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The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™ virtual Fireside Chat Series connect you with experts for an open dialog driven by audience questions.

Fireside Chat with Patricia Joy Numann, MD, FACS, MAMSE

Thursday, August 19 | 7:00–8:00 pm CDT

During the Fireside Chat, Dr. Numann will discuss her celebrated career and important lessons learned. As a Past-President of the American College of Surgeons and recipient of the ACS Lifetime Achievement Award, she has much to share! A significant portion of the hour will be devoted to answering questions from the audience.

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About the Speakers

Patricia NumannPatricia Joy Numann, MD, FACS, MAMSE, completed surgical training at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse in 1970 when few women became surgeons. She joined the faculty at her alma mater where she remained her entire academic career, retiring in 2007 as the Lloyd S. Rogers Professor of Surgery. Her alma mater honored her with the SUNY Distinguished Teacher award, the Distinguished Alumna award, the SUNY Distinguished Service Professor award, and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree.

Dr. Numann pursued an interest in surgical education when it was not considered an academic activity. She was a founding member of the Association for Surgical Education. She participated in numerous educational programs of the American College of Surgeons including SESAP. She created and directs the ACS Fundamentals of the Surgery Curriculum project.

She has been a staunch supporter of gender equity. She founded the Association of Women Surgeons. Now 40 years old, the organization has chapters and members throughout the world. The realization that gender equity is essential to ensuring the world an adequate surgical workforce, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, has led to further support of women globally especially Women in Surgery Africa. For her gender equity work, she has received the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the American Medical Women's Association, the International Society of Surgery's Prize, and the American College of Surgeons Lifetime Achievement Award. In recognition of her commitment to the education and training of surgeons worldwide, her dedication to the care of women with breast disease, and her exemplary support for gender equity, she has been made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand, and the Association of Surgeons of India.

Her leadership roles include serving as President of the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Surgical Education, and the Association of Women Surgeons. She has been the first woman in numerous positions, most notably as a member of the American Medical Association's Council on Scientific Affairs, Chair of the American Board of Surgery, and President of the Association for Surgical Education.

The host for the Fireside Chat is Mohsen M. Shabahang, MD, PhD, FACS, Vice President/Chief Medical Officer of the Wellspan Surgery Service Line, York, PA. Dr. Shabahang joined Wellspan in the summer of 2021. He serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Novel Teaching and Assessment Methods and Educational Resources for the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE, Director of the ACS Division of Education and Co-Chair, Steering Committee of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, will give welcoming remarks.

About the Series

The ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators Fireside Chat Series was developed as an outcome of discussions of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators Special Committee to Address Challenges and Opportunities Relating to Surgery Residency Training during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The committee was charged to address the challenges faced by educators and to harness innovative opportunities in surgical education. The Fireside Chat Series will enable programs and their learners to have access to valuable talks and discussions with experts both in a synchronous and asynchronous manner.

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