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ACS Residents as Teachers and Leaders

April 1–3, 2022 | Virtual

ACS Residents as Teachers and Leaders

Course Overview

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 ACS Division of Education 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 who 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

Course Faculty

Course Chair
Kyla P. Terhune, MD, MBA, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Vice-President for Educational Affairs
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Cary B. Aarons, MD, MSEd, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Kareem R. Abdelfattah, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Vice-Chair of Education, Department of Surgery
University of Texas–Southwestern, Dallas, TX
Brian C. George, MD, MAEd, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Learning Health Sciences
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Britta Thompson, MS, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Student Assessment and Program Evaluation
Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA

Staff Consultants

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE
Director, Division of Education
Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH
Associate Director, Division of Education
Kim Echert
Senior Manager, Programs to Enhance Resident and Medical Student Education
Brad DeFabo Akin
Administrator, Educational Programs

Questions?

If you have questions about the course, email RATL@facs.org.