MeTooSurgery: Tools for Addressing and Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Surgical Workplace

Session Description

A recent survey on sexual harassment in academic medicine has revealed that medicine is rife with sexual discrimination and harassment in all their classic forms, with more than thirty percent of female respondents saying they had experienced harassment. Sexual harassment in the workplace can have very serious consequences, not just for the harassed individual, but because of diminished organizational morale, there is the potential for impaired patient outcomes. Consequently, surgical institutions must have policies to actively prevent sexual harassment, and to address allegations of sexual harassment promptly and justly. This panel session will review what constitutes sexual harassment and present best practices in addressing harassment and investigating claims. Importantly, we will discuss evidence-based steps that institutions can take to create environments free of gender-based harassment.

Moderator: Nancy N. Baxter, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Toronto, Ontario

Co-Moderator: Marie L. Crandall, MD, FACS, Jacksonville, FL


Sexual Harassment 101: Understanding the Epidemiology and Etiology of a Chronic Disease
Nancy N. Baxter, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Toronto, Ontario

Crisis Management: Dealing with Sexual Harassment Effectively in Your Organization
Lisa K. Cannada, MD, Jacksonville, FL

From Every Day to Never Event: Tools to Change the Surgical Culture
Janet E. Tuttle Newhall, MD, MHA, FACS, Greenville, NC

From Bystander to Ally: Effective Tools to Engage Men
Thomas K. Varghese, Jr., MD, MS, FACS, Salt Lake City, UT

Sponsored by the Women in Surgery Committee and the Young Fellows Association

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents

Learning Objectives

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their surgical practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care


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

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 relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. For additional information, please visit the ACCME website.

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 a activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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Faculty and Disclosures

Janet E. Tuttle-Newhall MD, MHA, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Lisa K. Cannada MD - Nothing to Disclose
Marie L. Crandall MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Nancy N. Baxter MD, FACS, FRCSC - Nothing to Disclose
Thomas K. Varghese Jr. MD, MS, FACS - Nothing to Disclose

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - Nothing to Disclosure
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - Nothing to Disclosure


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - Nothing to Disclosure
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY - Nothing to Disclosure
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - Nothing to Disclosure
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - Nothing to Disclosure
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - Nothing to Disclosure
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - Nothing to Disclosure
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Nothing to Disclosure


Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - Nothing to Disclosure


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Houston, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - Nothing to Disclosure
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - Nothing to Disclosure
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - Nothing to Disclosure

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 1.5 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 1.5 credits meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

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Note: Residents will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Available Credit

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