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ACS Surgeons as Leaders: From Operating Room to Boardroom

December 11-14, 2022 | Durham, NC

ACS Surgeons as Leaders: From Operating Room to Boardroom

Course Description

Today’s medical environment—both in the academic and private practice worlds—is challenging, complex, and unpredictable.

The need for leadership has never been greater, and the demands on leaders are ever escalating. The purpose of this course is to provide surgeons with an understanding of leadership at all levels of an organization and provide them with the skills that are essential to effective leadership. Difficult leadership issues, including navigating the operational and human aspects of change, cultivating commitment to a shared vision and goals, building teams, and developing strategies for leading up, down, and across the institutional environment will be addressed.

In addition to introducing new leadership skills, the course faculty will assist participants in recognizing and developing the attributes of leadership they already possess. The three-day course will include lectures, interactive forums with senior surgical leaders, panel discussions, role playing, and case-based instructional strategies. Leadership skills, as differentiated from management skills, will be the focus of the course.


Course Content

This course is structured to maximize learning and interaction with the faculty while providing a variety of educational experiences. Participants will be encouraged to present the faculty with their leadership challenges to help ensure the course addresses specific learning needs of the attendees.

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Straight from the Source: Surgeons as Leaders

The ACS Surgeons as Leaders program is a dynamic three-day course for surgeons of all backgrounds and specialties who currently serve in leadership positions or aspire to such positions, and who seek to enhance their leadership skills across a wide variety of settings, from operating room to boardroom. Combining interactive forums, small group discussions, and presentations by national leaders, the course provides participants with essential leadership skills and also assists them in recognizing and developing leadership attributes they already possess. ACS Fellows discuss the ways the course helps surgeons build leadership skills, develop leadership strategies, and translate the principles of leadership into action.

 

Leadership

Whether in the operating room or in the boardroom, surgeons in academic medical centers as well as community hospitals must be able to:

  • Exhibit the attributes of a leader to effectively resolve leadership challenges
  • Use consensus development and vision to set, align, and achieve goals
  • Build and maintain effective teams
  • Change culture, resolve conflict, and balance demands within the larger environment
  • Lead oneself with insight regarding personal perspectives that impact effectiveness
  • Utilize innovative approaches to address evolving concerns during organizational change
  • Translate the principles of leadership into action

Join senior surgical leaders in a dynamic three-day course for surgeons who aspire to meet the challenges of exemplary leadership across all settings.


Intended Participants

The course is designed for surgeons who currently serve in leadership positions, or aspire to such positions, and who seek to enhance their leadership skills.

Surgeons in community practice and academic practice who want to advance their skills in leading people, groups, and organizations will find the course beneficial. The emphasis will be on leadership; management of such entities and the skills generally associated with management will not be addressed in the course.

What participants are saying about the course:

  • “This was literally the best course/meeting that I have gone to since my residency. I will absolutely go home and recommend it to several colleagues! Faculty was fantastic! Easy to talk to about everything and very welcoming.”
  • “The single most important, useful, and relevant educational course I have ever participated in. The personal openness to share with honesty their experiences and insights by the faculty was a particular strength. A very personable group.”

Course Questions

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