27th Annual Current Concepts & Controversies in Surgery

January 29-31, 2018
Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, VT


This conference is designed to present current clinical management issues in surgical patients for the general surgeon in practice, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals in the field.

Registration is limited to allow personal contact with the faculty in order that each participant will be able to tap the resources available for his/her own clinical scenarios.


Following this conference, participants attending this course should be able to:

  • Describe special considerations for the perioperative care of elderly patients.
  • Describe the surgeon's role in mass disaster planning.
  • Describe the evaluation and management of patients with retroperitoneal sarcomas.
  • Describe techniques for assessing volume status in acutely ill surgical patients.
  • Describe management options for patients with giant hiatal hernias.

Optional Workshop

(No cost but limited attendance)
High-Stakes Behavior Management: De-escalating Difficult Situations

We all face difficult situations with patients and/or their families. Our patients often face disappointment, fear, pain and loss - and we are challenged by their strong emotions as well as our own. Patient-Family dynamics can make it very challenging to provide robust health care while still attending to the patient-provider relationship. Complex systems and patients' chronic health issues add to the stress.

In this workshop participants will practice identifying the verbal and physical signs of aggression and escalation, creating safety for self and others, and learning to manage potentially aggressive situations.


Jointly Accredited Provider TM

In support of improving patient care, the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Vermont designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 12 Nursing Contact Hours.

NOTE: To obtain 12 credits / contact hours, you must sign up for the optional workshop. The main conference will be awarded 10 credits.

A self-assessment exam will be given to allow the opportunity to earn 12 credits toward fulfilling Part 2 of the ABS MOC program.

Stowe is now Epic!

Stowe Mountain Lodge is a Vail Resort. Epic Pass holders have unlimited ski access at all Vail resorts as described here. 4-Day, 7-Day and Epic Local Passes are also available.

Hotel Information

A block of beautifully appointed rooms has been reserved at the Stowe Mountain Lodge. Please call the Lodge by December 24 (888-478-6938 or 802-760-4755) and indicate your participation in this course to obtain our discounted rates: $305 plus 10% state and local tax, single or double occupancy, for studio accommodations. There is a $10 daily parking charge. Room rates cannot be guaranteed after December 24. To ensure room choice and availability, it is recommended that you make your room reservations as soon as possible. 

Conference Syllabus

The conference syllabus will be available for download electronically (no extra charge). Alternatively, you may elect to buy a flash drive with pdf versions of the talks ($15) or a printed syllabus ($50). Please bring your laptop or other device to view the electronic or flash drive presentations. Extra copies of the printed syllabus will not be available. Closer to the conference you will receive instructions on how to access the PDF files of the presentations.


  • $575 Physicians
  • $300 PA, Nurse, etc.
  • $250      Residents (verification of residency status required)

This fee includes all course materials (via electronic download), coffee breaks and reception. Add $75 late fee after December 15, 2017.

Refunds, minus an administrative fee of $75, are available if cancellation is made prior to January 2, 2018.  No refunds are possible after that date.

Please CLICK HERE to register.