Educational Grants

Doctors cannot go forth alone — rather, they must rely on tools, research and studies to aid the development of their science. To ensure that progress, the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation supports numerous initiatives, providing over $850,000 in the past five years to insure that each attendee is getting an educational experience that results in better patient care. By aiding like-minded organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), the Foundation can better serve the needs of its physicians and patients not only in cosmetic surgery, but in medicine and safety.

Please contact us at: for an application. The CSF is in the process of revising our policies to become better compliant with our donor guidelines and become better aligned with the needs and interest areas of applicant requests.

The following programs give an idea of how the Foundation achieves its mission through the support of educational initiatives that advance the specialty.

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
Annual Meetings and Live Surgery Workshops

During the course of the past five years, the Foundation has provided close to $700,000 in funding  for the AACS Annual Meetings and Live Surgery Workshops. These educational requests have assisted AACS in adding extensive value to each attendee’s experience. Funding of additional breakout sessions, higher quality presenters, more fluid CME collection, and practice management sessions have raised both the quality and quantity of education offered at each meeting and workshop.

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care's Clinical Benchmarking Study: Liposuction with Sedation, Regional and/or General Anesthesia
This partnership with the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement seeks to help organizations and physicians understand and improve the quality of care they deliver in the ambulatory setting. In an effort to increase patient safety and satisfaction, the Foundation is pleased to provide grants to qualifying physicians that wish to participate in this critical care study.

National Patient Safety Foundation Program on Ambulatory Care, Including Liposuction Surgery
The Foundation issued a challenge grant—and nearly 30 organizations responded—to facilitate a consensus-building initiative, which explores the barriers to improved patient safety in ambulatory settings (including liposuction surgery). Representatives from each stakeholder group are in the process of developing an action plan to address the most important safety issues in ambulatory surgery today, including the education of physicians and patients, creation of best practices and dissemination of results to improve overall care for patients. By working together with physicians of all disciplines, this program aims to enhance total patient care.

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship Grant Software
In an effort to encourage young researchers and investigators in cosmetic surgery, the Foundation has provided AACS with a grant to implement a software-tracking program. This program will provide quality data from fellowship providers and participants and aid in standardizing, analyzing and improving the training of cosmetic surgery fellows.