 years a joint meeting is held, meetings in the 1950’s to presently two full-day con- alternately in Belgium and in The Netherlands. gresses every year, during which communications of In 2005 the Belgian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive high scientific standard are presented and discussed. and Aesthetic Surgery will celebrate its 50th anniversary Because of the expansion of plastic surgery, the name with a 2-day Congress in Brussels on May 6 and 7. of the Society has been changed into ‘‘Belgian Society of On the occasion of the Congress, a commemorative Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery’’ and book will be published highlighting and illustrating the comprises subchapters for the study of burns, micro- history of the Society. surgery and aesthetic surgery. Finally, the Society is very grateful to Ian Jackson for The Society sponsors a two-yearly prize, which is allowing its members to fill an entire issue of the Euro- attributed to a personal scientific study of exceptionally pean Journal of Plastic Surgery. G. Matton P. de Smet de Naeyerplein 5, 9000 Gent, Belgium E-mail: gm.matton@skynet.be http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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