The Association of Plastic Surgery Assistants (APSA) is an organization of professionals committed to excellence in plastic surgery practice and management. Founded in 1974, APSA is a non-profit organization with over 350 members comprised of front office (secretarial, clerical and bookkeeping), back office (nurses, scrub techs, medical assistants, aestheticians), and administrative personnel including office managers and residency coordinators.
Based on the philosophy that cooperation and integration are the best way to serve the specialty of plastic surgery, it is the mission of the Association of Plastic Surgery Assistants to provide diversified and integrated educational and networking opportunities of board-certified and board-eligible plastic surgeons.
True to APSA's mission statement, employers and staff are encouraged to believe that what they do individually and as a team can affect the course of their success. With this thought in mind, APSA's Educational Program (held each fall in conjunction with the ASPS Program) is designed for all staff members to learn from professionals in their field and to understand all aspects of Plastic Surgical Care without limiting the scope of discussions to specific settings in which a member serves. Nurses interact with administrators, office staff learns from clinical staff, aestheticians share with patient representatives and learning occurs across all points of view.
Membership benefits include an online membership roster, E-group networking and the advantages of qualification to attend the annual Educational Seminar, as well as peer networking capabilities nationwide.