Surgery Conference Schedule


Death and Complications Conference is held the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday morning and 4th Friday morning. Discussions center on deaths, all complications and "near-misses" that occur on the surgical services.

UNC Grand Rounds are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7:15am. These are held through teleconference from the Department of Surgery at UNC.

Breast Tumor Board is held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00am in the Zimmer Cancer Conference Room and is a review of current breast cancer patients.

Surgical Endoscopy Conference is held on the 4th Wednesday of every month and is led by Dr. William W. Hope.

Surgical Skills Lab is held by William Hope, M.D. Assistant Professor of Surgery every six weeks on Friday morning during educational block time. This conference focuses on open and laparoscopic surgical skills ranging from suturing to complex cases. The conference incorporates the Association of Program Directors in Surgery/American College of Surgeons (APDS/ACS) surgical skills curriculum and also has guest speakers to discuss topics pertinent to surgical skills/instruments. During this conference the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) will be covered and residents are expected to practice the open and laparoscopic skills during designated skills lab time. The goal of this conference is to move the learning curve for surgical procedures outside of the operating room to improve patient safety.

"Kotwall Hour" is held by Cyrus Kotwall, M.D., Associate Program Director of Surgery each Thursday afternoon. Topics vary, emphasizing problems involving active patients using both basics and upper level aspects of surgical care.

Trauma/Critical Care Rounds are a traditional bedside patient management conference held by Thomas V. Clancy, M.D. and Elizabeth Acquista, MD in the Surgical-Trauma ICU. Multidisciplinary in format, the emphasis is on the critical care issues of current patients in the unit. Rounds are held daily in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (STICU).

Tumor Board is a multi-disciplinary conference held on every Friday morning at 7:00am and is a review of current cancer patients that includes clinical, radiological and pathological findings.

Basic Science Conference is held once a month and is run by a member of our faculty. Assigned Chapters are from the Physiologic Basis of Surgery by J. Patrick O'Leary. Residents are to read chapters ahead of time, and come to conference prepared to discuss. Other sources may include areas from SCORE (Surgical Council On Resident Education).


ACS Weekly Review is a prescribed literature series established from American College of Surgeons' department of education. Conferences are held on Friday mornings at 8:00am and are a combination of basic science and clinical management skills and operative techniques that is run by Residents (Junior and Senior Curriculum) and is a review of assigned Chapters with weekly quizzes.

Visiting Professor Conference occurs on a monthly basis. Attending surgeons from UNC, and the other medical schools in the state, including Duke University, Carolinas Medical Center, Winston-Salem and East Carolina University, lecture in their area of clinical expertise. A case management conference follows, with residents presenting a patient to the visiting professor, who leads the discussion and questions the residents about the case.

Local Visiting Professor Conference is a monthly surgical conference led by surgical faculty within the institution. Topics covered include General Surgery & Specialty areas are presented in similar format as the VP.

Journal Club is held once a month, office campus, either at attending surgeons' homes or local restaurants. Current literature is discussed with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) electronic journal club as a resource.