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Attend the IAPAM’s Symposium and be Certified

April 12, 2012 |

The IAPAM leads its competitors in offering the most complete botox ® training and aesthetic medicine education in North America. In 2012, attendees at the IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposiums will have the competitive advantage of learning from board-certified dermatologists and experts in the fields of botox ® training, lasers & IPLs, dermal fillers, hCG for weight loss, chemical peels and medical micordermabrasion. Beyond the hands-on botox ® training and aesthetic medicine instruction, the resources physicians receive from the IAPAM position the Symposium as the most complete physician training in North America, and unlike programs offered by a private company, the Aesthetic Medicine Symposium is certified by the IAPAM, a voluntary professional association of physicians and supporters, which sets standards for the aesthetic medical profession.

There has been great discussion regarding the Board Certification of Aesthetic Medicine. Currently the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) does not offer a board certification in Aesthetic Medicine. The ABMS currently states that “antiaging is not a medical specialty,” and therefore no association or organization can officially be offering “board certification” in aesthetic medicine at this time. Moreover, “as the current economic environment continues, the myriad of minimally invasive and less expensive procedures offered at medical spas, including Wellness Centers and Anti-Aging Clinics, is expected to continue to garner more and more of the aesthetic medicine market,” comments Jeff Russell, Executive Director for the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM) . To capitalize on this profitable field of medicine, more physicians are launching offerings into the medical spa market, by opening separate facilities or turning parts of their existing practices into medspa treatment areas.

However, the confidence of the public is a driving factor in the intervention of some state medical regulators to demand “tougher rules for the exploding medical spa business.”  Equally, the medical malpractice insurance industry has become an ally in ensuring trained physicians can properly perform these procedures. Many medical malpractice insurance companies are now requiring physicians not formally trained in aesthetic procedures to attain accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits in aesthetic medicine, before being eligible for favorable insurance coverage.

Jeff Russell applauds these initiatives that medical insurers and medical regulatory boards are taking. The IAPAM concurs that all states should enact educational requirements to ensure that all aesthetic practitioners are properly trained in the aesthetic procedures they perform. This training should include a combination of: didactic instruction, hands-on training, and CME testing. “As well the IAPAM believes that medical spas should be treated as medical facilities and be licensed as such,” says Russell.

Therefore, leading nonsurgical aesthetic medicine groups like the IAPAM are offering physician members comprehensive didactic and hands-on training with CME educational credits in aesthetic medicine procedures. As an industry leader, the IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposium ( ) quarterbacked by a fully accredited faculty, including two board certified dermatologists, who are experts in cosmetic injectables and nonsurgical aesthetic medicine treatments.

For more information on the IAPAM’s educational programs or for information on the upcoming Aesthetic Medicine Symposiums in 2012, please contact the IAPAM, at 1-800-219-5108 ext. 704, or visit

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About the IAPAM: The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine

The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine is a voluntary association of physicians and supporters, which sets standards for the aesthetic medical profession. The goal of the association is to offer education, ethical standards, credentialing, and member benefits. IAPAM membership is open to all licensed medical doctors (MDs), dentists (DDSs/DMDs) doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs), physicians assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). The IAPAM offers aesthetic medicine and hCG medical weight management programs, including: Botox ® training, medical aesthetic training, laser training, physician hCG training, and aesthetic practice business training. Additional information about the association can be accessed through the IAPAM’s website ( or by contacting:

Jeff Russell, Executive-Director
International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM)
1-800-219-5108 x704

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