American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™ virtual Fireside Chat Series connect you with experts for an open dialog driven by audience questions.

Upcoming Chats

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 7:00 to 8:00 pm CT

Dr. Anthony Atala, MD, FACS, MAMSE

As a practicing surgeon, educator, bioengineer, researcher, and editor, Dr. Atala has much to share about his life and distinguished career during this Fireside Chat. A significant portion of the hour will be devoted to answering questions from the audience.

Past Fireside Chats

Professor Sir Murray Brennan, GNZM, MD, FACS, MAMSE

As an internationally renowned oncology surgeon, with a lifetime of accomplishments, Dr. Brennan has much to share about his life and illustrious career during this Fireside Chat.

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, MAMSE

Dr. Hoyt has served as Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons since 2010. During the Fireside Chat, Dr. Hoyt talked about his time with the ACS and his prolific career.

Patricia Joy Numann, MD, FACS, MAMSE

As a Past-President of the American College of Surgeons and recipient of the ACS Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Numann shared important lessons learned.

Hilary A. Sanfey, MB BCh, MHPE, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), MAMSE

Dr. Sanfey was honored by the ACS Board of Regents as a "mentor, teacher, and trainer of the next generation of surgeons advocating for excellence in life-long high-quality surgical education."  

Carol E.H. Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, MAMSE

Dr. Scott-Conner discussed her specific career path and her roles as mentor, teacher, advisor, medical writer, editor, and leader in surgical education.

Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCS(Hon), FRSCEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon)

With more than four decades of experience as mentor, teacher, advisor, and leader overseeing a vast array of work, Dr. Pellegrini shared about adversity, ways to maximize positivity and resilience, and how to grow as an educational leader. 

John D. Mellinger, MD, FACS

Dr. Mellinger discussed his specific career path and important lessons learned from a prolific career in surgical education as well as having served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force.

About the Series

The ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators Fireside Chat Series was developed as an outcome of discussions of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators Special Committee to Address Challenges and Opportunities Relating to Surgery Residency Training during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The committee was charged to address the challenges faced by educators and to harness innovative opportunities in surgical education. The Fireside Chat Series will enable programs and their learners to have access to valuable talks and discussions with experts both in a synchronous and asynchronous manner.

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