The proportion of surgeons engaged in scientific research as well as obtaining NIH funding has declined significantly in recent years compared with other specialties. In fact, it was reported that the proportion of NIH funding to surgical departments declined 27% relative to total NIH funding from 2007 to 2014, according to the NIH database. Furthermore, even with participation in research by as many as 60% of academic surgeons at the age of 39, this percentage drops rapidly to 20% by the age of 59, indicating that retention of the academic surgeon in research is also an issue. Concurrently, institutional pressures have increased the surgeon’s time in the operating room due to the return in revenue. The culture of research for the academic surgeon requires stimulation in this era of evidence-based medicine, and surgeons require research conducted at the highest level to support their clinical decisions.
The purpose of this monthly educational conference is to provide scientific research updates to the Department of Surgery, translate evidence-based research on surgical disorders for the advancement of the clinical practice, promote collaborations, research support and funding opportunities through informing faculty department-wide.
Prudent use of the most current, well-supported evidence to inform decision regarding individual patient care is at the core of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). Internal medicine, as well as the medical subspecialties of cardiology and oncology have lead the way for integrating the use of research to guide decisions about individualized patient care. However, barriers in the surgical field have impeded the routine incorporation of EBM in the surgical practice. These barriers revolve around lack of time, pressure to be clinically productive, excessive administrative responsibilities, inefficient processes, education, such as lack of understanding of appropriate statistics, attitude/cultural barriers and an overall decrease in direct engagement in research. This conference will directly enable surgeons to remain current and informed on EBM, to engage in research activities, to enhance their skills for effectively evaluating relevant studies in the surgical field with education on topics such as statistics, manuscript preparation and review, grant preparation and review, and proper study design, among others. This CE will also address the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and/or treatment of surgical disorders using scientific data and reports, identify other professionals’ clinical experience with surgical conditions including clinical management, multidisciplinary care and clinical outcomes and provide cutting-edge surgical ideas grounded in EBM that will impact local/regional practice patterns with the goal of improved patient outcomes.
Allied Health Care Professionals
- Address the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and/or treatment of surgical disorders using scientific data and reports.
- Identify innovative surgical techniques to manage surgical conditions.
- Identify other professionals’ clinical experience with surgical conditions including clinical management, multidisciplinary care and clinical outcomes.
- Provide cutting-edge surgical ideas grounded in evidenced-based medicine that will impact local/regional practice patterns with the ultimate goal of improved patient outcomes.
Activity Director: Gwen Lombeck, MD
Planning Committee: Krissa Packard, MS, CRCC
All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.
ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.