ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course

The American College of Surgeons Division of Education is pleased to present the ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course. This course serves as an intensive refresher for surgeons who would like to stay current on general surgery practices, even if their practice is specialized. It is a pragmatic review that covers essential content areas in general surgery, is designed to focus on practice issues, and may be helpful in preparing for examinations. 

Course Content

Expert faculty members will use didactic and case-based format to address topic areas in essential content areas in general surgery, including: 

  • Alimentary Tract 
  • Endocrine and Soft Tissue 
  • Oncology 
  • Perioperative Care 
  • Skin and Breast 
  • Surgical Critical Care 
  • Trauma 
  • Vascular

Target Audience

  • General Surgeons and other surgeons interested in the current practice of general surgery. 

Learning Objectives

The ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course is intended for general surgeons and others seeking a review of general surgery. Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Keep current in the essential content areas of general surgery, including alimentary tract, endocrine and soft tissue, oncology, perioperative care, skin and breast, surgical critical care, trauma, and vascular
  • Take new information to the bedside to benefit patient care
  • Identify areas to strengthen in their medical and patient care knowledge as well as update strategies in practice
  • Demonstrate improvement in overall pre-/posttest performance so as to confirm enhanced comprehension and retention of knowledge of general surgery concepts.

The course is designed to stimulate increased awareness of, and provide new knowledge, or reinforce existing concepts for use in surgical practice, and to assist in preparation for examinations.
 

Contact

  • For course-related questions, contact Melanie Thorsen, MBAHC, CRA,  CCMEP, Senior Manager, Continuing Education Programs and  Lifelong Learning, at mthorsen@facs.org.
  • If you have any technical questions, contact learning@facs.org.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 16.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 16.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 16.50 Self Assessment Credit
Course opens: 
01/10/2022
Course expires: 
01/31/2025

Course Format

The ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course uses a case-based approach and features approximately 16.5 hours of online video recordings of 50 new sessions addressing the essential content areas of general surgery, including:

  • Alimentary Tract 
  • Endocrine and Soft Tissue 
  • Oncology 
  • Perioperative Care 
  • Skin and Breast 
  • Surgical Critical Care 
  • Trauma 
  • Vascular

A complete list of all individual sessions is downloadable inside the course. The entire course and materials are conveniently available to you within a few minutes after your registration and payment are processed. The presentation sessions are self-paced and provide video lectures with numerous case-based questions and answers. Downloadable PDFs of all slides with Q&A used in the videos are also available. All course materials, including manuscripts for review are currently online and will remain accessible through the end of the course. Most session are approximately 20 minutes and may be viewed in any order at any time as many times as needed. A 40- question pre-course self-assessment as well as a 40-question post-course assessment are included; the latter has multiple re-take options. All questions and answers are covered by the speakers in the video sessions.

  • For course-related questions, please contact Melanie Thorsen at mthorsen@facs.org.
  • For technical questions, contact learning@facs.org.
     

Disclosure Information

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 “ineligible companies”, 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

The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as 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 an ineligible company 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. 

Disclosures

Program Committee Disclosures

Course Chair:

Laura J. Moore, MD, FACS - Decisio Health; Clinical founder; stock; Frontline Medical Technologies; Chair, Clinical Advisory Board; consulting fees, stock.
Professor, Department of Surgery, Acute Care Surgery 
Chief of Surgical Critical Care 
University of Texas McGovern Medical School 
Medical Director, Shock Trauma ICU 
Red Duke Trauma Institute 
Memorial Hermann Hospital

Core Faculty:

Sean P. Dineen, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology, Moffit Cancer Center

Andrew S. Kastenmeier, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Associate Professor Department of Surgery 
Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin

Robert C. McIntyre, Jr., MD, FACS - Genentech; Principal Investigator; research grant.
Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery 
University of Colorado School of Medicine 
Chief, Division of GI, Trauma and Endocrine Surgery
Director, Endocrine Surgery, Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and 
Surgical Critical Care 
University of Colorado Hospital

Guest Faculty:

Kathleen K. Christians, MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Professor of Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin 

Emilia J. Diego, MD, FACS - Xoft, Inc.; Data Safety Monitoring Board; honorarium 
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Chief, Section of Breast Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 

Stephen A. Fann, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina 

Kirk A. Ludwig, MD, FACS, FASCRS - Nothing to disclose
The Vernon O. Underwood Professor of Surgery, Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin 

Tamara E. Saunders, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Assistant Professor of Surgery, UTHeath McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

Catherine M. Wittgen, MD, FACS - CVR; Endpoint Adjudicator; honorarium; Bristol Meyers Squibb; Consultant; honorarium; Gore; Principal Investigator; educational grant/honorarium; Pfizer; consultant; honorarium. 
Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology 
Program Director, Vascular Integrated Residency
Program Director, Vascular Fellowship 
Program Director, Surgical Critical Care, Saint Louis University

Consultant:

John A. Weigelt, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Professor of Surgery, Sanford Health
Medical Director of SESAP®, American College of Surgeons

Staff Consultants:

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE - Nothing to disclose
Director, Division of Education, American College of Surgeons

Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH - Nothing to disclose            
Associate Director, Division of Education, American College of Surgeons

Staff:

Melanie Thorsen, MBAHC, CRA, CCMEP - Nothing to disclose
Senior Manager, Continuing Education Programs and Lifelong Learning, Division of Education, American College of Surgeons

Olivia Moukayed, BA - Nothing to disclose
Administrator, Continuing Education and Review Courses, Division of Education, American College of Surgeons

Chrysa Cullather, MS - Nothing to disclose
Senior Medical Editor, SESAP® & Review Courses, Division of Education, American College of Surgeons

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information

Accreditation

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 16.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 16.50 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

American College of Surgeons and ACGME Logos

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Accreditation   
Through an agreement between the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, MOC Program participants may record completed self-assessment programs or simulation activities developed and accredited by the American College of Surgeons in Section 3 of the Royal College's MOC Program.

 

Course Completion

To receive the CME Certificate for credits earned, participants will need to complete the following:
•    Review all course materials, including pretest/posttest requirements
•    Course Evaluation 

 

Available Credit

  • 16.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 16.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 16.50 Self Assessment Credit
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To Enroll/Register

You will be asked to register for the course and provide information to complete the registration process.

Once the registration and payment process is completed, an email will be sent to you with the confirmation and course login information.

Course Fee

The Course Fee includes all course materials, including pre and posttests. 

ACS Members: $1,200
Nonmembers:  $1,500