The Challenges of Children: Supporting Surgical Trainees during Pregnancy and Beyond

Session Description

Embarking on parenthood is a daunting task for any young person, but it is compounded further for surgical trainees by their already taxing and demanding work schedules. This panel will explore the obstacles faced by surgical trainees (both female and male) as they entered into parenthood during their surgical residencies and how surgical programs can best support their residents. Perspectives will include trainees, program directors, surgical faculty, and leadership from the American College of Surgeons to discuss guidelines for parental leave, shortcomings of the current system, new models and practices being implemented across surgical programs, and the future direction of parental leave/support in modern American surgical training programs.

Moderator: Kaitlin Ritter, MD, Cleveland, OH

Co-Moderator: Erika Rangel, MD, FACS, Chestnut Hill, MA


Erika Rangel, MD, FACS, Chestnut Hill, MA

Current State of Pregnancy/Parenthood in Residency
Douglas S. Smink, MD, MPH, FACS, Boston, MA

Negative Impacts of Current Policies on Trainees
Sarah P. Shubeck, MD, MS, Ann Arbor, MI

Current Pregnancy/Paternal Leave Policies
Jo Buyske, MD, FACS, Philadelphia, PA

Current Changing Landscape: New Policies and Where We Still Need to Go
Kyla P. Terhune, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN

Panel Questions and Discussion
Kaitlin Ritter, MD, Cleveland, OH

Sponsored by the Resident and Associate Society and the Women in Surgery Committee

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

Douglas S. Smink MD, MPH, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Erika Rangel MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Jo Buyske MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Kaitlin Ritter MD - Nothing to Disclose
Kyla P. Terhune MD, MBA, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Sarah P. Shubeck MD, MS - 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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