Surgery for Children: Who Can We Keep in the Rural Community? (PEDS)

This session has been identified and designated as Credit to Meet ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements for Pediatric Surgery. Learn more about ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements.

Session Description

The availability of basic surgical services for children is variable across the U.S. and many retiring general surgeons who safely operate on some children have no succession plan. This session provides information about which pediatric surgical procedures are being done by general surgeons in hospitals across the U.S. and which might be safely done with additional training and resources. The session will outline strategies that might be used now and in the future to achieve the desired outcome of safe surgery for children at the right place, at the right time, closest to home. These include, but are not limited to, enhanced Continuing Medical Education, telehealth services, and additional pediatric surgery rotations for rural surgeons in training.

Moderator: Karen E. Deveney, MD, FACS, Portland, OR

Co-Moderator: Lena Perger, MD, FACS, Peralta, NM


Overview of the Problem: Who Will Care for the Kids?
Mary E. Fallat, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY

Where Are All the Pediatric Surgeons?
William T. Adamson, MD, FACS, Chapel Hill, NC

Surgery for Children in the Rural Community
Mohan K. Rao, MD, FACS, Madisonville, KY

Surgery for Children in the Rural Community—Texas Style
Robert S. Viney, MD, FACS, Midland, TX

More Than One Way to Skin a Cat
Kenneth S. Azarow, MD, FACS, FAAP, Portland, OR

Sponsored by the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery and the Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery

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

Karen E. Deveney MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Kenneth S. Azarow MD, FAAP, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Lena Perger MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Mary E. Fallat MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Mohan K. Rao MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
R Shelton Viney MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
William T. Adamson MD 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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