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New Year 2024 President's Message

Dear Members of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons,

Amanda Gosman, MD, CSPS President
Amanda Gosman, M.D.
President, California Society of Plastic Surgeons
As President of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS), I am honored and thrilled to wish all of you a Happy New Year! I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your dedication to CSPS. Your unwavering commitment to excellence has not only shaped our profession but has also positively impacted countless lives. Together, we stand at the precipice of immense opportunity - a chance to collaborate, fortify our organization, and create bridges that unite our diverse community of practitioners.

In the spirit of the new year, let's renew our commitment to growing our plastic surgery community. Together, as members of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, we can continue to inspire positive change and advocate for the highest standards of care. One of our main objectives this year has been to strengthen the bonds between academic, employed, and private practice realms and to embrace our international plastic surgery community. I envision a future where these worlds converge in collaboration, fostering relationships that elevate our collective expertise and propel us toward innovative horizons.

Our initial step in collaboration has been to partner with the College of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Baja California (CCPERBC). This collaboration aims to facilitate mutual learning and cooperation, with a shared goal of enhancing standards of care and expanding the scope of practice on both sides of the border. CSPS members were welcomed as guests and presenters at the CCPERBC annual meeting in August, and we have invited CCPERBC members to present and attend our upcoming CSPS meeting in La Costa in May. In addition, we have partnered with our sister society, the Mountain West Society of Plastic Surgeons (MWSPS) to offer member rate reciprocity at each otherís annual meetings. We are happy to provide a CSPS discount code to any CSPS members planning to attend the MWSPS in Whistler, BC this March.

Effective advocacy has been a cornerstone of CSPS and under the expert guidance of lobbyist Tim Madden we continue to fight to protect our ability to provide the best possible care for our patients. Concerns regarding the plastic surgery scope of practice are not unique to California or the USA and we are eager to share the international perspective on this issue at our upcoming CSPS Webinar on Scope of Practice on February 28th featuring Tim Madden, Deb Johnson (past ASPS President), and Ricardo Vega (President of CCPERBC).

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The webinar will be valuable preparation for our CSPS Legislative Advocacy Day on March 13th in Sacramento. I encourage all CSPS members to seize this opportunity to visit the state capital to engage directly with legislators and advocate for issues vital to our practice. Let's unite our voices for impactful change to safeguard the scope of practice and address other critical issues. We recently initiated a successful audit of mental health services for children in California with the hope of expanding coverage for children with congenital conditions, ensuring every child receives the care and support they deserve. I hope each residency program will send at least one resident representative to join us in Sacramento to secure the future of our impactful advocacy through CSPS. Please register and support our PAC!

We are thrilled to launch the second annual California Society of Plastic Surgeons Educational & Research Foundation (CSPSERF) Traveling Professorship. The 2023-24 CSPSERF Visiting Professor is Dr. Karly Kaplan from Kaiser in Sacramento. Prior to the launch of her tour, she shared some wonderful insights during the November 20th CSPS Webinar on Finding your Flow. Please enjoy the recording of this and other CSPS webinars on our new website.

I too am eagerly anticipating visiting our esteemed residency programs, witnessing firsthand the passion and dedication that defines our future leaders.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our annual CSPS meeting on May 9-12 at the beautiful Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad. We have a spectacular program with an international flair planned. We will be kicking off the pre-programming with a Women's Leadership Retreat led by internationally recognized leaders, including the Brody Lecturer Bertha Torres, President of the Mexican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery (AMPCER). Prepare for an exhilarating World Series of Rhinoplasty Lab at UC San Diego Center for the Future of Surgery (CFS) led by Rod Rohrich and Dino Elyassnia, joined by an amazing international group of master rhinoplasty surgeons. The program lineup of plastic surgery luminaries promises an enriching experience for all attendees. The meeting will be a family friendly event and we will offer on-site childcare and recreational activities concurrent with the scientific program. A Kids Movie Night will be hosted by the La Costa Resort during the Presidential Reception on Saturday evening so that attendees can enjoy the fantastic entertainment of surgeon rock band Help the Doctor! We hope you will bring your families and stay to celebrate Motherís Day on Sunday May 13th. We will be hosting a Mother's Day Brunch at the resort and offering specials at the heavenly La Costa Spa.

Together, let's seize these opportunities to build a stronger community of plastic surgeons in California. It is my hope that every board-certified plastic surgeon in California will join CSPS to promote collaboration and use our aptitude for innovation to embark on a journey that propels the California Society of Plastic Surgeons to greater heights. Please help to spread the word that any eligible non-members can attend the Annual Meeting at the member rate if they have submitted a membership application.

Plastic surgery practice as we know it would not exist in California without the resilience of CSPS and the tireless advocacy efforts to protect our patients and the scope of practice. Please stay connected to CSPS by following us on social media. We are looking to highlight member surgeons and support your practice so please reach out if you are interested.

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Warm regards,

Amanda Gosman, M.D.
President, California Society of Plastic Surgeons


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