The tabs below contain the abstracts for the individual competition. This tab contains the full PDF of the program book and a copy of the meeting agenda. Both can be downloaded.
Full Meeting Program Book w/ COI Disclosure
Moderator: Kevin Schuster, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM, Associate Professor of Surgery (Trauma), Yale School of Medicine, Chair, CT Committee on Trauma, President, CT Surgical Quality Collaborative
Judge: CT Committee on Trauma
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Moderator: Darren Tishler, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Chief, Bariatrics, Hartford Hospital, President, Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
Judge: Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
Moderator: Shawna Kettyle, MD, FACS, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Judge: Anne G. Rizzo, MD, FACS, DABS, System Surgical Chair, The Guthrie Clinic, President, Surgical Services, Professor of Surgery, USUHS, VCU, GCSOM, Past-Chair, American Board of Surgery, Critical Care, Trauma, Burns, Special Medical Advisor to the NORTHCOM Commander
Co-Moderators & Co-Judges: Roselle Crombie, MD, FACS, YaleNewHavenHealth, Bridgeport Hospital & David S. Shapiro, MD, MHCM, FACS, Chief Medical Officer, Saint Francis Hospital | Trinity Health Of New England, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut School of Medicine & Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Quinnipiac University
Moderator & Judge: Matthew Riedel, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine
Moderator: Kristen Glasgow, MD, Yale New Haven Health – Bridgeport Hospital
Judge: Alan Meinke, MD, FACS, Private Practice, Surgeons of Westport, Westport, CT, Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery and Director of Surgical Quality, Nuvance Health, Norwalk Hospital, Past President, CT Surgical Quality Collaborative & CTACSPA
Moderator: Yuk Ming Liu, MD, FACS, Special Guest
Judge: Daniel Ricaurte, MD, FACS, Acute Care Surgery, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Patient Focused Care
Under the leadership of Dr. Roselle Crombie, the committee has recruited some excellent speakers who explore providing patient focused care through unique lenses:
Anne Rizzo, MD, FACS, BABS: How to Die Better
System Surgical Chair, The Guthrie Clinic, President, Surgical Services, Professor of Surgery, USUHS, VCU, GCSOM, Past-Chair, American Board of Surgery, Critical Care, Trauma, Burns, Special Medical Advisor to the NORTHCOM Commander
1) Review present mortality statistics for Surgery.
2) Discuss physician responsibilities to the patient and family regarding end-of-life care.
3) Review present state of “prognosis” and “outcomes”.
4) Discuss future methods of education for an aging population
Melissa Santos, PhD and Christine Finck, MD, FACS: Diversity and Wellness
Melissa Santos, PhD, Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Christine Finck, MD, FACS, Surgeon in Chief, Connecticut Children’s
1) Discuss current diversity environment in Connecticut
2) Discuss strategies for approaching diversity conversations
3) Discuss strategies to improve inclusivity in the workplace
Daniel Boffa, MD, MBA, FACS: Planned vs Reactionary Quality Improvement
Division Chief, Thoracic Surgery; Clinical Director, Center for Thoracic Cancers, Yale School of Medicine
1) Explain difference between events and patterns in quality improvement
2) Identify techniques to help identify opportunities to change process for quality improvement
3) Discuss the basic options for implementing a change in a process
WIS Lecture – Lisa Marella and Christine Finck, MD, FACS, Gender and Pay Equity
Lisa Marella, Senior Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Culture; Christine Finck, MD, FACS, Surgeon in Chief, Connecticut Children’s
1) Discuss national trends in gender equity in pay
2) Review negotiation strategies and the importance of mentorship and sponsorship for women
Young Surgeons and Resident Lecture
Kristen Glasgow, MD, Yale New Haven Health – Bridgeport Hospital, Transition to Practice
1) Explain the steps need to successfully build a practice
2) Examine common pitfalls when starting and building your practice
Junior Resident and Medical Student Lecture
Guy Nicastri, MD, FACS, Talking To Our Patients: Do They Really Understand What We Are Telling Them?
1) Discuss habits residents and students can incorporate into daily clinical practice (rounding, seeing patients in the clinic, pre-op visits, consenting) that can improve patient care
2) Discuss the communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal, helpful to navigate generational and socio-economical differences between providers and patients.
2022 Distinguished Service Award
Presented to Kristin Zarfos, MD, FACS for her dedicated service to patients and fellow physicians.
The award is being presented by David Shapiro, MD, MHCM, FACS.
Resident Paper Competition
Chapter Business Meeting
Special Update from the American College of Surgeons from Anne Rizzo, MD, FACS, DABS, Second Vice-President, American College of Surgeons
14th Annual Surgical Skills Competition
We are once again a pilot site for the ACE Redcap Service.
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The Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons recognizes and thanks the following for their monetary commercial support of this educational activity
Irrimax – Irrisept
Medtronic Advanced Surgical Technologies
Medtronic Gastrointestinal and Hepatology
Pacira BioSciences, Inc.
Surgical Skills Competition
The Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons recognizes and thanks the following for their
in-kind commercial and grant support:
KARL STORZ ENDOSKOPE
W. L. Gore