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RAS-ACS Grand Rounds Webinar Series

Learn new strategies and tools with relevant topics in less than 60 minutes.

ACS webinars are for young surgeons who are starting their practice in private or academic surgical medicine. Take a deep dive into career path choices and strategies, best practices for navigating the career ladder, and managing personal life and wellness.

The webinars are presented live by subject matter experts and accessible to you free of charge. Enjoy interaction with the presenter in a live format or view the webinar later whenever your schedule permits. These brief, yet extremely informative, web-based educational sessions are accessible for one year after the event.

Upcoming Webinars

Brian H. Williams, MD, FACS

Climbing the Mountain: The Benefits of Mentorship & Sponsorship

Presented by Brian H. Williams, MD, FACS
December 13, 2018
5:00–6:00 pm (CDT)

Attendees will learn the difference between a mentor/sponsor and the benefits of having both. Dr. Williams will also walk through the steps of accessing them in order to enhance and advance your career.

Past Webinars

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How to Protect Yourself, Your Career, and Your Patients: Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Surgeon Pain, and Disability Insurance Adrian Park, MD, FACS

Presented by Adrian Park, MD, FACS

During this webinar, attendees will learn about the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders as it relates to workplace ergonomics and the disability burden that it places on the surgeon’s career.

The Impact of Diversity on Physician Resiliency

Karyn Butler, MD, FACSPresented by Karyn Butler, MD, FACS

At the completion of the webinar, attendees will appreciate the unique factors that contribute to burn out in underrepresented minorities. The webinar will explore the impact of ethnicity, work environment, motivation, and career trajectory on the development of burnout. Additionally, attendees will be introduced to strategies that will foster managing work-life integration and understand the importance of community in the support of physicians from under-represented minorities.

Developing and Maximizing Participation in Multi-Institutional Collaborations in Early Practice

William Hope, MD, FACSPresented by William Hope, MD, FACS

This webinar will help young surgeons know some of the available resources for multi-institutional collaboration as well as tricks and tips on how to get started. The goal is to provide real world examples of how young surgeons can get involved.

Becoming a Surgeon Scientist

R. Scott Jones, MD, FACS, MS Presented by R. Scott Jones, MD, FACS, MS

In this webinar, we will the track to becoming a surgeon-scientist through a series of grant mechanisms. We discuss the productivity of surgeon-scientists in the United States based on NIH funding (T32s, K08s, and R01s).

Coaching and Mentoring in the Digital Age: Growing Expertise with YouTube

Saju Joseph, MD, FACSPresented by Saju Joseph, MD, FACS

Technology and learning are developing at a rapid pace, while surgical training remains antiquated. Residents and medical students are learning in new ways that do not rely on structured didactic lectures and long hours of studying from books. This webinar will teach surgeons how residents learn, explain how the environment affects learning, and discuss novel techniques to train residents in the digital age.

Physician Heal Thyself? A Reflection on Resident Psychological Wellness

John Mellinger, MD, FACSPresented by John D. Mellinger, MD, FACS

This webinar focuses on a current analysis of resident psychological well-being including the etiologies, prevalence, and consequences of burnout amongst trainees, and reviews institutional and personal strategies for overcoming the same, including a review of key elements of personal resilience.

Pursuing an Advanced Degree While in Practice

Jason P. Wilson Presented by Jason P. Wilson, MD MBA, FACS

Are you considering getting an advanced degree after starting a surgical practice? View this webinar to learn about the advantages and disadvantages and how an advanced degree can benefit your practice, your career, and even your personal pursuits.

Building a Program Director-Coordinator Relationship

Presented by Vanita Ahuja, MD, FACS, and Diane Maloney-Krichmar, PhD

The webinar highlights the strategies of building a strong relationship with the program director (PD) and program coordinator (PC). The webinar briefly discusses the roles of the PD and PC as well as the director of the graduate medical office who serves as another resource for education, well-being, legal guidance, and any grievances. Building and advocating for supportive relationships with other faculty and staff through positive role models and mentoring are also discussed.

Building Your Financial Future: They Never Taught Me That in Residency

Brook V. Nelson, MD, FACS Presented by Brook V. Nelson, MD, FACS

Are you overwhelmed by your mounting student loan debt? Are you not sure which alphabet-soup loan repayment program is best for you? Do you feel like you will never be able to accomplish your financial goals or that having a "late start" at your financial future puts you at a disadvantage? When your financial advisor starts talking about variable versus term versus umbrella versus whole life insurance, do your eyes roll back into your head? Did you never really get financial advice during medical school or residency because it's not polite to talk about money or contracts? If any of this resonates with you, you need to watch this webinar!

