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Meetings and Events

The YFA sponsors a variety of sessions targeted to young surgeons at both the Clinical Congress and the annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit.

Clinical Congress


The YFA Governing Council members are active participants in the annual Convocation and Induction of New Fellows into the American College of Surgeons (ACS). They participate in the robing of the Initiates and welcome new Fellows at the President’s Reception following the Convocation.

Initiates Program, Annual Forum, and Networking Reception

Each year, the YFA hosts a session specifically focused on the needs of the new Fellow. This is followed by a round-table session with the current College president, an overview of YFA activities and how to become involved, followed by a networking reception with YFA leaders.

In addition, the YFA sponsors, as well as promotes, sessions held throughout the Clinical Congress program focused on issues pertinent to the young surgeon—practice management, family and lifestyle topics, and leadership skills to name a few.

Monday, October 5

Functional Ergonomics for Surgeons: Protect Your Neck and Your Career
2:30–4:00 pm

Neck pain, back pain, muscle fatigue and carpal tunnel syndrome are among the most frequent complaints and the cause for many of the disability claims that can shorten a surgical career.  Functional ergonomics has the promise to improve these outcomes when properly interpreted and incorporated into our daily practice. This session will provide an in-depth exploration of the work done on functional ergonomics in surgery and how to build this into a medical environment.

Young Fellows Association Program
4:00–5:45 pm

Learn about the association’s activities, participate in a round-table discussion, and network during a reception with other Young Fellows, new initiates, YFA leadership, and incoming ACS President J. David Richardson, MD, FACS.

Tuesday, October 6

Changes in Medical Malpractice Law: Disclosure, Apology, and Offer
7:00–7:45 am

“Disclosure, Apology and Offer” (DA&O) is a new model for medical malpractice resolution, recently signed into law in Massachusetts and in demonstration projects across the U.S. This Town Hall session will provide a forum for discussion of the law and its’ consequences from the point of view of the surgeon, the insurer, the patient, and the public.

Speed Mentoring Program
4:00–5:00 pm

YFA members are encouraged to participate as mentors in a fast-paced, hour-long event. Mentors will meet with up to six resident and associate fellow mentees in a round-robin structured setting. For more information and registration, log into the ACS Communities.

Wednesday, October 7

Being an Expert Witness: When Are You Ready? How Do You Do It?
7:00–7:45 am

Participate in this interactive Town Hall, which will emphasize the conduct of the expert witness role for surgeons. Surgeons in practice may on occasion have the opportunity to testify in court as expert witnesses on behalf of the plaintiff or defendant.

Managing Stress and Preventing Burnout: Strategies and Wellness Habits for Surgeons
9:45–11:15 am

Burnout has been shown to affect 40 percent of practicing surgeons, leading to unhappy and prematurely shortened careers as well as having a significant negative impact on personal and professional well-being. This session will include practical scheduling tips to avoid fatigue, discussion of habits that increase stress, prioritization of high-yield career enhancing activities, training in mindfulness, and incorporating regular physical activity into daily lifestyle.  

Conflict in Practice (Meet-the-Expert Luncheon)
11:30 am–12:30 pm

How to Become a Successful Principal Investigator (Meet-the-Expert Luncheon)
11:30 am–12:30 pm

You’re Not Alone: The Emotional Impact of Adverse Events
2:30–4:00 pm

Adverse patient events, which are thought to occur in up to a third of all hospitalizations, are sometimes the direct result of incorrect decisions or misguided actions of a surgeon. This panel will focus on the impact of bad patient outcomes on the well-being of surgeons, and explore strategies to mitigate the toll that such outcomes have on surgeons who are often become the second victim.

Thursday, October 8

The Surgeon and Emotional Intelligence: It’s Real and Relevant
9:45–11:15 am

A surgeon’s practice is an emotional one. Every aspect of our lives, as surgeons, in fact is directly affected by our emotional intelligence (EQ). Developing ones EQ allows for more effective communication, increased ability to handle stress, and ability to recognize and handle conflict and increase flexibility to adapt to change. This session panel will help the participants understand what is EQ, increase awareness of its role in one’s career and life, explore skills to practically enhance one’s EQ, and focus on real life examples that are relevant to us as surgeons.