American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Residents as Teachers and Leaders

April 29–May 1, 2016
American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL

Surgical residents are expected to master a broad expanse of clinical and basic science knowledge as well operative skills. Although residency programs tailor their educational programs to meet these needs well, residents are also expected to master a number of critical non-clinical 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) and the ACS Resident and Associate Society have worked together to develop a course to address this need.

2015 Residents as Teachers Course Brochure

Course Description

The goal of this course is to help mid- to senior-level surgery residents develop some of the essential non-clinical skills that will be critical to their success as senior level residents and practicing surgeons. The course specifically addresses the skills necessary to be more effective teachers and more successful leaders. The number of participants is limited to allow ample interaction with faculty, and the course schedule is designed to allow networking with other course participants. The course is designed for mid- to senior-level surgery residents, but all 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

Practical Application of these Skills to Life after Residency