March 24–27, 2024 | Durham, NC
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 to provide them with the skills that are essential for effective leadership. Difficult leadership issues, such as 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 and panel discussions, as well as role-playing and case-based instructional strategies. Leadership skills, as differentiated from management skills, will be the focus of the course.
Whether in the operating room or in the boardroom, surgeons in academic medical centers as well as community hospitals must be able to:
Join senior surgical leaders in a dynamic 3-day course for surgeons who aspire to meet the challenges of exemplary leadership across all settings.
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 across a wide variety of settings, from operating room to boardroom. 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.
The course is limited to 64 participants. ACS Members will receive priority consideration. All participants are expected to attend the entire course and remain until the conclusion of the course.
Effective surgical leadership today requires different competencies than in the past. A focus will be placed on attributes that are important to effective leadership and that will assist the participants in identifying and enhancing the leadership skills they already possess.
Leadership challenges may be effectively resolved by:
Leading and Sustaining Change
Leaders must be skilled in effecting and sustaining change in individuals and organizations.
Change may be effectively supported by:
Building and Maintaining Team Effectiveness
Theoretical and practical steps of team development will be explored, including those used in assembling teams, charging teams, and supporting team function within health care organizations.
Team effectiveness can be enhanced by:
Current courses on leadership are largely theoretical and provide limited access to being a leader, much as a surgical atlas does not fully impart what is required to be a surgeon.
A focus on leadership as it is lived and experienced may assist both established and aspiring leaders in:
Art and Principles of Leadership
Leaders must be able to address various leadership situations and translate the principles of leadership into action. This course will use case-based scenarios to launch discussions that demonstrate the importance of flexibility and adaptability for effective leadership.
Course participants will benefit from the shared insights and experiences among attendees as they are:
ACS Members: $5,250
Course participants must submit full payment upon notification of acceptance in order to reserve their seat in the course. Additional details will be enclosed with the notification letters. Full payment of the course fee will be due upon acceptance into the course. Personal or Institutional credit cards will be accepted. Please do not include payment information when submitting the application.
If you have questions about this course, please send an email to SurgeonsAsLeaders@facs.org.
ACS Course Staff:
The application period is now open for the 2024 ACS Surgeons as Leaders Course.
The application will be available until Friday, December 15, 2023. Please note, this course has limited seating for a maximum of 64 participants. All applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of a decision in January, 2024. If you have any questions or concerns about the application, please email SurgeonsAsLeaders@facs.org.
The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The 2024 Surgeons as Leaders Course will be held at the Washington Duke Inn (WDI) in Durham, North Carolina. There will be an ACS hotel block reserved closer to the date for accepted attendees.
Dr. Pellegrini is a surgeon with expertise in surgical education, simulation, professionalism, and leadership. He is a pioneer in the development of technological surgical advancements and a world leader in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery.
Dr. Sachdeva is the Founding Director of the Division of Education of the American College of Surgeons, which is responsible for developing and implementing innovative education and training programs for surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and surgical teams.