Surgeons as Educators Symposium

Course Description

The Duke Department of Surgery offers a new formal training course for General Surgery Residents to prepare them for their role as educators in surgery. The first of its kind in the United States, this two-day course focuses on education basics, surgical teaching, and team dynamics to prepare surgical residents to become effective teachers in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment. Collaborating with successful initiatives, such as Duke Ahead and the Feagin Leadership Program, faculty instructors with expertise in medical education lead sessions throughout the course.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Foster a constructive learning environment with didactic and practical teaching strategies
  • Improve patient care by preparing medical students to assume clinical responsibilities
  • Enhance team management and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Reduce burnout among residents
  • Improve satisfaction among medical students in the surgery clerkship​ 

Course Agenda

Saturday, February 22, 2020

8:30–9:00 am Breakfast  

Setting the Stage


9:00–9:45 am Learning Environment, Setting Expectations Dr. Saumil Mahendra Chudgar, Associate Professor of Medicine
9:45–10:30 am Team Dynamics/Feedback Dr. Nancy W. Knudsen, 

Professor of Anesthesiology

10:30–10:45 am


Presentations and Talks


10:45–11:30 am

Oral Presentation Skills

Dr. Kyle Jason Rehder, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

11:30–12:15 pm Chalk Talks Dr. Sabino Zani Jr., Assistant Professor of Surgery
12:15–1:00 pm Lunch  

Operative Teaching

1:00–1:45 pm Teaching in the OR Dr. Kevin Naresh Shah, Assistant Professor of Surgery
1:45–2:30 pm Teaching practical Skills Dr. John Migaly, Associate Professor of Surgery
2:30–2:45 pm Break  

Rounds Teaching

2:45–3:30 pm Teaching on Rounds   Dr. Rachel Adams Greenup, Associate Professor of Surgery
3:30–4:00 pm Concluding Comments/Final Discussion  
7:00–9:00 pm Happy Hour  
Surgeons as Educators Discussion
Surgeons as Educators Residents