American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Fall 2013

Message from the Editor

Photograph of Joshua A. Broghammer, MD, FACSDear New Initiates and Young Fellows,

The 2013 Clinical Congress is coming soon, October 6–10, in Washington, DC. We congratulate and welcome the 1,622 new Initiates in this year’s class to the Young Fellows Association (YFA), representing more than 56 nations. Welcome to the College! For this edition of YFA e-News we have created a Clinical Congress guide to help you plan your trip. I hope you will find this information useful and informative.

On Monday, October 7, the YFA will present a special program. Our Initiate’s program panel session, Titrating Your Leadership Skills—A Primer for Young Surgeons, kicks off the YFA programming at 2:30 pm. The YFA Annual Meeting follows at 4:00 pm. At 4:15 pm, YFA will host a roundtable discussion with Carlos Pellegrini, MD, FACS, President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)—a tremendous opportunity for access to College leadership. Finally, kick back and relax at our networking reception starting at 5:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to colleagues and meet new Initiates, other Young Fellows, and leaders of the College. Keep reading this issue of YFA e-News for a list of sessions geared toward the needs of new Initiates and Young Fellows. See you in Washington, DC!

Joshua A. Broghammer, MD, FACS
YFA e-News Editor
Assistant professor of urology
Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City


Planning Your Trip to Clinical Congress

There are just a few items you need to know when planning your trip to Clinical Congress.

1. Registration

Did you know registration is free for new Initiates? Make sure you fill out the application to complete your credentialing and paperwork. For return Young Fellows, save money by registering in advance—on-site registration costs an additional $50. Complete your paperwork and register online.

2. Convocation Ceremony Regalia

Remember to obtain your College Regalia to attend the Convocation Ceremony. Regalia may be rented for $85 from Herff Jones, Inc., or purchased for $495. Contact Tim McClughen at trmcclughen@herffjones.com to make a purchase.

3. Transportation and Housing

You will need to arrange transportation to and from Washington, DC. United Airlines has partnered with the College to offer discounted airfare. Just enter code ZNEQ725614 at united.com. As for accommodations during Clinical Congress, the College has arranged discounted rates at hotels throughout the city. To reserve a room, visit the ACS housing website. Now all you have to do is plan what Clinical Congress events to attend.

4. Camp ACS

Clinical Congress can be a family affair. The College hosts Camp ACS during the week. Camp ACS is an on-site children’s camp in Washington, DC, that will provide your children with activities such as arts and crafts, games, and watching movies. You will be able to attend the meeting with the peace of mind that they are safe and having a great time.

Camp ACS hours of operation are Sunday, October 6, through Wednesday, October 9, from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown Hotel (one block from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center). Registration is open to children 6 months to 17 years of age. Online registration is available.


Clinical Congress Events for Young Fellows

Convocation Ceremony
Sunday, October 6
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
5:15 pm—Robing of Initiates (Ballroom C)
5:45 pm—Formation of Initiate Procession Line
6:00 pm—Convocation Ceremony (Ballroom AB)

Watch the new Initiates become Fellows of the College. Tickets for guests and family members to attend the Convocation Ceremony are not required. A President's Reception for New Fellows will immediately follow the Convocation Ceremony.

President's Reception for New Fellows
Sunday, October 6
8:00–9:30 pm (following the Convocation Ceremony)
Ballroom Prefunction Area, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

*Times and locations are subject to change.

Initiates Program: Titrating Your Leadership Skills—A Primer for Young Surgeons (PS114)
Monday, October 7
2:30–4:00 pm
Room 152, Level 1, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Successful surgeons have outstanding leadership skills. Without formal leadership training, surgeons must adapt their approach and leadership styles to a variety of different settings. Surgeons should be able to nimbly adjust to environments where they are the captain of the ship as well as other situations, including institutional committee meetings, departmental educational sessions, and community events, where despite a relatively junior status, they are expected to exhibit good leadership. What are effective (and ineffective) leadership styles? How should these styles be adjusted depending on the mix of surgeons, patients, students, and staff who are in the audience? How can an individual switch leadership styles? Our expert panel will offer practical advice on how to optimally manage common and challenging professional dilemmas.

Photograph of Dr. Pellegrini5th Annual YFA Meeting
Monday, October 7
4:00–5:45 pm
Room 152, Level 1, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

4:00 pm—Call to Order and Introductions with Laurel Soot, MD, FACS, Chair, and S. Rob Todd, MD, FACS, Chair-Elect, YFA Governing Council
4:15 pm—Round Table Discussion with Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, ACS President-Elect (pictured right)
4:45 pm—Reports from YFA Work Groups
5:00 pm—Networking Reception

Come learn about the YFA and introduce yourself. Find out how to participate in College activities through the YFA. Meet Dr. Pellegrini and participate in a roundtable discussion. Finally, stay for the networking reception to meet other Young Fellows.


