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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

Dr. Manahan

Compassion Fatigue: You Really Can Care Too Much

Presented by Michele Manahan, MD, MBA, FACS
Monday, November 11, 2019
6:00–7:00 pm (CDT)

This webinar will provide information about the phenomenon of compassion fatigue. Participants will gain further understanding of the concept and will learn how to recognize the condition. Suggestions to mitigate its effects will also be discussed.


Past Webinars

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Ulrike Langenscheidt, MS

Presented by Ulrike Langenscheidt, MS

This webinar focuses on the benefit and value of the ACS Surgeon Specific Registry for ACS members and all surgeons.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to track your cases and outcomes
  • Utilize reports to learn from your entered case data
  • Understand how to fulfill regulatory requirements using the SSR for ABS Continuous Certification Program and CMS QPP MIPS

Dr. Spain Dr. Buyske

Presented by Jo Buyske, MD, DABS (Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery) and David Spain, MD, FACS

This webinar provides an overview of the role and function of the ABS from its Executive Director and a current ABS Director.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the role of the ABS in certifying surgeons
  • Understanding the requirements of the ABS for board certification
  • Learning the process of board certification

Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS

Presented by Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS

This webinar focuses on managing conflict with difficult personalities, including identifying specific behaviors, as well as developing communication and coping strategies to handle such personalities.


David R. Farley, MD, FACS

Presented by David R. Farley, MD, FACS

This webinar focuses on how to offer a dynamic and engaging surgical experience to learners without spending hundreds of dollars.


Daniel Klaristenfeld, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Presented by Daniel Klaristenfeld, MD, FACS, FASCRS

This webinar discusses options for surgical practice in the United States today and the pluses and minuses of these options. Participants also consider the possible future scenarios which may impact employment decisions.


Alexander Langerman, MD, SM, FACS

Presented by Alexander Langerman, MD, SM, FACS

This webinar will help surgeons to learn about the best ways to have conversations with patients and families on topics that many surgeons find difficult. These topics include disclosing errors or giving bad news, discussing surgical logistics including trainee participation, overlapping surgery and intraoperative consultations, and handling consent in situations of uncertainty such as novel techniques and innovative procedures.


Barbara L. Bass, MD, FACS

Presented by Barbara Bass, MD, FACS

This webinar reviews the epidemiology of intimate partner violence (IPV), strategies for screening, and tools for referral and intervention. The goal is to raise awareness of this problem among the surgical communities, recognizing that all sociodemographic groups are potentially at risk for IPV.


Summer Hanson

Presented by Summer E. Hanson, MD, PhD, FACS
Recorded May 2019

This webinar focuses on current discussion of physician burnout among surgical specialties including prevalence, contributing factors and consequences. In addition, we discuss work life integration and strategies for personal and professional satisfaction.


Peter Angelos, MD, PhD, FACS

Presented by Peter Angelos, MD, PhD, FACS
Recorded March 2019

In this webinar, Dr. Angelos describes why ethical issues in surgery are distinctive from elsewhere in medicine. He outlines essential aspects of surgical ethics and why attending to the ethical dimension of surgical care can be beneficial no only to patients but also to surgeons.


Presented by Michael Sarap, MD, FACS
Recorded April 2019

Opioid dependence, overdoses and opioid-related deaths constitute a major public health crisis. A definite percentage of surgical patients become dependent upon opioids after their post-surgical pain has resolved. Diversion of unused opioid pain medications are another source of opioid addition in our communities. Multimodal use of non-opioid medications for surgical patients can significantly decrease the number of opioids utilized for both the inpatient and outpatient post-surgical patient. The webinar discusses the extent of the opioid problem in the US and describes the available non-opioid alternatives for surgical patients.


Presented by Geoffrey P. Dunn, MD, FACS
Recorded March 2019

This webinar will help surgeons to learn about improving the end-of-life care for surgical patients and to help them address difficult issues with those patients and their families.


Daniel Eiferman, MD, MBA, FACS

Presented by Daniel Eiferman, MD, MBA, FACS
(Recorded February 2019)

Complications and poor clinical outcomes can have significant impact on physician’s well-being. This webinar explores how clinicians can increase their resilience and overcome adversity.


Brian M. Snelling, MD

Presented by Brian M. Snelling, MD
(Recorded January 2019)

The webinar is designed to provide attendees with an elementary introduction to the role of the resident surgeon as entrepreneur. Attendees will learn the basic framework that is necessary to take a medical device from idea creation to clinical approval, with a specific focus around instrumental concepts of addressing unmet clinical needs, product market fit, when to incorporate, and how and when to raise money.


