Plastic surgery and cosmetic dentistry in Abu Dhabi is among the most competitive careers in the medical field. It takes many years of schooling and training before a doctor can become qualified to practice plastic surgery. Once qualified, potential plastic surgeons must take a six-year residency program that combines plastic and general surgery.
The first year of training covers the basic science of surgery, anatomy, medical ethics, and medical terminology. During this time, candidates are prepared to pass the state medical exam. This exam is nationally recognized as the standard for licensing in each state. Plastic surgeon’s residency consists of either an independent or joint program. Joint programs combine information learned in residency and the master’s degree in medical surgery from a school of medicine and a surgical school.
A surgeon may also become licensed through the Board Certification after completing a specific number of additional months of residency and board certification. Most plastic surgeons work with a board that sets standards for physicians. Board certification requires physicians to meet a certain number of years of experience and have passed the board exam. To achieve board certification, surgeons must demonstrate that they have significant experience in specific areas including anesthesia and general surgery.
Another option in the training process for becoming a plastic surgeon is to go through an accredited medical school and graduate to a Master’s level in a surgical specialty. Many countries now offer standardized surgical registries that allow doctors to specialize in particular procedures in their country. In the UAE, there are more than 100 medical schools and graduate programs that offer specialized training in a specific surgery. Some of the specific surgery options available include breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and facial plastic surgery to name a few.
After graduating from medical school, many plastic surgeons in Abu Dhabi choose to continue their education by obtaining certifications for additional specialties. Certifications are available for both basic and specialty cosmetic procedures. For example, a cosmetic surgeon may obtain a certification for liposuction, one for rhinoplasty, and others for facial plastic surgery. All medical schools offer a division of certifying seminars that allow aspiring doctors to display their training and experience. This helps potential patients learn about the basics of specific procedures and allows them to apply what they have learned to a real-life situation.