Upgrading Your Surgical Skills through Preceptorship (PtS)

This session has been identified and designated as Credit to Address Regulatory Mandate for Patient Safety. Learn more about state regulatory mandates.

Session Description

There is a need for surgeons to learn operations and new technologies introduced after their surgery training. Failure to participate in Continuing Medical Education affects patient safety, referrals to the surgeon’s practice, and may render the surgeon obsolete. Options for learning include Postgraduate Courses, industry-sponsored courses, simulation training, and direct surgical observation. A newer option is a preceptorship program. A preceptorship includes didactic education, supervised hands-on performance, and use of technologies. This program is typically sponsored by a hospital or academic center, often in another state. The panel session will review the outcomes of traditional learning experiences in the past, examples of newer operations and technologies to be learned, the role of preceptorships, and a review of how to assess and upgrade your surgical skills.

Moderator: Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME , Chicago, IL

Co-Moderator: Philip R. Schauer, MD, FACS, Cleveland, OH


Opening Remarks
Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, Chicago, IL

Philip R. Schauer, MD, FACS, Cleveland, OH

Hazards of Learning New Surgical Skills
Conor P. Delaney, MCh, PhD, FACS, FASCRS, Cleveland, OH

Your Surgical Skills Are Obsolete Now and You Don’t Know It
Philip R. Schauer, MD, FACS, Cleveland, OH

A Personal Experience with Preceptorship and Programs for New Skills Acquisition
Lori A. Alvord, MD, Sunnyside, WA

Options to Help You Upgrade Your Surgical Skills
Danny M. Takanishi, Jr, MD, FACS, Honolulu, HI

Discussion and Questions
Philip R. Schauer, MD, FACS, Cleveland, OH

Closing Remarks
Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME , Chicago, IL

Sponsored by the Committee on Preceptorship for Practicing Surgeons

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


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

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

Ajit K. Sachdeva MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME - Nothing to Disclose
Conor P. Delaney,  MCh, PhD, FACS, FASCRS - Merck: Honorarium: Trial development; Takeda: Honorarium: Trial development
Danny M. Takanishi, Jr MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Lori A. Alvord MD - Nothing to Disclose
Philip R. Schauer, MD, FACS - BD Surgical: Consulting Fee: Consultant; Ethicon: grant support,: Investigator; GI Dynamics: Consulting Fee: Advisory Board Member; Medtronic: Grant support, speaker honorarium: Investigator, speaker; Pacira: Grant support: Investigator; WL Gore: Consulting Fee: Consultant

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.

American College of Surgeons and ACGME Logos

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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