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ACS Residents as Teachers and Leaders

April 9–11, 2021 | Virtual

Residents are expected to master a broad expanse of clinical and basic science knowledge as well as operative skills. Residency programs tailor their educational programs to meet these needs. Residents are also expected to master a number of critical nonclinical skills, including leading teams and teaching. However, very few residency programs are able to offer opportunities for residents to become proficient in these areas. The Division of Education of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) worked to develop a course to address this need.

The goal of this course is to help surgery residents develop some of the essential nonclinical skills that will be critical to their success as senior-level residents and practicing surgeons. The course faculty are nationally renowned clinical and educational professionals and will provide an interactive learning environment. Residents will learn to lead a team more effectively, resolve conflict, be better teachers, give constructive feedback, and apply these skills during and after residency. The number of participants is limited to allow ample interaction with faculty and to facilitate networking with other attendees. This course is targeted for mid- to senior-level residents, but all trainees who are currently in a surgical residency program are welcome to attend.

Course Content

The course will address the following essential skills for residents’ lifelong roles as teachers, leaders, and practicing surgeons:

Effective Teaching

  • Establishing a positive learning climate
  • Finding time to teach
  • Teaching in ambulatory settings and the operating room
  • Giving feedback on performance

Successful Leading

  • Developing and leading productive teams
  • Resolving conflict
  • Using different leadership styles effectively
  • Maximizing various working styles


All times listed as Central Standard Time.

Friday, April 9: 12:00 noon–5:00 pm

Saturday, April 10: 12:00 noon–5:30 pm

Sunday, April 11: 12:00 noon–5:00 pm

Registration – Opening Now!

This course is open only to trainees currently in a surgical residency program.

The number of participants is limited to allow ample interaction with faculty and to facilitate networking, so residents should register early. This is a highly interactive course: your active participation will be expected, and attendance at all three days is strongly recommended. Please note: This course will not be recorded, nor will the content be available afterward.

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Last Day for Early Registration: Friday, March 12, 2021

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Prior to March 20, 2021: entitled to full refund, minus a $50 cancellation fee

On or after March 20, 2021: not entitled to refund

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