The plastic surgery milestones: Friend or foe?

Donald W. Buck, Mary H. McGrath

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Unfortunately for those who may still view the Milestones as burdensome or time-intensive assessment tools, the fact remains that they are here to stay and serve as a pillar in ACGME Next Accreditation System's pursuit of improved competency-based residency training. With increased experience, the value of the Milestones will become more apparent as CCCs are able to use normative data about resident performance on Milestones provided by the Plastic Surgery RRC to assess the quality of their program. Residents will be better informed about expectations and the expected trajectory of knowledge and skill required for graduation. Program directors will be able to identify areas for improvement in real time, enabling swift changes in curricula to optimize resident performance and education. The optimal way to evaluate resident and fellow progression along the Milestones is not yet determined but this will evolve, and it is our feeling that the Milestones will become a strong ally in training the next generation of plastic surgeons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2254-2256
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2015


  • Craniofacial milestones
  • Craniofacial surgery training
  • Milestones
  • Plastic surgery education
  • Residency training


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