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‘Easy’ aesthetic medicine lectures to be reviewed

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The Ministry of Health and Welfare yesterday said it would ask medical associations to improve review standards for aesthetic medicine lecturers, as some physicians have said the training courses are too easy.

The ministry last year announced regulations requiring physicians to obtain a ministry certificate proving that they passed training in cosmetic surgery, cosmetic injections and cosmetic electrotherapy and phototherapy before they can practice. The regulation is due to be enforced on Jan. 1 next year.

However, some doctors have expressed doubts over the quality of the training, as courses are only several hours long and the content is too basic, which has opened the profession to doctors in all areas.

A plastic surgeon surnamed Wang (王) said doctors from other specialties that do not specialize in rhinoplasty or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), might not even be familiar with where to place an incision.

Department of Medical Affairs Director Wang Tsung-hsi (王宗曦) yesterday said that this year’s lecturers were selected by the plastic surgery and dermatology medical associations, but because aesthetic medicine includes various medical practices, the lecturers will not be limited to plastic surgeons or dermatologists.

The ministry said it would ask the associations in charge of reviewing the lecturers to improve the review standards and take physicians’ experience, such as a history of performing plastic surgery, into careful consideration, she said.

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