Doctors or dentists wishing to become a Full member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) will be required to complete assessments to test their clinical knowledge and skills if current plans from the association go ahead.
Currently, to become a Full BCAM member, doctors or dentists must meet the criteria and be an Associate member for a minimum of two years, after which they can apply to be a Full member.
However, new plans from BCAM aim to change this so that it is a mandatory requirement for those wishing to become Full members to pass an assessment that covers a broad range of aesthetic treatments and modalities.
BCAM director and appraisal clinical lead, Dr Paul Myers, explained, “In the future, you will only be a BCAM Full member if you have taken the exam, which is being processed at the moment. We think that this exam will be what differentiates BCAM from other organisations. Ultimately, unless you have an exam, then in my opinion the organisation doesn’t have legitimacy.”
The format of the examination is currently under review and is subject to change by the Board, but it is likely to consist of various modalities. This will test academic knowledge and practical skills using a variety of tools.
Around 10 years ago BCAM previously developed an assessment in association with the University of Leicester, but it failed because the association felt it did not work ‘out of house’. BCAM aims to rectify this by taking ownership of this assessment in-house.
According to BCAM, current Full members who have sat the previous assessments will not need to re-sit the new exam, but it is still undecided exactly what will be required.
Consultant plastic and aesthetic surgeon Mr Dalvi Humzah has been asked by BCAM to be the chair of the Educational Committee and to contribute to the assessment, believes the move is a positive for the association.
“As an industry, we need to make sure that aesthetic practitioners are able to give patients the full remit of the specialism and show that they are competent in the whole aspect of aesthetics. The exam will help improve the standard and make sure that people are competent. We are moving towards being a specialism and I think this is a good step to formalising it; everyone who sits this exam can reach a certain standard and the public can see that. I don’t think it should worry anyone who is competent and able to do aesthetics,” Mr Humzah stated.
BCAM hopes that the exam will be finalised and implemented by October next year. Full details of the examination criteria will be published on the BCAM website when confirmed.