On Tuesday, April 27, Department of Surgery faculty and residents gathered for the Annual Layton F. Rikkers Education Retreat. Our department’s educational mission is to cultivate future leaders in surgery and expand our established educational programs that provide medical students, surgical residents and fellows with advanced exposure to surgical techniques.
The annual retreat forwards the department’s mission by welcoming a visiting professor to lecture on a topic related to surgical education. This year’s invited speaker was Dr. David Rogers, associate professor in the Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
Dr. Rogers received his medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He completed his general surgery residency as well as a surgical research fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia. He later completed a pediatric surgical oncology fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a pediatric surgery residency at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Rogers is board certified in general surgery. He is a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics with a certificate of Special Qualifications in Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Rogers has co-authored more than 30 journal articles and given over 50 presentations and educational courses. His research interests are in surgical education. As part of the retreat, Dr. Rogers also gave the Grand Rounds presentation titled “Optimal Teaching in the Operating Room” the following morning.
Dr. Rebecca Sippel, Department of Surgery Clerkship Director, lead the retreat which began with faculty break out sessions in the afternoon. The event was also highlighted by presentations from each of the seven residency program directors and the presentation of awards to outstanding educators. Third-year resident Dr. Aaron Chalmers and fourth-year resident Dr. Josh Hermsen, both of the Division of General Surgery, were recipients of teaching awards from the Layton F. Rikkers Education Retreat. These awards are based on student evaluation and teaching involvement amongst residents and fellows.