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Educational Conferences

Mandatory Conferences:
Principles of Surgery Weekly
Indications Conference Weekly
Evidence-Based Surgery Monthly
Morbidity and Mortality Conference Weekly
Core Competencies Seminars Weekly (in summer)
Service-Specific Conferences:
Transplant/Liver Transplant Teaching Conference Weekly
Blue/Orange Service Rounds Weekly
Hepatobiliary-Pancreas Multidisciplinary Conference Weekly
Trauma Conference Weekly
Endocrine Conference Weekly
Pediatric Surgery Conference Weekly
Bariatric Surgery Conference Weekly
Vascular Surgery Conference Weekly
Other Conferences:
Oral Boards Review Conference Monthly
Quality Improvement Conference Quarterly

Conference Highlights

The conference schedule is intended to provide residents with a structured and comprehensive didactic curriculum covering the six ACGME competencies. The conferences are generally based on a Socratic approach to medical education, focusing on comprehensive basic science knowledge and its application to surgeons’ specific clinical practices. A core group of faculty is responsible for organizing and leading the conferences. Other department faculty regularly lead conferences on topics related to their specialty.

Principles of Surgery Conference
Provides a scaffolded curriculum covering the basic science and clinical management principles that inform effective management of surgical patients. The curriculum is structured around the ACS Surgery Weekly curriculum.


Surgery Grand Rounds
Presented by Department and School of Medicine faculty, visiting professors and chief residents. Here are videos of some recent Grand Rounds.

Indications Conference
Designed to complement the Principles of Surgery Conference by developing residents’ ability to account for and explain their decision-making regarding cases they have performed.

Evidence Based Surgery Conference
Designed to develop the life-long skills to effectively base practice decisions on sound assessment of medical evidence. The primary skills of evidence-based surgery are learning to:

  • Ask a focused question
  • Find the evidence
  • Critically appraise the evidence
  • Make a clinical decision based on the evidence
  • Evaluate clinical performance
  • Design research

Although the conference focuses on all these skills, its principal purpose is for residents to critically appraise evidence in the surgical literature by learning the main elements of research design and argumentation.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Key teaching conference during which all complications and deaths are presented by senior residents and discussed by faculty and residents.

Summer Core Competencies Series
A series of concurrent seminars and workshops for interns, junior- and senior-level residents devoted to professionalism, interpersonal communications, system-based practiced, practice management, and life-long learning skills. Topics have included medical-legal implications of medical record, ethics of informed consent and advanced directives, micro-skills teaching techniques for residents, patient safety and quality, breaking bad news, coping with bad outcomes, contract negotiation strategies, personal and business finances. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System