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ACS Theatre

ACS Theatre

Visit the ACS Theatre for sessions on special topics and ACS programs. The ACS Theatre is located in the Exhibit Hall. Make sure to set aside time in your schedule for these informative sessions!

Lunch Sessions

Monday, October 28  |  1:15 pm

Financial Pressures Facing Surgeons: ACS Response

Every day, surgeons deal with a multitude of financial and practice pressures that complicate the clinical and business practice of surgery, including prior authorization, insurance contracts and network restrictions, declining Medicare and Medicaid payments, administrative burdens from federal and state government regulations, and more. The ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy team advocates for surgeons at the federal and state level to address these significant issues and will discuss efforts to ease these pressures. Kristin McDonald, Manager, Legislative and Political Affairs, will discuss the College’s federal legislative advocacy. Jon Sutton, MBA, Manager, State Affairs, will discuss the College’s state legislative advocacy. Vinita Ollapally, JD, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, will discuss the College’s administrative and regulatory advocacy.

Tuesday, October 29  |  11:45 am

SESAP 17: Author Q&A

The Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP®) is a premier educational resource for practicing surgeons. The newest edition, SESAP 17, is being unveiled this week at Clinical Congress and provides the highest-quality, peer-reviewed content for which SESAP is revered. Whether you are a returning SESAP subscriber or interested in subscribing for the first time, come hear how SESAP 17 can meet your educational needs and discuss the new edition with three surgeons who helped create the program content. John Weigelt, MD, DVM, FACS, SESAP 17 Program Director, will present a brief overview of the program and highlight innovative changes with this edition. Linda W. Martin, MD, MPH, FACS, will discuss her experience as a new author participating in the rigorous writing and peer-review process. David C. Borgstrom, MD, MBA, FACS—a returning author—will share insights on the value of SESAP to rural surgeons and for life-long learning. Audience members are invited to ask questions and engage in an open dialogue with speakers.

Wednesday, October 30 | 11:45 am

Global Health Initiatives through Operation Giving Back

The mission of Operation Giving Back (OGB) is to leverage the passion, skills, and humanitarian ethos of the surgical community to effectively meet the needs of the medically underserved. We would like to engage members in an effort to address critical public health issues related to access to basic surgical care both domestically and abroad. By identifying existing needs and persistent barriers to engagement, OGB creates a forum to work towards needed social change. By providing resources and recognition to the large numbers of surgeons already engaged in such outreach, OGB contributes to the nourishment of this vibrant community of surgical volunteers, offers inspiration and resources to potential volunteers, and strengthens a culture of humanitarianism that is at the root of the healing professions. This session will be led by Girma Tefera, MD, FACS, Medical Director of the OGB program. Stop by to learn about the current OGB efforts, get an update on the Hawassa project, and learn how you can help support our humanitarian efforts.

Non-Lunch Sessions

Monday, October 28

9:30–10:30 am
New Wound Care Assessment Platform to Evaluate Wound Healing
Lisa Gould, MD, PhD, FACS

10:30–11:00 am
New Trends in Negative Pressure Wound Therapy What’s Best for My Patient?
John Daly, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon), FRCSG (Hon)

11:30 am–12:00 noon
Opioid-Sparing Program: The New Education Program and Functional Assessment Is Rated a 10!
Terry Sarantou, MD, FACS

2:30–3:30 pm
Metabolic Surgery: What Is It and Does It Call to You?
Henry Buchwald, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS(Hon)

Tuesday, October 29

10:00–11:00 am
Overview of CPD Accreditation Program—Highlighting Opportunities through the Joint Providership Program
Alisa Nagler, JD, MA, EdD

1:00–2:00 pm
ACS Foundation Estate Planning Seminar
Mark Aeder, MD, FACS

2:00–3:00 pm
Best Practices for Publication in Scientific Journals and Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Timothy Eberlein, MD, FACS, JACS Editor-in-Chief

3:00–3:30 pm
Central Line Management Training: The Next Caregiver to Prevent Infections and Occlusion
Leigh Neumayer, MD, FACS

4:00–4:30 pm
Feeding Tubes: Simple Procedure but Not for the Caregiver—Better Training Equals Best Outcomes
Leigh Neumayer, MD, FACS

Wednesday, October 30

9:00–9:30 am
Quit Smoking Before Surgery: Cigs, Vapes, and Reefs? Counseling and Reimbursement Helps All
Jonah Stulberg, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS

10:00–11:00 am
ACS Benefits for International Members

1:00–2:00 pm
The Surgeon for a New Columbia Scholarship 2018–2019 Experience
Carlos Pellegrini, MD, FACS, and William Sanchez, MD, FACS

2:00–2:30 pm
Stoma Management in a Box: Successful and Easy Ways to Teach Self-Care Following Discharge
Kathleen Heneghan, PhD, RN