Academy VGR: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This dynamic panel will discuss issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in surgical education.  This session is ideal for Surgery Chairs, Program Directors, Clerkship Directors, core faculty, residents and medical students, and others involved in the surgical education. 

Target Audience

  • Surgical Education Leaders 
  • Hospital administrators 
  • Faculty
  • Practicing surgeons
  • Learners

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Realize existing systemic discrimination in surgery and surgical education 
  • Recognize that efforts in this area much address recruitment, retention and promotion of qualified people of color 
  • Highlight current efforts incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion into medical education 
  • Consider ways to measure success, mitigating systemic racism
  • Address opportunities to move forward and continue the conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion


  • If you have any questions about the course, please contact Susan Newman, Manager, Academy at 312-202-5771 or email
  • For any technical questions, please contact us at
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information


Academy of Master Surgeon Educators Grand Rounds Series: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Thursday, January 21 | 7:00 pm CST
Chicago, IL 

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as an “ineligible company”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Ineligible company

Any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation. 

Speaker and Moderator Disclosures

LD Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCS(Glasg)(Hon), MAMSE - Nothing to Disclose
J. Wayne Meredith MD, FACS  - Nothing to Disclose
Carla M. Pugh, MD, PhD, FACS - Medical Teaching Systems – Founder – Personal financial investment
10 Newtons, Inc – Founder – Personal financial investment
10 Newtons Women’s Wellness Foundation – Founder – Personal financial investment
Intuitive Surgical Foundation – Consultant – Consulting Fee
PrecisionOS – Consultant – Consulting Fee

Program Committee Disclosures

Mohsen Shabahang, MD, PhD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Ajit Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME - Nothing to Disclose
L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM - Nothing to Disclose
Anthony Atala, MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Paris D. Butler, MD, MPH, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
James C. Denneny III, MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEHP, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Kathryn Spanknebel, MD, FACS  - Nothing to Disclose
John D. Mellinger, MD, FACS - American Board of Surgery, American Board of Family Medicine, SAGES

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Course Completion

To received the CME certificate, participants will need to complete the following:

  • Review all course materials
  • Course evaluation

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 Certificate of Completion
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