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While back to school season brings to mind students from kindergarten to college, it also marks the beginning of another year of learning for 78-year-old retired surgeon Mohammed Badruddoja, MD. Last year, Dr. Badruddoja obtained 38 continuing medical education (CME) credits through the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery online Surgery Grand Rounds program. That was the maximum number of credits attainable last year through this free online education series, which is open to any doctor with an Internet connection. This year’s Surgery Grand Rounds season kicks off September 2, with a presentation by transplant surgeon Joshua Mezrich, MD.

Dr. Badruddoja practiced as a general and oncologic surgeon in Elgin, Illinois, for much of his 30-year surgical career. Today he remains active in the Rockford, Illinois, medical community, serving as director of a rehabilitation clinic, lecturing at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, and contributing and reviewing oncology publications for several peer-reviewed medical journals. Last year Dr. Badruddoja became an active participant in the UW Department of Surgery’s free online Surgery Grand Rounds program as a way to broaden his surgical knowledge base. “Regardless of age or status of practice, you must attend quality CME courses to refresh your knowledge and keep up-to-date on new ideas,” Dr. Badruddoja says.

Grand Rounds are a longstanding tradition in medical education. The UW Department of Surgery holds Grands Rounds Wednesday mornings during the academic year, during which a faculty member or guest speaker presents a patient case or specific clinical program to a group of doctors, residents and medical students. The sessions are broadcast live on the internet and also recorded then posted online where they are available to view for up to one year. Surgeons who view online Grand Rounds and successfully complete the online post test are eligible for CME credit, required of doctors in most states to maintain a valid medical license. Last year, users obtained a total of 1,448 CME credits from UW’s online Surgery Grand Rounds.

The University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery has been providing surgical excellence to the state of Wisconsin for 91 years. More than 100 full-time faculty members perform more than 22,000 operations annually for patients in the specialties of cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, transplant surgery, and vascular surgery. Learn more about Department of Surgery educational offerings online and on Facebook, or email to join our email list and receive updates on our continuing education efforts. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System