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The Department of Surgery is undertaking an unprecedented number of educational events this spring and summer for providers throughout Wisconsin, the region and the country. Topics vary from breast surgery to facial nerve disorders, and hernia repair to outcomes research. We will highlight two upcoming events this week and more events in future issues.

The Sixth Annual Topics in General Surgery CME course will be held April 10-11 at The Edgewater, offering surgical education to surgeons and advanced practice providers throughout the region. To date we have more than 60 external registrants. Forty Department of Surgery faculty are scheduled to speak, along with several UWSMPH and UW Health providers and four visiting faculty. New this year are pre-conference workshops in Advanced Hernia Repair and Wound Closure, Lunch and Learn Roundtables, and the addition of a third live surgery broadcast Friday afternoon. Agenda and registration details are available online

On May 26-27, the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR) is hosting a conference, “Expanding Your Department’s Portfolio: Programmatic Development in Surgical Health Services Research.” Attendees from other departments of surgery will have the opportunity to learn challenges and solutions associated with building an HSR program, resources and infrastructure needed, as well as options for obtaining extramural funding. The course is directed by Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, and invited faculty includes Justin Dimick, MD, MPH, of the University of Michigan, and Karl Bilimoria, MD, from Northwestern. Agenda and registration details are available online


Ann P. O’Rourke, MD, MPH, will offer the Keynote Address at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s 3rd Annual Acute Care Surgery: Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency General Surgery CME Symposium on April 17 at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Clerkship Director Ann P. O’Rourke, MD, MPH, and Elizabeth Bingman, clerkship program coordinator, recently toured Gundersen Health in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, one of the sites to which our department sends medical students. While there, Dr. O’Rourke presented “Feedback and Evaluation” at Grand Rounds.


Our recent Cyc Out Thyroid Cancer event, held at Cyc Fitness in downtown Madison, raised more than $11,000 for thyroid cancer research at UW Carbone Cancer Center and the Department of Surgery. Participants enjoyed 45-minute spin classes, live DJ Music, a raffle, and snacks from Fit Fresh Cuisine. Thanks to all the donors and riders who came out, and a special thanks to Stephanie Olivas, Administrative Assistant in Surgery’s thyroid program, for planning a great fundraiser! Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System