9th Annual Current Topics in General Surgery

Madison, WI US
June 8, 2018 to June 9, 2018

The goal of this day and a half educational activity is to examine the latest developments and current techniques in general surgery as they relate to a variety of featured topics including endocrine surgery, surgical oncology, general surgery, breast and minimally invasive surgery and emergency general surgery. Using a disease-oriented approach along with panel discussions, debate and case review, the activity will cover a broad spectrum of disease states.

General surgeons and other healthcare providers in the state and region will learn novel techniques including advances in diagnosis and treatment of surgical diseases to manage those problems faced in daily practice.

Participation is encouraged through question and answer opportunities during the program.


  • Case Presentation Lunch lead by our new Chair Dr. Rebecca Minter
  • Advanced Practice Provider and Nursing Inclusive Course
  • Audience Participation in real time

Practice Gaps and Needs

Current Topics in General Surgery is the premier educational event in the region designed to educate general surgeons and other healthcare providers. This course will provide a comprehensive review and update of general surgery core competencies as outlined by the American Board of Surgery for re-certification, as well as instruction on new innovations in technology and medical care focused on improved outcomes for patients.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to educate community general surgeons, advanced practice nurses, PAs, RNs and other healthcare providers on topics relevant to new advances in the diagnosis and treatment of surgical diseases.

Elements of Comptence

This CE activity has been designed to improve learner competence and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties areas of patient care and procedural skills, medical knowledge, and interpersonal and communication skills and the nursing competencies of roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams/teamwork.

This activity also focuses on the interprofessional competencies of roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams/teamwork.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the activity, the healthcare team will be able to:

  • Utilize communication and collaboration with partners in the care of patients
  • Review current models of treatment and communication with patients with oncologic disease
  • Discuss effective practice management techniques
  • Determine treatment options for various surgical areas by comparing & contrasting care options
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 12.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 12.50 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 12.50 Iowa Board of Nursing Contact Hours
  • 12.50 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/08/2018 - 7:00am
Event ends: 
06/09/2018 - 2:00pm

June 8, 2018

07:00 Registration, Breakfast and Exhibits 

07:30 Welcome
Daniel Abbott, MD 


07:40 Developing and maintaining rural care paradigms in the state of Wisconsin 
Thomas Cogbill, MD 

08:10 Developing relationships with regional partners 
Rebecca Minter, MD 

08:40 Panel Discussion 

08:55 Break and Exhibits 

II. Minimally Invasive Surgery
Moderator: Jacob Greenberg, MD, EdM

09:10 Approaching abdominal complications—laparoscopic or open? 
Anne Lidor, MD, MPH 

09:30 DEBATE: Training, education and credentialing for new endoscopic techniques (POEM/GPOEM) vs well-established laparoscopic techniques—is one better, and how do I learn? 
Luke Funk, MD, MPH and Amber Shada, MD 

10:0 DEBATE: Inguinal hernia repair --TAP, TEP, open—My way is the best 
Jacob Greenberg, MD, EdM and Michael Garren, MD 

10:30 Panel Discussion 

III. Breast
Moderator: Lee Wilke, MD

10:45 How to avoid re-excision in breast conservation surgery
Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH 

11:05 Radiation therapy and the many options post-lumpectomy 
Heather B Neuman, MD, MS and Bethany Anderson, MD 

11:35 Decision-making in breast cancer—which computer model/nomograms can help you and your patients 
Lee Wilke, MD and Heather B Neuman, MD, MS 

12:05 Panel Discussion 

12:20 Break and Exhibits 

12:35 Case Presentation at Lunch 
Rebecca Minter, MD 

01:35 Break and Exhibits 

IV. Colorectal/GI
Moderator:  Eugene (Chip) Foley, MD

01:50 C. diff—current controversies and management (fecal transplant, ID input, etc.) 
Elise Lawson, MD, MSHS 

02:10 Management of the malignant polyp—is formal resection needed? 
Cristina Geltzeiler, MD 

02:30 DEBATE: Elective sigmoid resection for diverticulitis is better 
Eugene F Foley, MD and Charles Heise, MD 

03:00  Panel Discussion 

03:15  Break and Exhibits 

V. Optimizing care for the elderly/palliative surgery
Moderator: Emily Winslow, MD

03:30 What is the role of frailty and sarcopenia assessment prior to surgery? 
Sharon Weber, MD 

03:50 Role of the geriatrician in the evaluation of cancer patients preoperatively 
Emily Guerard, MD 

04:10 Successful transitions from inpatient to ambulatory care for older adults: What are the keys to success? 
Maria Brenny-Fitzpatrick, DNP, RN, FNP-C, GNP-BC

04:30 Panel Discussion 

04:45 Adjourn 

05:00 Reception 

June 9, 2018

07:00 Registration, Breakfast and Exhibits 

VI. Practice Management
Moderaor: Jim Cole, MD

07:30 Aligning APP roles and goals with fiscal sustainability—how do we make it a win-win? 
Mary Beth Henry, RN, MS, CS, APNP, Sarah Smith, RN, MS, ANP-BC, APNP and Julia Zimmerman 

