Clinical Congress 2019

Spring 2019 Advocacy Blog Update

The Wisconsin Surgical Society participated in the 2019 Doctor Day at the Wisconsin State Capital on May 1st. Over 400 physicians and medical students participated in the event. Read More.

The Future. Through the Eyes of a Surgeon

The College has created a new video that was recently shown at Clinical Congress. The video focuses on the critical need for surgeons to have a strong voice and seat at the table in all patient care decisions, especially as the health care environment continues to change. The video successfully highlights why surgeons have a unique and important perspective and focuses on the need to strengthen the collective voice of all surgeons, especially in our efforts to reach health care leaders, policymakers, and the public. The video can be downloaded at: www.facs.org/member-services/through-the-eyes

ACS celebrates 100 years

100 Years of Setting the Quality Standard:

President's Message

September 2019

Dear WSS Members:

The annual meeting of The Wisconsin Surgical Society, A Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, will be held on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 2019 at The American Club in Kohler, WI. Please take the time to make your hotel reservations and to send in your conference registration as this is looking to be another great conference. I would like to thank Drs. Brandon Grover, Elise Lawson and Tim Ridolfi for their time and effort in planning this event.

The Friday sessions will highlight research across the state through presentations by medical students, residents and fellows. The format will include both oral and poster presentations. An update on the Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin, Rural Surgery Task Force is also planned. Dr. John Weigelt, Vice-President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons will provide an update on ACS activities and give the Beaumont Lecture.
Saturday’s Sessions will include clinically relevant panel discussions. New this year will be “Great Cases Across the State” – featuring interesting clinical cases submitted by our colleagues. We are excited to have Dr. Dean Klinger lead a session on Global Health, and Sheridan Ryan present “Staying Left of the Bang” (how to manage violent patients and families.)

The American Club is a five-star resort with a world-class spa and championship golf courses. Join your colleagues and friends for a great weekend of learning, sharing and renewing friendships. Invite colleagues who are not members to attend the meeting and ask them to join the WSS!

I look forward to seeing you in November!

Sincerely,
Brian Lewis, MD, FACS President

Annual Meeting November 8-9, 2019

The Annual meeting of The Wisconsin Surgical Society, A Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, will be held on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 2019. We are looking forward to another excellent opportunity for education and fun this fall. The venue will again be The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.

The Friday sessions will highlight research across the state through presentations by medical students, residents, and fellows. The format will include both oral and poster presentations. An update on the Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin is also planned. We are excited to have Dr. John Weigelt, Vice-President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons to provide an update on ACS activities and give the Beaumont Lecture. We will again be hosting the Physician-in-Training Cancer Research Paper Competition sponsored by the ACS Commission of Cancer (CoC). There is the opportunity to represent our ACS Chapter in a national Commission on Cancer research competition. Per CoC requirements, Medical Students are not eligible for this award.

Saturday’s sessions will include clinically relevant panel discussions (including “Great Cases Across the State” – so submit your great and interesting clinical cases), invited lectures, and additional abstract presentations. If considering a video presentation, simply submit a summary of content and informational objectives through the abstract submission website. Please do not plan to include pre-recorded voice narration for the accepted video, and limit video length to 5 minutes. Bringing along a backup copy of your presentation/video is highly recommended.

All abstracts must be submitted through the online abstract submission website at https://knowledgeconnex.secure-platform.com/a/page/WSS2019. The deadline for abstract submission is Thursday, August 22nd, 2019. All medical student, resident, fellow, and advanced care practitioner abstracts must be sponsored by a WSS member who should plan to attend the meeting. If the sponsor is not able to attend, the sponsor will need to arrange an alternative WSS member to sponsor the presentation. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Grover at btgrover@gundersenhealth.org. or Dr. Lawson at lawson@surgery.wisc.edu.

Our annual meeting is a great opportunity to discuss relevant issues pertaining to the clinical practice of surgery in a way that allows our membership to make and reinforce friendships across our state. The venue in 2019 is a five-star resort with a world class spa. Please encourage your colleagues and trainees, especially those who are new to Wisconsin, to submit an abstract and/or attend. We look forward to seeing you in November!

Sincerely,
Brandon Grover, DO, FACS
Elise Lawson, MD, FACS
Tim Ridolfi, MD, FACS
Program Committee Co-Chairpersons

President's Message

January 2019

Dear Wisconsin Surgical Members:

It is hard to believe that we have entered a new year and are already two months removed from our annual meeting.  The Wisconsin Surgical Society hosted another great conference at the American Club last November with a record number of attendees. The strength of the educational program was one of the highlights of the meeting and we should all thank and recognize Drs. Ridolfi and Grover for their efforts in putting together such an outstanding program. A thank you to all members that were able to attend the 2018 meeting.  Members who were not able to attend missed a great program but we look forward to your attendance this year in Kohler. The meeting will be at the American Club on November 8 – 9, 2019.

The Wisconsin Surgical Society remains active in the area of advocacy and we continue to need the support of the membership.  We are once again a sponsor for Dr. Day on May 1, 2019, at the State Capitol. Please join us as we share our legislative concerns on a local level. As a member of WSS, we will pay for your attendance. Plan on joining us for dinner to recap the day’s events and to plan for next year. This was a great event last year and we already have a number of members participating this year. Here’s a quick link to the registration page for Dr. Day.

The number of dues paying members in our Society has been declining. In order to maintain a strong and vibrant society we have to maintain a strong membership, if you have not done so already, please visit the Wisconsin Surgical Society website at http://www.wisurgicalsociety.com where the easy online payment option is available. We will also be conducting a membership campaign to attract new members to the Society. If you have practice partners, or local colleagues that are not yet members, please extend an invitation to them to join.  Please encourage your colleagues and friends in other areas of the state to join as well, this will not only increase the membership but add more diversity to the society.  You can find the application for membership on the website. Follow these links to download the dues renewal form and the application form.

  • If you are an Active Member – Thank You for your membership and use the Dues Renewal Form.
  • If you are an Associate or have recently become a Fellow with The American College of Surgeons, please fill out the application for membership form.
  • If you are a retired member, there is no charge. However, please return your contact information using the Dues Renewal Form.
  • If you are a resident or a medical student, there is no charge. Please return your contact information using the Dues Renewal Form.
  • And new this year, invite nurse practitioners, PA’s and PhD’s involved with surgical care to join as an affiliate member.

Thank you for your continued support of the Wisconsin Surgical Society. Please feel to email me at blewis@mcw.edu with any suggestion, concerns or new ideas for the Society.

Sincerely,

Brian D. Lewis, MD FACS

President, Wisconsin Surgical Society