Developing a Strategic Career Plan

Fernando Lamounier, MD, FACS Presented by Fernando Lamounier, MD, FACS

In this webinar, you will learn the key elements to regain control of your life and develop a clear plan to build your career—even if you feel exhausted, stuck, or overwhelmed. More importantly, you will get the confidence and courage to act upon it.

ACS CME Credits to Meet Regulatory Mandates

Meghan Duckworth Presented by Meghan Duckworth

As we see a shift in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements, we continue to see an increase in the number of state and other regulatory body requirements. During this webinar, attendees will learn about Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits to address regulatory mandates that are offered at the U.S. state level.

Concurrent and Overlapping Surgery: Know the Difference Dr. Turner Dr. Lee Dr. Hoyt

Presented by David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and Edward Lee, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Discussion moderated by Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director, Division of Member Services, American College of Surgeons

Concurrent and overlapping surgery have received considerable media attention over the past several years. It is important to understand the distinction between the two and understand why hospitals are increasingly taking steps to ensure that they have policies in place to protect surgeons and their patients. Watch this webinar recording to learn more about this timely topic. A Q & A session follows the conversation.

Becoming Your Own Boss: Tips for Starting Your Own Surgical Practice

Terah Isaacson, MD, FACS, FASCRS Presented by Terah Isaacson, MD, FACS, FASCRS

In this webinar, we review the steps you can take to start your own practice as an early-career option. I go over my own experience and talk about the lessons learned and how attainable this goal really is! I hope you come away motivated and encouraged that independent, private practice is still an option for young surgeons and a great way to combat the challenges of work/life balance and burnout.

Navigating the Balance of Life as a Surgeon

Rebecca Britt Presented by Rebecca C. Britt, MD, FACS

This webinar will discuss approaches to maintain balance between professional and personal goals, with tips for finding opportunities to integrate personal and professional satisfaction.

The Art of Negotiation

Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA, FACSPresented by Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA, FACS

This webinar discusses a practical approach to negotiating in medicine. Specifically, it focuses on the nuts and bolts needed by trainees as they get ready to negotiate for their first job. We also discuss ways to avoid common pitfalls.

Understanding the Difference Between Leadership and Power

Faisal Aziz, MD, FACSPresented by Faisal Aziz, MD, FACS)

Surgeons have inherent leadership qualities. Being surgeons, we are used to making prompt, life-saving decisions based on limited information which is presented to us. Power is defined as ability to influence others. It is easy to confuse leadership and power with each other. Dr. Aziz explains key differences between leadership and power. You will learn that great leaders don’t need power to influence their followers. Leaders have a vision and they use their influence to implement their vision. While a powerful person focuses on exerting his control over his subordinates, a leader inspires trust among his followers.

Preparing a Top-Notch Fellowship Application

Edie Chan, MD, FACSPresented by Edie Chan, MD, FACS

This webinar advises residents on how to assemble the best fellowship application, put their best self forward as an applicant, navigate potential pitfalls during the application process, and nail the interview.

Patients in the Know: Impact on Recovery

Dr. Lee Presented by David Lee, MD, FACS, and Kathleen Heneghan, PhD, MSN, RN, PN-C

With 65 percent of all surgical procedures now outpatient, the main providers of postoperative care are the patients and their families. The need for optimal communication and education is essential for improving surgical outcomes and decreasing avoidable emergency room visits and rehospitalization. This webinar reviews the literature on quality patient education initiatives and best practice to influence compliance, improve surgical outcomes, avoid readmissions, and support the safe transition from hospital to home.

Basic Principles of Coding and Reimbursement for Young Surgeons

Jayme Lieberman, MD, FACS Presented by Jayme Lieberman, MD, FACS

This presentation gives attendees an understanding of what, how, why, and when it is important to code clinical procedures properly for documentation purposes at your institution.

Global Surgery for the Young Surgeon

Gregory Peck, DO, FACSPresented by Gregory Peck, DO, FACS

After attending this webinar, attendees will be able to restate the importance of today’s global surgery movement, and assess and list three personal career goals in a global surgery clinical, educational, training, and/or research endeavor. Attendees will be able to analyze their pitfalls to experiencing or establishing global surgery opportunities and programs at the divisional, departmental, local/international institutional, and societal levels.

Safety, Wellness, and Logistics for the Pregnant Surgeon

Stephanie Bonne, MD, FACS Presented by Stephanie Bonne, MD, FACS

Through this webinar, viewers will learn what some of the risks are to the fetus and mother that may be encountered in routine surgical practice, such as radiation exposure and exposure to teratogenic medications, as well as ergonomic issues that surround operating while pregnant. We discuss strategies to mitigate these risks. We also discuss the logistics of managing a practice and strategies to support pregnant and nursing mothers who are in surgical practice and ways to mitigate the impact of time off on your practice.

