ACS Practice Management Course

ACS Practice Management Online Course - Volume 3

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 financially plan for the future
  • How to set financial goals for you and your family
  • How to reduce risk to your financial future
  • How to successfully negotiate salary, employment, and career changes
  • How to understand the tactics used by others in negotiation with you
  • Understand the dynamics of medical malpractice suits
  • How to avoid becoming named in a malpractice case
  • What to do if you are named in a malpractice action
  • How to create a physician/patient relationship that will facilitate effective post-adverse event communication
  • The difference between complications and errors
  • How to use resources and strategies to continue the physician/patient relationship after an event occurs

Target Audience

  • Surgical residents
  • Surgeons recently in practice

Learning Objectives

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

  • How to financially plan for the future
  • How to set financial goals for you and your family
  • How to reduce risk to your financial future
  • How to successfully negotiate salary, employment, and career changes
  • How to understand the tactics used by others in negotiation with you
  • Understand the dynamics of medical malpractice suits
  • How to avoid becoming named in a malpractice case
  • What to do if you are named in a malpractice action
  • How to create a physician/patient relationship that will facilitate effective post-adverse event communication
  • The difference between complications and errors
  • How to use resources and strategies to continue the physician/patient relationship after an event occurs

Course Outline

  • Introduction - Dr. Charles Mabry
  • Module 1: Accumulation and Planning
  • Module 2: Goal Planning and Risk Management Exam
  • Module 3: Negotiation Exam
  • Module 4: Changing the Liability Equation Exam
  • Module 5: Post-Adverse Event Communication
  • References
  • Posttest
  • Course Evaluation
  • CME Credit

Contact

For questions about the course content, please contact elearning@facs.org.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.50 Self Assessment Credit
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
01/01/2017
Course expires: 
01/01/2020

Faculty and Disclosures

Joel M. Blau, CFP™
President
MEDIQUS Asset Advisors, Inc.
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

James W. Saxton, Esquire
Co-Chair, Health Care Department
Chair, Health Care Litigation Group
Stevens & Lee, P.C.
No disclosures

Thomas V. Whalen, MD, MMM, FACS
Chair, Department of Surgery 
Lehigh Valley Hospital
No disclosures

Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the 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

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 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™
  • 3.50 Self Assessment Credit
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
01/01/2017
Course expires: 
01/01/2020
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