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The ASCRS Leadership and Professional Development Program has been designed to enrich ASCRS members at every level of their career. From mentorship to growing as a leader in your hospital. ASCRS is dedicated to providing the training and resources you need to succeed.

The ASCRS Leadership and Professional Development Program focuses on the ten pillars.



Webinar: Behind Every Great Leader is a Great Mentor 
November 14, 2019

Webinar: ASCRS Deconstructed
March 4, 2020

Symposium: Seeing Through Fresh Eyes: A Leadership Advantage
June 8, 2020

Conference: What I Wish I Knew Before I Became A Leader
January 29-31, 2021

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Behind Every Great Leader is a Great Mentor 

This webinar originally aired on Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7-8 pm CST
Cost: FREE

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This webinar is for any ASCRS member interested in being a mentor or mentee.

Moderator: Tracy Hull, MD

Mentor/Mentee: David Rothenberger, MD, Ann Lowry, MD
Mentor/Mentee: Patricia Sylla, MD, Daniel Popowich, MD

Join us for this free webinar where participants will answer questions about:

  • What makes a great mentor?
  • How to choose a mentor?
  • Maintaining the mentor-mentee connection
  • Mentoring outside of your space
  • ASCRS Mentorship Program
  • and much more!
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Webinar: ASCRS Deconstructed

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 7:00 pm Central Time
Moderator: 
Heather Yeo, MD, MHS
Speakers: David Westman, Neil Hyman, MD; Arden Morris, MD, MPH; and Jason Mizell, MD

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ASCRS has a long history of building leaders in colon and rectal surgery. This webinar will briefly cover that history, as well as the growth of the society and how to be involved as the society moves forward. This webinar will offer advice from all levels—from the Executive Council to the young surgeons—about how the society, board and research foundation work and their leadership structure. Early and mid-career surgeons will gain an understanding of the benefits of being involved in the society, how to be involved and how to make their way up the ladder.

Heather Yeo   Heather Yeo, MD, MHS, is the vice chair of the ASCRS Social Media Committee. She has a master’s in health services research and is focused on surgical outcomes and quality improvement in gastrointestinal cancer surgery. She has been working with Cornell Tech to develop mobile apps to track patients in the perioperative period. Dr. Yeo
 
Westman-Profile-Picture.jpg   David Westman, CAE is the ASCRS executive director. He is both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Association Executive (CAE). The American Society of Association Executives published a book written by him in 2016, “Board and CEO Roles for Association Goals,” which addresses best leadership practices in associations. In 2013 received the Association Forum’s Inspiring Leader of the Year award.
Hyman,-Neil-2018.jpg   Neil Hyman, MD, is the ASCRS president-elect. He is currently a professor of surgery, chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery and co-director of the Center for Digestive Diseases at the University of Chicago Medicine. He has authored more than 225 peer-reviewed original articles and textbook chapters.
Arden Morris   Arden M. Morris, MD, MPH, is a member-at-large on the ASCRS Executive Council and chair of the ASCRS Committee on Committees. She also serves as the vice chair on the Commission on Cancer’s National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer Quality Committee. She is a professor of surgery and vice chair for research in the Stanford Department of Surgery.
Jason Mizell   Jason Mizell, MD, recently completed his stint as chair of the ASCRS Young Surgeons Committee, where he developed the society’s first Mock Oral Examination workshop for Fellows and the Financial Planning for the Colorectal Surgeon symposium. He is an associate professor of surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he is the program director of the Transition Year Program.
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Seeing Through Fresh Eyes: A Leadership Advantage

Monday, June 8, 2020,  8:00 – 9:15 am
2020 ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA

Every aspect of surgery involves leadership. Whether it’s serving as the team leader in the operating room, mentoring the next generation or managing the financial and operational aspects of practice, surgeons are required to take on leadership roles throughout the continuum of their professional lives. Despite these expectations, most are thrust into this position without formal training.

Physicians are neither taught how to lead nor are they typically recognized for good leadership, yet they are expected to adopt and exhibit these skills throughout their professional careers. Incorporating leadership skills into formal medical education has not been widely accepted, however there is mounting evidence that highly skilled physician leaders can transform health care teams and create a culture that positively impacts patient care. Further, without these transformative leaders, hospitals and healthcare systems are challenged with issues of conflict, low morale, burnout and organizational dysfunction.

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What I Wish I Knew Before I Became A Leader

January 29-31, 2021
Estancia Hotel and Spa in La Jolla/San Diego, California

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Whether it is in the private practice office, the operating room, the hospital or the board room, colorectal surgeons are leaders and need leadership skills to be successful.  The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Leadership program has been developed to engage members in creating and sustaining a culture of lifelong leadership. The ASCRS seeks to empower society members to become better leaders in all aspects of their clinical practice, administrative work and research endeavors.

The ASCRS first leadership development meeting “What I Wish I Knew Prior to Becoming a Leader” will include ten core values or pillars to leadership: empowerment, accountability/judgement, mentorship/sponsorship, culture, connectivity and communication, strategy, change/innovation, integrity, advocacy, and operations.  While all of the individual pillars could be a single meeting topic, in this first leadership development meeting specific key aspects particularly important to colon and rectal surgeons will be addressed.