Post-Meeting Workshops

Stay another day for APSA's inaugural Post-Meeting Workshops. Each of the two-hour workshops on Sunday, May 17, offers a deeper dive into topics of interest to the pediatric surgery committee.

Space is limited! Unless noted, there is no additional charge, but you must pre-register for courses during the online registration process.

Note that some courses run concurrently.

Once a workshop is filled, there will be a wait list. Email your name and workshop title to [email protected].
 


Avoiding Implicit Bias

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Location: Palm A-C
Maximum: 80
CME: 2
Led by: Erika A. Newman, MD and Marion C.W. Henry, MD, MPH

Explore strategies for avoiding implicit bias and encourage engagement in the pediatric surgical community.

The course is intended for pediatric surgeons and pediatric/general surgical trainees.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what implicit bias means
  • Recognize some of their own biases
  • Know the science behind why these biases exist
  • Understand how these biases affect our workplaces and our care of our patients
  • Develop strategies to move forward and mitigate the effects of our biases
 

Global Pediatric Surgery

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Location: Poinciana A-B
Maximum: 70
CME: 2
Led by: Tamara Fitzgerald, MD

Gain a supplemental educational experience for pediatric surgeons interested in global surgical care, capacity building education initiatives and global surgical research. The course will feature didactic sessions on the different models of global engagement, available APSA resources, and discussion of clinical scenarios that are commonly encountered in low- and middle-income countries. Additionally, there will be an interactive panel discussion on structuring a career in global surgery.

This course is intended for pediatric surgeons who are interested in serving in low- and middle-income countries under a variety of initiatives and pediatric surgeons who are interested in incorporating global surgery into their career.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different models of global surgery engagement, including the advantages and disadvantages associated with each
  • Identify surgical scenarios commonly encountered in low- and middle-income countries and creative solutions that utilize the available resources
 

Visual Abstracts

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Location: Poinciana C-D
Maximum: 50
CME: 2
Led by: Allison L. Speer, MD, and Alejandra M. Casar Berazaluce, MD

No one has the time to read all the news. Infographics and visual abstracts are becoming increasingly popular vehicles for relaying information – and increasingly required by publishers. This session will cover how to translate your ideas into clear, honest and meaningful visual abstracts.

This course is intended for pediatric surgeons and trainees who are interested in efficiently distributing ideas.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the value of visual abstracts in knowledge dissemination
  • Create a visual abstract to showcase scientific findings
 

Essentials of Surgical Critical Care Course

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Location: Grand Cypress H/I
Cost: $300 USD
Maximum: 30
CME: 2
Led by: Alexander Feliz, MD, and Laura A. Boomer, MD

This two-hour course will provide a supplemental training experience for pediatric surgeons and pediatric surgery trainees and is designed to meet specific critical care practice gaps related to pediatric surgery. The course will feature didactic sessions and hands on stations for scenario-based simulations.

The course is intended for current pediatric surgery fellows, recent graduates and pediatric surgeons who desire to add to their critical care knowledge base

Didactic Learning Objectives

Sepsis and Antibiotic Therapy
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize the changes in the national guidelines for the diagnosis and management of sepsis and septic shock
  • Comprehend an algorithm for the timely management of pediatric sepsis, including fluid resuscitation, antibiotics, vasopressors, steroids
  • Appreciate the controversy and evidence behind adjunct modalities such as renal replacement therapy, therapeutic plasma exchange, intravenous immunoglobulin and ECMO

Hands-on Simulation Learning Objectives

Airway Management and Bronchoscopy
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize airway compromise and indications for intubation and to demonstrate the proper preparation for intubation, the ability to bag-mask ventilate (BVM), the act of laryngoscopy and endotracheal tube placement on airway models
  • Recognize the patient with a difficult airway and be aware of airway adjuncts that may assist in obtaining a difficult airway, as well as describe methods for establishing an airway when endotracheal intubation cannot be accomplished (can’t intubate, can’t ventilate)
  • Understand airway anatomy and anatomical relationships, differences in children as compared to adults, and to demonstrate the ability to perform bronchoscopic airway inspection and basic diagnostic procedures utilizing the virtual bronchoscopy simulator

