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November 23, 2018/Digestive/CME

2nd Annual Updates in General Surgery: The Latest Techniques for Maximizing Your Surgical Practice’s Outcomes

Vail, Colorado, Jan. 18-21, 2019

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Technology and techniques for general surgery are constantly evolving. Stay up-to-date by attending the second annual Updates in General Surgery, Jan. 18-21, 2019 in Vail, Colorado.


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Taught by Cleveland Clinic experts in the field, the broad-based course features an atmosphere that fosters collaboration, innovation and sharing a cost-effective diagnostic approach for managing patients with complex general surgery cases involving hernia, breast disease, HPB, bariatric, trauma, colorectal and foregut surgery.

“Updates in General Surgery is the most broad-based comprehensive meeting that covers the gamut of what’s new and innovative in general surgery this year in one stop,” says Michael Rosen, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Hernia Center and the course’s primary activity director. The course is designed for the general surgeon who takes care of all types of patients as well as fellows, residents and other medical professionals.

Highlights of the second annual Updates in General Surgery include:

  • Hernia repair: This day-long session will cover the full range of preoperative optimization, the newest techniques for umbilical, open inguinal, lap and robotic hernia repair, and how to maximize results in complex abdominal wall reconstructions.
  • Colorectal surgery: Advanced endoscopy, minimally invasive and robotic colorectal surgery will be covered in detail as well as evidence-based and cost-effective diagnostic approaches for benign and malignant colorectal cases.
  • Acute care surgery: This half-day session will focus on managing difficult surgical cases, such as small bowel obstruction, complicated pancreatitis and colorectal and perineal trauma and how to manage trauma in emergency general surgery cases.
  • Breast disease management: This comprehensive session will cover everything from high-risk breast lesions and surgical risk reduction with breast cancer genetics to the surgical considerations of mastectomy with reconstruction and radiation and systemic therapy updates.
  • Bariatric surgery advancements: You’ll learn about how to manage these types of patients when they show up in the middle of the night in your ED with such common issues as bowel obstruction and intraluminal bleeding after gastric bypass.


In each of these surgical areas, you’ll learn what is new in enhanced recovery protocols.

The second annual Updates in General Surgery will encompass cases general surgeons often face daily, with questions and answers. Whether you’re preparing for certification or recertifying exams or just want to be up on the latest, cutting-edge surgical advances, you’ll come away with news you can use. “Every speaker will offer information you can incorporate into your practice as soon as you get home to make a difference in your patient outcomes,” Dr. Rosen says.

The three and a half day comprehensive event takes place at the Lodge at Vail, in Vail, Colorado, located just steps from Gondola One. Families are invited to breakfasts and après ski events. “There’s ample time to enjoy Vail and your family,” Dr. Rosen says.

Sessions will be led by 19 renowned faculty from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, including co-activity directors Zahraa AlHilli, MD, general surgeon; Stacy A. Brethauer, MD, general surgeon; Ali F. Mallat, MD, general surgeon and critical care surgeon; Ajita Prabhu, MD, general surgeon; and Scott R. Steele, MD, Chairman of Colorectal Surgery.

Guest faculty include Dana Hayden, MD, Section Chief, Colorectal Surgery, Rush University in Chicago and Jeffrey Claridge, MD, Director, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burn, MetroHealth System in Cleveland.

What makes the second annual Updates in General Surgery especially compelling is the interactive nature of the course. “We have an audience participation system that allows attendees to actively engage with the speakers real time,” Dr. Rosen says. “Through your smartphone, you can participate in faculty panel discussions and get your questions answered.”

Register today for Updates in General Surgery.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity qualifies for 24.5 self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. MOC must be selected at the time of registration.


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