Cultivating the Next Generation of Surgeon Scientists

Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MBBS, PhD, FACSPresented by Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MBBS, PhD, FACS

Significant advances in surgery have been made over the past century, largely due to the tireless efforts of surgeon scientists who work at the interface between clinical practice and scientific endeavor. Over the past decade, the funding environment, combined with increasing clinical demands, has created significant obstacles to the success of the aspiring surgeon scientist. This session focuses on strategies to identify, support, and mentor young surgeon scientists early in their career.

Marketing for the Young Surgeon: Why Understanding Marketing Is Important

Fernando Lamounier, MD, FACSPresented by Fernando Lamounier, MD, FACS

Through this webinar you will learn key concepts you must know to grow your practice regardless if you are in academic or private practice, are employed by a hospital or are in a country where medical marketing is restricted.

Principles of Leadership for the Young Surgeon

Paula Ferrada, MD, FACSPresented by Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS

This webinar engages attendees in a discussion about recognizing opportunities for leadership early in your career, how to develop tools to enhance your level of influence during stressful situations, and involvement in leadership opportunities within the American College of Surgeons.

Functional Ergonomics for Surgeons: Protect Your Neck and Your Career

Daniel Klaristenfeld, MD, FACSPresented by Daniel Klaristenfeld, MD, FACS

Viewers of this webinar can expect to hear about the basics of ergonomics and why it is important for surgeons today. We discuss current literature evaluating the extent of cumulative traumatic disorders among surgeons, common mistakes to avoid, and strategies to prevent workplace injuries.

Transcare for the Transgender Patient in the Surgeon’s Office

Scott Chaiet, MD, MBA, FACSPresented by Scott Chaiet, MD, MBA, FACS

One of Dr. Chaiet’s focuses has been to bring awareness of the LGBTQ patient care and diversity to his colleagues. This webinar engages attendees in a discussion about the review of health issues in the transgender community, including how to identify and explain terms related to sexual identity and sexual practices; identify ways to create a welcoming environment for patients of all sexual orientations; and describe the role of surgery to complement hormone therapy and mental health services as a care team.

Clinical Documentation Improvement

Jayme Lieberman, MD, FACS Presented by Jayme Lieberman, MD, FACS

This presentation gives viewers an understanding of what, how, why, and when it is important to code clinical procedures properly for documentation purposes at your institution.

Being a Leader Within Your Hospital and on Your Medical Staff

David Welsh, MD, FACSPresented by David Welsh, MD, FACS

This webinar attempts to address how you can become a leader within your role as a medical staff person at your hospital.

Drug Shortages: The Problem, Possible Causes, and Future Directions

Mario E. Motta, MD, FACCPresented by Mario E. Motta, MD, FACC

This webinar attempts to address the contributing factors to the problem of drug shortages in the US, discuss transparency in pricing, and the involvement of Medicare to negotiate prices.

Contract Negotiations: Advice and Pitfalls to Avoid

Brian Santin, MD, FACS, RPVIPresented by Brian J. Santin, MD, FACS

This webinar reviews concepts to enhance one’s ability to negotiate a more advantageous contract. The negotiations process both from the perspective of the candidate and the employer is reviewed. The discussion also includes a more focused look at some of the commonly overlooked contract items, which often result in “money left on the table.”

Disability Insurance from AmWINS Group Benefits, Inc.

Sheila Harrison, AmWINS Account Executive, ACS Insurance ProgramPresented by Sheila Harrison, AmWINS Account Executive, ACS Insurance Program

As a physician, you’ve made a significant investment of time, energy, and money into building a demanding career with the promise of a high income and all of the rewards your profession provides. But, should an injury or illness prevent you from performing your specific duties, that promise can suddenly evaporate. You insure your house, your car, your health, and your life; doesn’t it make sense to insure your most valuable asset—you, the physician? Disability insurance protects you by protecting your ability to earn an income.

Seeking Mentorship and Ascending the Academic/Private Practice Ladder

Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACSPresented by Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS

This webinar engages attendees in a discussion about the need for mentorship to achieve their personal and professional goals and how to identify a mentor and have a productive relationship. Career planning and advancement are also discussed, emphasizing the importance of utilizing all available resources to become successful.

Mindfulness and Work-life Balance for the Busy Surgeon

Sharmila Dissanaike, MBBS, FACS Presented by Sharmila Dissanaike, MBBS, FACS

This webinar takes attendees through a discussion of surgeon burnout and work-life balance using the technique of mindfulness. Attendees were guided through a short practice session during the webinar. A robust question and answer session ends this 55-minute session.