IAPAM’s Botox Training at its Aesthetic Medicine Symposium is Hands-On

Over the years we have had an amazing amount of exceptional testimonials. Here are some reviews on the IAPAM’s excellent symposium!

“The IAPAM Symposium presented a common sense approach to starting an aesthetic practice, without over promising results. The faculty has a dept of knowledge that would help point new comers in the right direction. Also, I enjoyed the mix of didactic and hands-on teaching style that helped me to quickly familiarize myself with several aspects of aesthetic care. I highly recommend the experience because it would serve as a balanced building block to a successful practice. ” ~ Dr. OC O. North Carolina

“I learned a great deal from the conference and would most certainly recommend it to my colleagues. ” ~ Dr. Clarke-Bennett (April ’11)

“IAPAM is extremely great as an organization.  Overall fabulous [Medical Weight Management Training] program.” ~ Dr. Tostado (April ’11)

“Excellent program. Well worth the investment.” ~ Dr. Woolliscroft (April ’11)

“Excellent.  My mind is swimming with all the valuable [Medical Weight Management] information!!”  ~ J. Hoversland, FNP-C (April ’11)

“supervised medical weight loss can work for most people.  I now have a better concept of how to incorporate [an supervised medical weight loss program into my practice] to help others be successful.  All good speakers.” ~ Dr. Hjelle (April ’11)

Great information on the “difference between homeopathic and pharmaceutical, as well as the business side of weight loss.” ~ P. Rybak, RN (April ’11)

Botox Cosmetic Injection Technique hands-on training was “great!” Everything was a “very good value.” “I thought everyone was forthcoming with information including pricing!!” ~ J. Testa, MD (Dec ’12)

“The [IAPAM’s Medical Weight Management protocol is very organized.” ~ Anonymous (Dec ’12)

“Definite value for program.  Saves me so much time!” ~ J. McGinnis, RN (Dec ’12)

“Love the [Clean Start Weight Loss] kit with all the information.  [It will] decrease physician time with patients.” ~ M. Cupid, MD (Dec ’12)

[I learned] “how to manage the maintenance phase [of the supervised medical weight management program], and it’s importance, and how to be successful financially! Yes, worth it!” C. Hatfield, MD (Dec ’12)

“Thanks for a great course.  [I learned so much about] medical weight management and laser assisted lipo!” ~ P. Divekar, MD (Dec ’12)

“It [The IAPAM’s Clean Start Weight Loss Training] was worth it!” ~ M. Nogoy, MD (Dec ’12)

“I think the [Clean Start Weight Loss Training] was VERY worthwhile!!!” [I learned about] contraindications, how to prescribe and tips for starting [my weight loss diet clinic.] ~ Anonymous (Dec ’12)

“I feel like I learned alot today.  Very informative.” ~ S. Ollinger (Dec ’12)

At the Symposium, the topics that were of most interest to me were, “Business Overview, Priorities, What to say to Patients, and the Hands-On Experience with Instruction.” ~ C. J. Wang, MD (Dec ’12)

I found the Symposium a “very good” value for money. ~ N. Petrosova, MD (Dec ’12)

At the Aesthetic Medicine Symposium, with Hands-On Botox Training, I found “everything great!” ~ P. Divekar, MD (Dec ’12)

“Hands on sessions were the best.  Helped tackle the real logistics of application.  Initially I felt [the Symposium] was expensive, but the quality of presentation was worth it.  For physicians, it is the “pearls” of the experienced presenters that was the best part.”  T. Malyk, MD (Sept ’12)

“Great speakers, good food and presenters, and Jeff is fun and engaging!” Anonymous (Sept ’12)

“The Medical Weight Management Training [was of most interest to me] because it is easy to start or add to a practice. It was excellent and very informative.”  B. Ramirez, MD (Sept ’12)

“All exceeded my expectations, from Marisa to Jeff…everything was kept on time.  Dr. Wild was one of the best instructors I have seen.” T. B. Bownik, MD (Sept ’12)

“[The topic of most interest to me] was the business of aesthetic medicine because I run my own clinic -[very satisfied with that presentation!] The [Medical Weight Management Training] was [equally] very enjoyable!  Thank you.”  T. Lawson, ND (Sept ’12)

“Botox and fillers was why I came, and Cindy Graf’s Business lecture; I really enjoyed  It was so practical!” N. Monahan, MD (Sept ’12)

I “absolutely” found the Symposium to be a good value of time and money, and my expectations were met, “absolutely!…..and the Medical Weight Management  Training was [equally] very well worth it!”  P. Spisak, ARNP (Sept ’12)

The topic of most interest to me was the “relative profitability from different treatments, and the application of lasers. Excellent course.  Appreciated the candor [of the presenters] re: pricing, etc. and the realities of practice and products recommended or not.” G. Beatty, MD (Sept ’12)

“Excellent investment.  All areas [covered] were pertinent.  [The topic of most interest to me was the] hands-on botox and fillers class.” S. Payseur, MD (Sept ’12)

“Everything [in the Medical Weight Management Training Program] was completely worth it!’ C. Romero, MD (Sept ’12)

I learned “many things” that were worth it to me….especially the “marketing tips!” M. Lary, MD (Sept ’12)

“[The Medical Weight Management Training was] extremely thorough and practical.  Very informative.  Excellent.” C. Goss, MD (Sept ’12)

The IAPAM’s Medical Weight Management Training Seminar is “excellent.” C. Alcala, MD (Sept ’12)

The IAPAM’s Training is “absolutely worth it!” Anonymous (Sept ’12)

The topics of most importance to me were “the components of the Clean Start Weight Loss Plan and the financial potential of adding Clean Start Weight Loss to a practice. Well worth attendance for me!” M. J. Cobb, FNP (Sept ’12)

“Jeff Russell is a great presenter on the ‘business side’ [of adding Clean Start Weight Loss to a practice.]” Anonymous (Sept ’12)

Who is doing Your Botox Training?

It is interesting how many private company Botox Training programs advertise that they have dermatologists and plastic surgeons performing their training, yet these organizations never seem to identify who these “so called” dermatologists and plastic surgeons are?

I was recently chatting with some physicians who had attended another aesthetic medicine training program, and they shared that the instructors at their seminar were not in fact dermatologists or plastic surgeons, or even physicians, but rather, the trainers were nurses and in one case a Ph.D., not even a medical doctor!

So what can a physician do who is looking for a comprehensive “physician-lead” Botox training program?

First, I recommend you confirm who will be doing your Botox training, by looking at the training company’s faculty.  If the training company’s website does not list the actual faculty, skip the program! You will find that most physician associations will list their faculty, so they are always the best choices. You can even vet the faculty on the internet to find out a bit about their background and experience.  Most reputable physicians will have their own websites which will provide you with an overview of their practice, education, and testimonials from their patients, or you can review their qualifications using sites like www.healthgrades.com.

Also, if you have any questions about who will specifically be providing you with your Botox training (hands-on and/or didactic) then send the training company an email, and ask!  Well established physician associations are happy to share with you the names and credentials of who their physician trainers are, and they will often provide you with a link to their trainer’s websites.

Training in an investment in your time and resources, and before making any investment, it is important you do a bit of homework to ensure you’re being trained by the very best.


IAPAM’s Medical Weight Management Training – Scottsdale, Arizona

IAPAM Aesthetic Medicine Symposium – Scottsdale, Arizona


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