Promoting Excellence in Rectal Cancer Care: The Five Why’s of Accreditation

Saturday, April 30, 2:30 - 3:45 pm

CME Credit Hours: 1.25

The National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer was created by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, with a goal of improving the quality of rectal cancer care in the United States. The first program was accredited in 2020. Since that time 23 centers have been accredited and reaccreditation for the first sites are about to begin.  This session is built to help our members to understand the philosophy behind the program and how to overcome any challenges whether one is at a university or a community setting. 


At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to: 
  1. Recognize the evidence showing the need for rectal cancer care improvement in the US
  2. Recognize how to overcome challenges to accreditation in large and/or academic centers
  3. Recognize how to overcome challenges to accreditation in small and/or community centers
  4. Recognize challenges of engaging non-surgeon members of the multidisciplinary team in accreditation


Samantha Hendren, MD, Ann Arbor, MI
Linda M. Farkas, MD, Dallas, Tx

2:30 pm         
Why Do We Need Accreditation?         

David Dietz, Cleveland, OH                
2:45 pm         
Why Can’t I Meet Accreditation

Shankar Raman, Des Moines, IA                        
3:00 pm         
Why Me: A Small Community Program        

Kelly Finan, Baton Rouge, LA
3:15 pm         
Why Me: A Larger University Program

Virgilio Valeranio George, MD, Charleston, SC

3:30 pm         
Why Me: I am Not a Surgeon

Courtney Moreno, MD, Atlanta, GA
3:45 pm