YFA-Sponsored Sessions

*Times and locations are subject to change.

Nonsurgical Education: Is It Worth Going Back to School? (PS 316)
Wednesday, October 9
12:45–2:15 pm
Room 152, Level 1, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

In an ever-more complex world, surgeons often consider obtaining additional degrees or certificates to bolster their educational credentials. MBAs, MPHs, and PhDs are only some of many options available to surgeons. This panel will discuss returning for formal schooling and outline the pros and cons concerning financial matters, social issues, and scientific research. Panelists will focus on the educational value of degree and certificate programs and their impact on career options.

Negotiating for Success (PS330)
Wednesday, October 9
4:15–5:45 pm
Room 152, Level 1, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Negotiating to ensure success in a new position can be daunting. Balancing financial, legal, and workflow considerations can be difficult to negotiate to ensure proper career development. This panel will focus on the different facets of contract and job negotiation. Speakers will emphasize what to look for in a job—ensuring goals alignment, understanding financial aspects of various compensation models, securing clinical success, and being aware of potential legal pitfalls in clinical positions.


Other Sessions of Interest to Young Fellows

*Times and locations are subject to change.

Burning Issues in Surgical Ethics: Collaborations with Industry and
Potential Conflicts of Interest (ME101)

Monday, October 7
1:15–2:15 pm
Room 203A, Level 2, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

How to Get Your Research Published (ME108)
Monday, October 7
1:15–2:15 pm
Room 156, Level 1, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Implementing Social Media Applications into Your Continuing Professional Development (PS223)
Tuesday, October 8
2:30–4:00 pm
Room 201, Level 2, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Social media presents opportunities and challenges for the surgeon. Social media applications are used not only for personal communication, but also for professional networking, collaboration, and education. Surgeons should be aware of the options and be able to use them effectively. Participants in this session will be able to: (1) identify various types of social media, (2) discuss their applications and relevance to surgical practice, (3) recognize the challenges regarding their use, and (4) discuss ACS involvement in social media.

Reimbursement in the Age of Accountable Care Organization Bundling:
What Are Surgeons Worth? (PS230)

Tuesday, October 8
4:15–5:45 pm
Room 202AB, Level 2, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) strive to make providers accountable for the quality and cost of health outcomes. The surgeon is one component of an ACO. Accountability implies shifting the risk associated with care from the traditional insurer to a group of caregivers. Are you prepared to take on that risk? Will the group be assigned by you or by an outside entity? How will your value be calculated compared to the other parts of the delivery chain? Learn from national experts on ACOs and hear how initial results are faring and how to position yourself and your practice to successfully navigate health care change.

The Modern Family: Surgery 2013 (PS309)
Wednesday, October 9
9:45–11:15 am
Room 152, Level 1, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Surgery has evolved from a prototypical male-dominated profession where family support was traditionally a female spouse who may or may not work outside the home. The demographics have changed: Today almost half of incoming surgical residents are women. Same-sex marriage or partners are not uncommon, dual-career couples are the norm, single-parent households are increasing, and an increased number of husbands are staying home to manage the household. This panel will explore the impact of the nontraditional modern surgical family on career and personal life and offer strategies to meet these new challenges.

Risk and Opportunity of Employed Physicians in an Integrated Health System (PS326)
Wednesday, October 9
4:15–5:45 pm
Ballroom C, Level 3, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

This session will evaluate and provide an outline for employed surgeons who will need to understand their new roles and opportunities as members of an integrated health system. This includes understanding the culture, mission, vision, and goals of the system, as well as navigating through contracts, compensation, governance, and evaluation.

What's New in Advocacy and Health Policy: Top 10 Advances in the Past Year (PS405)
Thursday, October 10
9:45–11:15 am
Room 202AB, Level 2, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

This session will introduce the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) to Fellows. Attendees will achieve the following outcomes: (1) understand the ACS' investment in health policy, (2) learn about the new structure and committees responsible for advocacy on behalf of the ACS, (3) develop a clear insight to ACS DAHP strategy, and (4) know why the ACS has earned credibility and respect from government agencies.


Photograph of Charlotte Grill

Meet Charlotte Grill, Your New YFA Administrator

Hello, my name is Charlotte Grill and I am the new Member Services Administrator for the Young Fellows Association. I am very eager to work with all of you in my new role. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some of you on advocacy issues at the state level over the past three years in my previous role as State Affairs Associate at the College. I have always enjoyed my interactions and exchanges with the Young Fellows and I am excited to be working as the staff liaison to support all your work and activities. If you have any questions or would like to contact me, please feel free to e-mail or call me (312-202-5363)!