Brian H. Williams, MD, FACS

Presented by Brian H. Williams, MD, FACS
(Recorded January 2019)

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.


Adrian Park, MD, FACS

Presented by Adrian Park, MD, FACS
(Recorded November 2018)

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.


Karyn Butler, MD, FACS

Presented by Karyn Butler, MD, FACS
(Recorded September 2018)

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.


William Hope, MD, FACS

Presented by William Hope, MD, FACS
(Recorded August 2018)

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.


R. Scott Jones, MD, FACS, MS

Presented by R. Scott Jones, MD, FACS, MS
(Recorded August 2018)

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).


Saju Joseph, MD, FACS

Presented by Saju Joseph, MD, FACS
(Recorded July 2018)

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.


Jason P. Wilson

Presented by Jason P. Wilson, MD MBA, FACS
(Recorded June 2018)

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.


Presented by Vanita Ahuja, MD, FACS, and Diane Maloney-Krichmar, PhD
(Recorded May 2018)

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.


Brook V. Nelson, MD, FACS

Presented by Brook V. Nelson, MD, FACS
(Recorded April 2018)

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!


John Mellinger, MD, FACS

Presented by John D. Mellinger, MD, FACS
(Recorded March 2018)

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.


Fernando Lamounier, MD, FACS

Presented by Fernando Lamounier, MD, FACS
(Recorded March 2018)

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.


Meghan Duckworth

Presented by Meghan Duckworth
(Recorded February 2018)

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.


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
(Recorded February 2018)

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.


Rebecca Britt

Presented by Rebecca C. Britt, MD, FACS
(Recorded January 2018)

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


Terah Isaacson, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Presented by Terah Isaacson, MD, FACS, FASCRS
(Recorded December 2017)

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.


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

Presented by Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA, FACS
(Recorded November 2017)

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.


Faisal Aziz, MD, FACS

Presented by Faisal Aziz, MD, FACS)
(Recorded November 2017)

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.


Edie Chan, MD, FACS

Presented by Edie Chan, MD, FACS
(Recorded September 2017)

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.


Dr. Lee

Presented by David Lee, MD, FACS, and Kathleen Heneghan, PhD, MSN, RN, PN-C
(Recorded July 2017)

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.


Jayme Lieberman, MD, FACS

Presented by Jayme Lieberman, MD, FACS
(Recorded June 2017)

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.


Gregory Peck, DO, FACS

Presented by Gregory Peck, DO, FACS
(Recorded May 2017)

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.


Stephanie Bonne, MD, FACS

Presented by Stephanie Bonne, MD, FACS
(Recorded March 2017)

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.


Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MBBS, PhD, FACS

Presented by Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MBBS, PhD, FACS
(Recorded March 2017)

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.


Fernando Lamounier, MD, FACS

Presented by Fernando Lamounier, MD, FACS
(Recorded February 2017)

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.


Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS

Presented by Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS
(Recorded February 2017)

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.


Daniel Klaristenfeld, MD, FACS

Presented by Daniel Klaristenfeld, MD, FACS
(Recorded February 2017)

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.


Scott Chaiet, MD, MBA, FACS

Presented by Scott Chaiet, MD, MBA, FACS
(Recorded January 2017)

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.


Jayme Lieberman, MD, FACS

Presented by Jayme Lieberman, MD, FACS
(Recorded November 2016)

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.


Scott A. Leckman, MD, FACS

Presented by Scott A. Leckman, MD, FACS
(Recorded October 2016)

This webinar led by Dr. Leckman, takes attendees through a discussion of domestic volunteerism by surgeons. You will learn how to prepare for and find volunteerism opportunities, as well as discuss what volunteering means to your life. The 55-minute session will end with a question-and-answer period.


David Welsh, MD, FACS

Presented by David Welsh, MD, FACS
(Recorded September 2016)

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


Mario E. Motta, MD, FACC

Presented by Mario E. Motta, MD, FACC
(Recorded September 2016)

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. Only the PowerPoint presentation is available, not the webinar recording itself.


Sheila Harrison, AmWINS Account Executive, ACS Insurance Program

Presented by Sheila Harrison, AmWINS Account Executive, ACS Insurance Program
(Recorded September 2016)

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.


Brian Santin, MD, FACS, RPVI

Presented by Brian J. Santin, MD, FACS
(Recorded July 2016)

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.”


Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS

Presented by Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS
(Recorded June 2016)

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.


Sharmila Dissanaike, MBBS, FACS

Presented by Sharmila Dissanaike, MBBS, FACS
(Recorded May 2016)

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.