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Accreditation and qualification of cosmetic surgeons and doctors in Venezuela

Doctors study for six years at university before graduating as a general doctor, followed by two years of rotating residency. To train as a surgeon involves three years of postgraduate general surgery study followed by three years of plastic, reconstructive and maxillofacial postgraduate training.

Many doctors study in Venezuela, including their specialty in plastic surgery, but some train in the USA or Brazil. There are medical schools at Central University (Caracas), Los Andes University (Merida) and Zulia University (Maracaibo).

Professional memberships/organizations

Plastic surgeons in Venezuela must belong to the Venezuelan Society of Plastic Surgeons and it takes an average of 14-15 years to become a full member of the Venezuelan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the equivalent of the US American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Plastic surgery in Ibero American countries is ruled by a common code of ethics and all plastic surgery boards affiliated to the Federación Ibero Latinoamericana de Cirugía Plástica y Reconstructiva (FILACP) must abide by these. (FILAP is the organisation which unites all the plastic surgeon societies and boards in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries) Spanish web pages only.

Cosmetic and plastic surgery specialists should be accredited and their qualifications and credentials verified by the Venezuelan Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic and Maxillofacial Surgery Board (The Sociedad de Cirugia Plastica Venezolana) which is part of the International Confederation of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS) and be registered with the Colegio Médico in Venezuela. Other professional memberships include the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the Brazilian Society of Craniomaxilofacial Surgery, the Buenos Aires Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Peruvian Society of Plastic Surgery.

The Venezuelan Ministry of Health; the Ministerio de Sanidad y Asistencia Social (MSAS) based in Caracas is the governmental body which is responsible for the country’s health system.


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