ACS Practice Management Course

ACS Practice Management Online Course - Volume 1

The Practice Management Course for Residents and Young Surgeons uses an interactive/lecture format to help surgeons develop basic practice management skills. The course is designed to educate and equip residents and young surgeons who have recently started practice with the knowledge to manage their personal surgical future with a focus on issues such as:

  • How to select a career in private practices I and II by Charles D. Mabry, MD, FACS
  • Coding for Surgical Residents I and II by John T. Preskitt, MD, CCS-P, FACS
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skill: An Important Competency for Risk Management by Forrest D. Griffen, MD, FACS

Target Audience

  • Surgical residents
  • Surgeons entering practice recently

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, learners will be able to understand:

  • How to choose a location and practice environment for the private practice of surgery
  • How to code physician encounters, surgical procedures, and diagnoses
  • How to develop interpersonal and communication skills: an important competency to assist with risk management

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Practice Management
  • Module 1: Selecting a Private Practice I
  • Module 2: Selecting a Private Practice II
  • Module 3: Coding for Surgical Residents I
  • Module 4: Coding for Surgical Residents II
  • Module 5: Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • References
  • Posttest
  • Course Evaluation
  • CME Credit


For questions about the course content, please contact


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
  • 3.50 Self Assessment Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Faculty and Disclosures

Forrest D. Griffen, MD, FACS
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Department of Surgery
LSU Health Sciences Center
No disclosures

Charles D. Mabry, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor and Practice Management Advisor to the Chairman
Department of Surgery
College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
No disclosures

John T. Preskitt, MD, CCS-P, FACS
Attending Surgeon, Department of Surgery
Head, Section of Surgical Oncology
Baylor-Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center
Baylor University Medical Center
No disclosures

Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME’s) Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. Therefore, it is mandatory that both the program planning committee and speakers complete disclosure forms. Members of the program committee were required to disclose all financial relationships and speakers were required to disclose any financial relationship as it pertains to the content of the presentations. The ACCME defines a commercial interest as “any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.” It does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. The ACCME considers “relevant” financial relationships as financial transactions (in any amount) that may create a conflict of interest and occur within the 12 months preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the educational activity.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the presentation. The planning committee members and speakers were contacted and the conflicts listed below have been managed to our satisfaction. However, if you perceive a bias, please advise us of the circumstances on the evaluation form.

Please note we have advised the speakers that it is their responsibility to disclose at the start of their presentation if they will be describing the use of a device, product, or drug that is not FDA approved or the off-label use of an approved device, product, or drug or unapproved usage. 

The requirement for disclosure is not intended to imply any impropriety of such relationships, but simply to identify such relationships through full disclosure, and to allow the audience to form its own judgments regarding the presentation.

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 3.5 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 3.5 credit meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

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Available Credit

  • 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
  • 3.50 Self Assessment Credit
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