08:00 Locums/temporary workforce in my hospital—how to access them, provide continuity to patients, and what is my role? 
James Cole, Jr., DO 

08:20 Statewide collaboratives to improve patient outcomes 
Michael Englesbe, MD 

08:50 Panel Discussion 

09:05 Break and Exhibits 

VII. Endocrine
Moderator: Rebecca Sippel, MD

09:20 Nuances of parathyroid surgery—when do I call for help? 
Rebecca Sippel, MD 

09:40 Role of surveillance for thyroid nodules that we don’t operate on—and who does it? 
Kristin Long, MD 

10:00 DEBATE—Total versus hemithyroidectomy for small thyroid cancers 
David Schneider, MD, MS and Susan Pitt, MD, MPHS 

10:30 Panel Discussion 

10:45 Break and Exhibits 

VIII. Emergency Surgery/Trauma
Moderator: Angela Gibson, MD, PhD

11:00 Damage control prior to transfer—techniques and tricks 
Lee Faucher, MD 

11:20 Necrotizing soft tissue infections and multi-disciplinary care 
Lee Faucher, MD 

11:40 Timing of common general surgery operations 
Hee Soo Jung, MD 

12:00 Panel Discussion 

12:15 Closing Remarks 

Box Lunch 

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery | Discovery Building
330 N Orchard
Madison, WI 53715
United States
+1 (888) 745-2032

Conference Housing

A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Wisconsin Union Hotel, across the street from our conference site, The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The hotel is located in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and convenient to all things downtown Madison has to offer. Please use the information below to either call-in or book your reservation online by May 7th to take advantage of our special rate of $151.00/night.

Wisconsin Union Hotel
1308 West Dayton Street
Madison, Wisconsin, 53715


Please call (608) 263-2600 to make your reservation and mention group code “SURG18” or Group Name “UW Current Topics in General Surgery 2018.”

Parking at the Hotel

Complimentary parking for one car per room is included at Union South.

Conference Attire

Casual attire is appropriate for this conference. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort levels vary, it is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the educational activity.


Thomas Cogbill, MD
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center

Michael Englesbe, MD
University of Michigan


Daniel Abbott, MD

Maria Brenny-Fitzpatrick, DNP, RN, FNP-C, GNP-BC

James Cole, Jr., DO

Lee Faucher, MD

Eugene (Chip) Foley, MD

Luke Funk, MD, MPH

Michael Garren, MD

Cristina Geltzeiler, MD

Angela Gibson, MD, PhD

Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH

Jacob Greenberg, MD, EdM

Emily Guerard, MD

Charles Heise, MD

Mary Beth Henry, RN, MS, CS, APNP

Hee Soo Jung, MD

Elise Lawson, MD, MSHS

Anne Lidor, MD, MPH

Kristin Long, MD

Alexandria McDow, MD

Rebecca Minter, MD

Heather Neuman, MD, MS

Susan Pitt, MD, MPHS

Amber Shada, MD

Rebecca Sippel, MD

Sharon Weber, MD

Lee Wilke, MD

Emily Winslow, MD

Julia Zimmerman 


It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership, that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this CE activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in order to allow CE staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest.  Faculty must also disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s).

Detailed disclosures will be available prior to the start of the conference.

Accreditation Statement

Jointly Accredited Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.



American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) & Iowa Board of Nursing

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 ANCC contact hours and Iowa Board of Nursing contact hours.  

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing is Iowa Board of Nursing provider 350. A copy of the evaluation(s) may be sent to the Iowa Board of Nursing, 400 SW 8th St., Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison, as a member of the University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for 1.25 continuing education units (CEUs) or 12.5 hours.

Available Credit

  • 12.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 12.50 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 12.50 Iowa Board of Nursing Contact Hours
  • 12.50 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
Course expires: 


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Early Bird (until April 15, 2018) conference fees are $300 for MD/DO and $150 for others including Clinical Adjunct Faculty.

Use Coupon Code SURGERY2018 at checkout to receive the early bird discount.

After April 15, 2018, conference fees are $350 for MD/DO and $175 for others including Clinical Adjunct Faculty.

This fee includes the cost of tuition, materials, continental breakfasts, breaks, lunches, and a nonrefundable processing fee of $50. If you cancel your registration up to 96 hours prior to the conference, you will be refunded the entire conference fee except for the $50 nonrefundable portion of the fee. No refunds will be made after that time.

Syllabus & Conference Materials

Conference materials will be available to registered participants 48 hours prior to the event at this conference site.


Requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to help@icep.wisc.edu.  Cancellation requests received at least 96 hours prior to the conference will allow a full refund except for the $50 nonrefundable processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received less than 96 hours prior to the activity start date.


Emergency situations occasionally occur and may necessitate topic or speaker changes. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP reserve the right to alter or substitute a topic or speaker without prior notification.


For conference information or details regarding exhibit booths, please contact Veronica Watson at 608-263-7697 or watsonv@surgery.wisc.edu.