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Become a Member
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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educational programs

ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course

This course is available online until April 25, 2023

ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course

Course Objectives and Description

The ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course serves as an intensive refresher for surgeons who would like to stay current on general surgery practices, even if their practice is specialized. It is a pragmatic review that covers essential content areas in general surgery, is designed to focus on practice issues, and may be helpful in preparing for examinations. Expert faculty use a combination of didactic and case-based formats to create an efficient review while enhancing understanding and retention. Other materials, such as pre- and posttests, also are used. Self-assessment credit will be available.

Course Content

Expert faculty members use didactic and case-based formats to address topics within essential content areas in general surgery, including:

  • Alimentary Tract
  • Endocrine and Soft Tissue
  • Oncology
  • Perioperative Care
  • Skin and Breast
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma
  • Vascular
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This course is available online until April 25, 2023.

Accreditation

The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

What People Are Saying

  • “In my entire surgical life, this has been the best course I have ever attended. Thank you so much!”
  • “Very helpful course, and I learned a lot! I would highly recommend this course to others.”
  • “Excellent course and faculty—grateful for the concise, organized review.”
  • “Loved the talks. Very engaging speakers.”
  • “Excellent course. Enjoyed the ongoing questions and participant involvement. Helps to keep attention.”

Faculty

Core Faculty

John A. Weigelt, MD, DVM, FACS | Course Chair
Professor of Surgery, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD
Medical Director, SESAP®, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL
Vice-President, Trauma Associates, Lead, SD

Dr. Weigelt recently retired from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), where he was the Milt & Lidy Lunda/Charles Aprahamian Professor of Trauma Surgery, as well as professor and chief, division of trauma and critical care. He has joined the University of South Dakota and the Sanford Health System as a professor of surgery. In his more than 30 years as an ACS Fellow, Dr. Weigelt has been heavily involved in ACS trauma-related activities. He has been a member of the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) since 1992, serving as COT Chair (1994–1998), COT Membership Committee Chair (1998–2004), and COT Region 6 Chief (1989–1992), as well as serving on the National Faculty of the Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS) program since 1983. Dr. Weigelt has also been active in the College’s educational programs. He has been an author and on the Advisory Committee of the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP) and has served as Medical Director since 2001. He helped start the ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course and has functioned as Course Director since its beginning in 2010. He has been recognized as a premier surgical educator, twice earning the Wangensteen Award for Excellence in Teaching (1993, 1999) and the MCW Teacher of the Year Award (2004, 2010), as well as the Association for Surgical Education Outstanding Teacher Award (2002). In 2013, Dr. Weigelt was elected to the Giants in Surgery by the Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital, both in Dallas. In 2015, he received the ACS Distinguished Service Award (DSA). Dr. Weigelt is editor-in-chief emeritus of the Journal of Surgical Education and the audio Practical Reviews in General Surgery. He was editor of the Journal of Surgical Outcomes (2002–2007), as well as associate editor with Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS®) (1989–1996). He has published more than 160 medical journal articles, written more than 50 book chapters, and been a contributing or associate editor of more than 60 entries in SRGS. He has been awarded 19 research grants during his career.

Andrew S. Kastenmeier, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Dr. Kastenmeier obtained his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison. Following his general surgery residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, he completed a fellowship in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery at Legacy Health in Portland, OR. He is associate professor of surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he has leadership roles in medical student, resident, and surgical fellow education. His clinical interests include minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, minimally invasive surgery for reflux disease and hiatal hernias, advanced endoscopic surgery of the stomach and esophagus, and hernia repair surgery. His research focus is on clinical outcomes in foregut surgery, surgical education, hernia repair, and advanced endoscopic surgery. He is a minimally invasive surgeon who serves on national committees and has membership in key surgical professional societies.

Robert C. McIntyre, Jr., MD, FACS
Cynthia and John H. Schultz Professor and Chief, Division of GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora
Medical Director, Endocrine Surgery and Trauma & Acute Care Surgery, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora

Dr. McIntyre obtained his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, LA. He completed surgical internship and residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and is board certified in surgery and in surgical critical care. He joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1992. He currently is the Cynthia and John H. Schultz Professor and chief, division of GI, trauma, and endocrine surgery. Dr. McIntyre also is the medical director of endocrine surgery and medical director of the trauma-acute care surgery services at the University of Colorado Hospital. He performs approximately 300 endocrine surgical procedures each year, including thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, neck dissection, adrenalectomy, and pancreatic resection. He has published 185 manuscripts and 57 book chapters. He is the editor of the textbook Surgical Decision Making. He has given more than 200 invited lectures and visiting professorship presentations and 150 research presentations. He has served in positions of leadership and is on numerous national committees.

Laura J. Moore, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, The University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Houston

Dr. Moore is professor of surgery and the chief of surgical critical care at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston. Dr. Moore completed her general surgery training at the Rush-Cook County Integrated Surgical Residency in Chicago, IL, and completed her fellowship training in surgical critical care at the University of Texas in Houston. She is medical director of the Shock Trauma Intensive Care Unit at the Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, the busiest ACS-verified Level 1 trauma center in the U.S. Her clinical practice is focused in trauma surgery and critical care. Her main areas of research interest include the use of resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) in hemorrhagic shock resuscitation, the application of computerized clinical decision support in the ICU, and surgical infections. Dr. Moore is actively involved in multiple national organizations, including the ACS, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. She also serves as National Co-Director for the ACS BEST course.

Guest Faculty

Kathleen K. Christians, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa

Emilia J. Diego, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Chief, Breast Surgery, Department of Surgery University of Pittsburgh
Program Director, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA

Stephen A. Fann, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston

Jason B. Fleming, MD, FACS
Professor and Chair, Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Kirk A. Ludwig, MD, FACS
Vernon O. Underwood Professor in Colorectal Surgery, Professor of Surgery, and Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Tamara E. Saunders, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Houston

Catherine M. Wittgen, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery and Vascular Surgery and Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Residency, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Staff Consultants

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE
Director, ACS Division of Education, Chicago, IL

Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH
Associate Director, ACS Division of Education, Chicago, IL

Course Questions

If you have questions about the course, please contact Melanie Thorsen, MBAHC, CRA, CCMEP, Senior Manager, Continuing Education Programs and Lifelong Learning, at mthorsen@facs.org.