Ventilator Management
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the basics of mechanical ventilation, including the characteristics of different modes of ventilation, and to identify technical problems that may be encountered in the ventilated patient in the intensive care unit or the operating room
  • Understand when to escalate to more invasive ventilator modes (APRV, HFOV), to demonstrate how to adjust these settings based on physiologic parameters, and be familiar with other adjuncts that may be used to assist with oxygenation and ventilation
  • Recognize when a patient is ready for ventilator weaning, and to demonstrate what is necessary for a safe and successful extubation

Extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) Circuit management and troubleshooting
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the indications for ECMO, the different types of ECMO (veno-venous and veno-arterial), the equipment necessary for ECMO circuit, and the types of pumps utilized.
  • Understand parameters necessary to monitor for the ECMO patient including ventilatory goals, pump flow rates, line pressures, temperature, antibiotics, and anticoagulation
  • Case-based scenarios will assist the participant in the ability to recognize and manage the complications of ECMO to include hypoxia, bleeding, hemolysis, circuit clotting, circuit failure, air embolism, and circuit rupture
 

Assessing Your Learners with Multiple Choice Questions

Time: 9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Palm A-C
Maximum: 80
CME: 2
Led by: Marjorie J. Arca, MD

Self-assessment is a critical part of determining personal knowledge gaps, and adult learners expect feedback from their experiences. In this course, representatives from the American Board of Surgery share best practices in creating multiple-choice questions as part of an optimized assessment program. Upon completion of the course, learners should be able to generate multiple-choice questions that meet the standards for the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification Assessment and APSA ExPERT assessment programs. These skills may also be applied to any educational or assessment setting, including graduate and postgraduate medical education.

This course is intended for pediatric surgeons and trainees who are interested in developing efficient formative and summative assessment tools.
 


Peer Support

Time: 9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Poinciana A-B
Maximum: 70
CME: 2
Led by: Kurt F. Heiss, MD

This two-hour course will provide a supplemental train-the-trainer experience for pediatric surgeons interested in developing a peer-to-peer counseling program to address moral distress and second victim syndrome. The course will feature didactic sessions and discussions of scripted peer interventions.

The course is intended for pediatric surgeons interested in participating in and developing a peer-to-peer counseling program.


Social Determinants of Health

Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Location: Palm D-F
Maximum: 150
CME: 2
Led by: Ronald B. Hirschl, MD, Erika A. Newman, MD, Victor F. Garcia, MD and Marion C.W. Henry, MD, MPH

Following last year’s annual meeting experience, this course will discuss the complex systems at play in social determinants of health. We will discuss the community context of well-being and the role of neighborhoods, health system scenarios for health equity, the role of anchor institutions and how improvements in health equity require interdisciplinarity and complex systems science. Strategies that can be undertaken at the individual level, the hospital level and from within APSA will be brainstormed and discussed.

The course is intended for pediatric surgeons and trainees who are interested in resolving disparities in pediatric surgical health.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand strategies to address structural forces in clinical practice
  • Know what anchor institutions are and how they work within communities
  • Recognize the community context of well-being and the neighborhood processes that effect health
  • Strategize ways to address health inequities at the individual, hospital and organizational level
 

Pediatric Surgery Minimally Invasive Hi-Fidelity Simulation Course

Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Location: Grand Cypress G
Cost: $250 USD
Maximum: 16
CME: 2
Led by: Samir R. Pandya, MD and Matthew S. Clifton, MD

Develop advanced minimally invasive surgical skills that can be used when performing thoracoscopic pulmonary lobectomies and repair of esophageal atresia. Participants will spend two hours concentrating on these two operations. The participant to faculty ratio will be 2:1 and all participants will be provided confidential, personalized instruction, feedback and debriefing from the faculty. The participants will then discuss opportunities to continue advancing their skills with their instructors.

The course is intended for current pediatric surgery fellows, recent graduates and pediatric surgeons who desire to add to their surgical skill set.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe optimal patient positioning in the OR for each procedure
  • Demonstrate optimal port position for each procedure
  • Describe and perform key operative steps for lobectomy and esophageal atresia/TEF repair