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

Course Content

This three-day course is structured to maximize learning and interaction with the faculty while providing a variety of educational experiences. Participants will be encouraged to present the faculty with their leadership challenges to help ensure the course addresses specific learning needs of the attendees. The content areas will include:

Leadership Challenges

Effective surgical leadership today requires different competencies than in the past. A focus will be placed on attributes that are important to effective leadership and that will assist the participants in identifying and enhancing the leadership skills they already possess.

Leadership challenges may be effectively resolved by:

  • Using different leadership styles in different settings
  • Applying concepts of emotional intelligence
  • Confronting disruptive behavior and microaggressions
  • Recruiting, mentoring, and delegating
  • Recognizing and avoiding burnout

Leading and Sustaining Change

Leaders must be skilled in effecting and sustaining change in individuals and organizations.

Change may be effectively supported by: 

  • Providing a vision and rationale
  • Understanding adaptive leadership challenges
  • Motivating and stimulating ongoing change
  • Sustaining change through others
  • Developing a quality and safety program 

Building and Maintaining Team Effectiveness

Theoretical and practical steps of team development will be explored, including those used in assembling teams, charging teams, and supporting team function within health care organizations.

Team effectiveness can be enhanced by:

  • Using disparate personalities and ideas to develop solutions
  • Generating enthusiasm and positive interpersonal behaviors
  • Evaluating performance and making personnel changes
  • Aligning disparate team members 

Leading Oneself

Current courses on leadership are largely theoretical and provide limited access to being a leader, much as a surgical atlas does not fully impart what is required to be a surgeon.

A focus on leadership as it is lived and experienced may assist both established and aspiring leaders in:

  • Thinking and acting strategically
  • Leading oneself and other surgeons
  • Leading beyond surgery
  • Leading during a crisis

Art and Principles of Leadership

Leaders must be able to address various leadership situations and translate the principles of leadership into action. This course will use case-based scenarios to launch discussions that demonstrate the importance of flexibility and adaptability for effective leadership.

Course participants will benefit from the shared insights and experiences among attendees as they are:

  • Evaluating leadership opportunities
  • Succeeding in new leadership positions
  • Leading in a community setting
  • Developing collaborative academic medical center and community relationships
  • Leading in the redesign of health care
  • Recognizing and addressing leadership derailers
  • Leading up to the next level

“I learned the skills and obtained the knowledge to help me become an effective leader at my institution.” 

- ACS Surgeons as Leaders participant