February 24 - 26, 2022



Medical Program
Medical Student Program


The role of the surgeon in the management of patients with medical and surgical conditions continues to evolve as years come and go. New knowledge in the etiology, management, complications and prognosis of these conditions continues to change how we treat patients in all care level tiers. One of our missions is to promote excellence in our island’s surgical care. As a result, the Puerto Rico Chapter of the American College of Surgeons is committed to provide education and maintain compentency within our surgical community. This year we have developed a comprehensive program catering to a wide array of our surgical community’s educational needs. This meeting provides us and our community an opportunity to fulfill this aspect of our mission as surgical educators.


At the end of the activity, the participant should be able to:

    • Endocrine/Otolaryngology/Head & Neck/Surgical Oncology: The learners should understand upcoming changes in the care for differentiated thyroid cancer and understand the management of patients with recurrent laryngeal nerve injury
    • Skin/Soft Tissue/Plastics/Urology: The learners should be able to update their care strategies for complicated skin and soft tissue ulceration. Also understand new concepts and opportunities in the field of genitoplastics.
    • Trauma/Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery: The learners will learn concepts on image guided resuscitation techniques and operative palliation as part of end of life care in critically ill patients.
    • Education/Leadership/Wellness: 
      • The learners will be exposed to new strategies as leaders in their respective work environments and how social media might influence how we communicate between us. 
      • Part of the young faculty will learn through other young leaders how opportunity should be evaluated as a potential strategy to grow as yound leaders in our fields.
      • The learners will learn how to identify and manage signs of burnout and compassion fatigue
      • The learners will be exposed to ideas as to how improve our practices through technology based education and telementoring. 
    • GI Surgery/Colorectal/Bariatrics: The learner will update recent guidelines and management of patients with diverticulitis, the use of immunofluorescence in gastrointestinal interventions and how to manage post bariatric general surgical complications.
    • Vascular: The learner will understand office based vascular procedures in the treatment of varicosities.
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery/Hernias: The learner will have an update on the best strategies to perform surgery on difficult, complicated gallbladders while minimizing risk to the patients. They will also learn new techniques for abdominal wall hernia surgery in specific complicated circumstances such as large hernias and obese patients.
    • Surgical Oncology/Colorectal/Breast: The learner will have an update in the treatment of rectal cancer and breast conserving techniques for breast cancer.


Email to acspuertoricochapter@gmail.com


16.5 CME credits were requested to the Ponce Medical School Foundation


    • Members – $125.00
    • Non-Members – $175.00
    • Scientific Program Faculty – Free of Charge
    • Residents and Medical Students – Free of Charge with appropriate identification and a letter from the Director of the Program
    • Nurse – Free of Charge
    • Scrub Technician – Free of charge
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