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

Course Details and Schedule

Course Faculty

Faculty for the course, led by course chair David R. Flum, MD, MPH, FACS, include nationally renowned surgeons with expertise outcomes research.  

David R. Flum, MD, MPH, FACS - Course Chair
Rafael Alfonso-Cristancho, MD, MSc, PhD(c)
Nancy Baxter, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCSC, FACRS
Karl Bilimoria, MD, MS, FACS
Jeanette W. Chung, PhD
Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH, FACS
Farhood Farjah, MD, MPH
Samuel R. G. Finlayson, MD, MPH, FACS
Caprice C. Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACS
Arden M. Morris, MD, MPH, FACS
Gretchen M. Schwarze, MD, FACS
Dorry L. Segev. MD, PhD, FACS
David R. Urbach, MD, MSc, FACS

Course Activities

A schedule of the course is listed below. Course activities will be held on the 28th Floor of the ACS Headquarters. Registration will be open on Wednesday, December 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. On Thursday, registration and sign-in will be available starting at 7:30 am.  

Day 1: Thursday, December 4

Session I: Why, What, and So What?

 

7:30–8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30–9:00 am

Introduction
David R. Flum, MD, MPH, FACS

9:00–9:45 am

Rationale for Outcomes Research and Terminology
David R. Flum, MD, MPH, FACS

9:45–10:30 am

The Outcomes Research Toolbox: Past, Present and Future
Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH, FACS

10:30–10:45 am

Break

 

Session II: Translational Outcomes Research: Using the Tool to Change Clinical Practice

 

10:45–11:15 am

Clinical Practice Guidelines
Nancy Baxter, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCSC, FACRS

11:15–11:45 am

Changing the Way People Make Decisions
Rafael Alfonso-Cristancho, MD, MSc, PhD(c)

11:45 am–12:15 pm

Using Research to Drive Policy Decisions
Dorry L. Segev. MD, PhD, FACS

12:15–12:45 pm

Learning Health Care Systems and Driving Changes in Quality of Care
David R. Flum, MD, MPH, FACS

12:45–1:45 pm

Lunch

 

Session III: Diving Deeper on Methods

 

 

1:45–2:30 pm

Data Synthesis/Meta-Analysis
David R. Urbach, MD, MSc, FACS

2:30–3:15 pm

Systems Engineering, Fieldwork, and Point-of-Care Research
Caprice C. Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACS

3:15–4:00 pm

Mixed Methods/Qualitative/Semi-Quantitative
Arden M. Morris, MD, MPH, FACS

4:00–4:15 pm

Break

4:15–5:00 pm

Health Economics, Cost/Decision Analysis
Samuel R. G. Finlayson, MD, MPH, FACS

5:00–6:00 pm

“Career Story” Roundtable 1
Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH, FACS
Caprice C. Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACS
Gretchen M. Schwarze, MD, FACS

6:00–7:00 pm

Reception

 

Day 2: Friday, December 5

Session IV: CER, PCOR, and Observational Data Analysis

 

 

6:00–7:00 am

Continental Breakfast

7:00–8:00 am 

Refresher on Research Methodology
Farhood Farjah, MD, MPH

8:00–9:15 am 

Introduction to CER/PCOR
Farhood Farjah, MD, MPH

9:15–9:30 am

Break

9:30–10:30 am

Intro to Available Datasets: Overview on What’s in Them and Related Issues
Karl Bilimoria, MD, MS, FACS

10:30 am–12:00 pm

Option 1: How to Get Started with Observational Data Analysis
Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH, FACS
Dorry L. Segev. MD, PhD, FACS
Jeanette W. Chung, PhD

 

Option 2: Work-in-Progress (WIPs) Sessions
Rest of faculty members

12:00–1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00–3:00 pm

How To: Select from Special Topics

3:00–5:00 pm

How To: Select from Special Topics

 

Special Topics

I. How to Do Qualitative Work
Arden M. Morris, MD, MPH, FACS
Gretchen M. Schwarze, MD, FACS

 

II. How to Do Cost/Decision Analysis Work
Rafael Alfonso-Cristancho, MD, MSc, PhD(c)
Samuel R. G. Finlayson, MD, MPH, FACS

 

III. How to Do Advanced Observational Data Work (STATA 2 and 3)
Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH, FACS
Dorry L. Segev. MD, PhD, FACS
Jeanette W. Chung, PhD

 

IV. How to Do Meta-Analysis, Data Synthesis, and Consensus Guideline Development Work
David R. Urbach, MD, MSc, FACS

 

V. WIP Sessions
Nancy Baxter, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCSC, FACRS
Karl Bilimoria, MD, MS, FACS
David R. Flum, MD, MPH, FACS
Caprice C. Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACS

5:00–6:00 pm

“Career Story” Roundtable 2
Samuel R. G. Finlayson, MD, MPH, FACS
Arden M. Morris, MD, MPH, FACS
Dorry L. Segev. MD, PhD, FACS

6:30–8:30 pm

Group Dinner

 

Day 3: Saturday, December 6

Session V: Next Steps

 

7:00–8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:00 am

What Patient Centeredness Means
Caprice C. Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACS

9:00–9:45 am

PCORI and Surgery
David R. Flum, MD, MPH, FACS
Caprice C. Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACS

9:45–10:00 am

Break

10:00–10:45 am

Getting Started: Training, Funding, and Infrastructure
Nancy Baxter, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCSC, FACRS
Samuel R. G. Finlayson, MD, MPH, FACS
Caprice C. Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACS

10:45–11:45 am

Where Outcomes Research Is Heading: Panel Discussion
Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH, FACS
Arden M. Morris, MD, MPH, FACS
David R. Urbach, MD, MSc, FACS

11:45 am–12:00 pm

Wrap Up and Closing Remarks
David R. Flum, MD, MPH, FACS

12:00 pm

Box Lunch

*Course schedule may be subject to change

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Contact Information

Course Questions

Please submit your inquiries to Carla Manosalvas, Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, at OutcomesResearchCourse@facs.org or 312-202-5319. 

Registration Questions

For registration-related questions, please contact Registration Services at registration@facs.org or 312-202-5244.