About Clinical Anaplastology
Clinical anaplastology is an allied health profession dedicated to the art and science of restoring a malformed or absent part of the human body through artificial means. Prosthetic devices within the scope of practice of anaplastology are custom-made and are distinguished by the artistic and technical engineering necessary to achieve acceptable prosthetic rehabilitation. Anaplastology encompasses subspecialties that include:
- custom facial prosthetics (artificial ear, orbit – eyelids, upper facial, nose, midfacial),
- custom ocular prosthetics (artificial eye),
- custom digital prosthetics (artificial finger, hand, toe),
- custom breast prosthetics,
- and other emerging fields.
Clinical anaplastologists envision absent anatomy and create a prosthesis that completes the whole with convincing naturalism.
The International Anaplastology Association (IAA) promotes quality patient care by supporting the development of best practices in anaplastology through educational conferences, networking, publication, and advocacy opportunities.
The Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology (BCCA) sets the highest standards for quality facial and somato prosthetics care through:
- Stringent education requirements
- Rigorous Certification examinations
- Mandatory continuing professional education
- Professional and ethical guidelines
The mission of BCCA is to promote and provide certification in Clinical Anaplastology for the enhancement of patient care and professional practice. Those anaplastologists that have achieved and maintained certification are designated as Certified Clinical Anaplastologist (CCA). It is the intent of BCCA to provide a national standard that can be used as a measure of competency by interested agencies, groups and individuals. The credential of CCA is conferred upon those individuals for having fulfilled the requirements of this board and are hereby granted a Certificate of Qualification for the Practice of Clinical Anaplastology. Individuals displaying the mark of CCA practice safe and effective patient care and are committed to continuing education.
The Biomedical Visualization program at UIC’s College of Applied Health Sciences is a national leader in educating medical artists and anaplastologists and offers a master of science degree. Biomedical Visualization is a profession that has historic ties to medical illustration and communication for the health sciences. It combines visual problem-solving skills with knowledge of science, visual arts, education, communication, and an array of media and technologies. It is the only accredited program in the Midwest, one of only a handful of such programs in the United States, and is the largest in the nation in terms of enrollment.