What is the AQ Board of Aesthetic Medicine?
- The AQ Board of Aesthetic Medicine is an organization to assess the qualifications of individuals in the field of Aesthetic Medicine and provide further advancement in education.
- Board Certification is offered at four levels which must be completed in sequence.
What Does it Mean to Be Board Certified?
- Not all Aesthetic Doctors are AQ certified. Board certification by the AQ is a voluntary process that demonstrates a doctor’s commitment to continuous learning and excellent patient care. AQ certification recognizes individuals who have met the highest standards of education, training and knowledge, specifically in the area of Aesthetic Medicine.
- Board certification is different from possessing a medical license, which is the minimum required by law to practice aesthetic medicine.
How Does a Doctor Become Board Certified?
Board certification in aesthetic medicine involves the following steps:
1. Education and Training
Doctors looking for board certification by AQ must have graduated from an accredited medical school. Following medical school, doctors must complete at least one to four years of training in a residency or fellowship program accredited by AQ standard. During their training, Doctor’s must acquire extensive practical experience and an extensive knowledge of patient management.
2. Application for Certification
Upon conclusion of their residency or fellowship training, doctors can apply for board certification by the AQ. The director of their residency or fellowship program must attest to the doctor’s; treatment skills, ethics and professionalism. In addition, Doctors must provide a record of their treatment experience (of acceptable size and scope) for review:
For example, to complete level three of AQ certification the doctor must provide a record of at least 400 treatments with fillers, 200 treatments with botox and 100 treatments with laser.
If the application is approved, the doctor is admitted to the necessary examinations for certification.
3. Examinations for Certification
Doctors must pass a First Examination which is an extended written examination assessing the applicants aesthetic medicine knowledge.
Applicants must then pass an oral and practical examination called the Certifying Examination, which tests their judgment and decision making. Candidates are interviewed and observed by experienced aesthetic doctors who evaluate their ability to diagnose and treat.
If successful on both examinations, the Doctor is deemed board certified and becomes a “diplomate” of the AQ certification.
Maintenance of Certification
To maintain their certification, diplomates must demonstrate a commitment to professionalism, continuing education and practice improvement, as well as pass a written examination every 5 years.