of a preventable/ unnecessary plastic surgery death in a young woman in Massachusetts. In this instance – yet again – the ‘surgeon’ performing the breast augmentation wasn’t a surgeon at all – he was a “family practitioner”.
He may be a doctor – but specialty specific training is an absolute must – along with board certification. Medical doctors (in medicine specialties) as opposed to surgeons spend only a very limited time in the operating room during medical school, primarily as observers. This is not adequate preparation!
Board certified specialty trained surgeons on the other hand, spend years training in the operating room – performing surgeries under the direct supervision of more experienced surgeons before completing their surgical residencies.