Members of the Steering Committee for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Transition to Practice (TTP) Program in General Surgery will participate in a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, October 9, at 7:00 am in Room 206 of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during the 2013 Clinical Congress. J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, a general thoracic and vascular surgeon, Louisville, KY, professor of surgery and vice chair of the department of surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine, and Former Chair, ACS Board of Regents; and R. Phillip Burns, MD, FACS, a general surgeon, chairman and professor of surgery, department of surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, and First Vice-President, ACS Board of Regents, will co-moderate this interactive Town Hall Meeting. ACS leadership and TTP pilot program chiefs will answer questions and provide specific details to surgeons interested in bringing the TTP program to their institution or applying as a TTP associate.
The ACS Division of Education launched the TTP program earlier in 2013 in response to an identified need for additional surgical training for general surgeons coming out of residency. The program is intended to bridge the gap between residency and independent practice as well as to provide a pathway for those wishing to move into general surgery practice. TTP associates will experience increasing autonomy throughout the year in a broad-based clinical setting, build their competence and confidence in general surgery, develop practice management skills, and gain practical experience for the next phase of their careers.