2017 Annual Meeting

Pre-Meeting Courses

Pre-Meeting Courses

Take full advantage of your educational opportunities by attending the pre-meeting program. Limited space available in all courses. Register early!

Breast Practice Management Survival Kit 101

Moderators: Michael Berry, MD; Jeffrey Landercasper, MD

Course Agenda (pdf)

This course is designed to help general and breast specialty surgeons navigate the complicated world of managing a breast practice. The morning session will provide surgeons with updates on the rapidly changing legal, regulatory, and payer stakeholder landscape in which we practice. The afternoon session will include strategies for enhancing patient centered care and patient reported outcomes, as well as improving surgeon image to the public and surgeon satisfaction.

The Role of Emerging Technology in the Patient Care Clinical Pathway

Moderators: William Burak, MD; Jill Dietz, MD

Faculty: Susan Boolbol, MD, William Burak, MD, Jill Dietz, MD, Frederick Dirbas, MD, Linda Han, MD, Kathleen Horst, MD, Cary Kaufman, MD, Henry Kuerer, MD, Julie Margenthaler, MD, James Pellicane, MD, Edgar Staren, MD, PhD, Alyssa Throckmorton, MD, Stephanie Valente, DO, Pat Whitworth, MD

Course Agenda (pdf)

    This new course will follow different clinical situations and the advancing technologies to adequately determine their appropriate role in the management of breast disease and breast cancer.
    • Attendees will "walk through" the various clinical pathways available to patients to provide a higher level of care to the patient, including using genomics to evaluate the new cancer diagnosis, technology through localization, surgical techniques as well as post-surgery treatments and non-surgical options.
    • We will examine the pros and cons of using technologies that are at various stages of penetration in the breast market, including: office-based "resection" devices, alternatives to wire localization, toys and tools for surgery (retractors, evacuators, dissectors), lumpectomy space occupiers, tumor ablative technologies, genomic signatures, intra-operative radiation therapy, and late-breaking developments.
    • A significant amount of time will be dedicated to a critical review of the published data and the cost-effectiveness of the technology.
    Participants complete the course better equipped to determine the need for these technologies in their practice or center. This will be accomplished through a didactic format built around faculty debate and interactive attendee participation as well as a comprehensive hands-on workshop.

Day 1 — Didactic Session Oncoplastic Surgery Every Breast Surgeon Should Know: Techniques that Should Not Stay in Vegas!

Moderators: Dennis Holmes, MD; Shawna Willey, MD

Course Agenda (pdf)

Didactic session (Day 1) may be taken without cadaver lab (Day 2); however, cadaver lab participants must register for both the lecture and lab. Space is very limited in lab and is expected to sell out quickly. This two-day course is designed to emphasize collaborative principles and techniques for optimal oncoplastic resection and reconstruction. Day 1 of this course will provide techniques and strategies for delivering the full spectrum of oncoplastic breast cancer care—from independent cases to those requiring a breast surgeon/plastic surgeon team in the operating room. Day 2 will provide hands-on instruction in a surgical cadaver lab with supervised practice of the full range of oncoplastic procedures, a technology cadaver lab for evaluating surgical devices, and a live-model lab for practicing skin marking. Plastic surgery and breast surgery instructor will describe their current solutions to the technical challenges of individual cases involving breast conservation.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy: An Introductory Course

Moderators: Carrie Thoms, MD; Victor Zannis, MD

Course Agenda (pdf)

Through didactic, hands-on workshop, and clinical case presentations, gain a basic knowledge of indications, principles, and technical aspects for performing stereotactic-guided percutaneous breast biopsy.

Advanced Breast Imaging for the Surgeon

Moderators: Mark Gittleman, MD; Jocelyn Rapelyea, MD

Course Agenda (pdf)

Advances in breast imaging have created as much controversy as improvements in patient care. The role of screening mammography is being questioned as the utilization of 3D Tomo-Mammography is increasing. Using MRI in the evaluation of newly diagnosed breast cancer has led to huge debates but "fast" MRI has promise in lowering the cost and increasing efficiency. Dense breast legislation has raised the question of what is the physician's responsibility in recommending additional screening and what should that be—whole breast ultrasound (manual or automated), MRI, or Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI)? This course will focus on bringing the surgeon up to speed on the current and emerging breast imaging modalities; with discussions of how the technology works, what is the supporting data, and what are the economic implications.

Breast Ultrasound: An Introductory Course

Moderators: Edgar Staren, MD, PhD, MBA; Lise Walker, MD

Course Agenda (pdf)

Learn the basics of ultrasound (US) physics, scanning techniques, and the interpretation of the characteristics of benign vs malignant focal breast lesions. Both didactic and hands-on instruction will cover the basics of intervention for diagnosis, core biopsy pathology, and the use of intraoperative US.

Building a Breast Cancer Survivorship Program

Moderator: Nathalie Johnson, MD

Course Agenda (pdf)

Survivorship medicine is a necessary response to the growing population of cancer survivors who emerge from treatment with a variety of post treatment challenges. This course will detail the importance of building a program and garnering administrative support for both the record of care and the standards of care needed for accreditation. In addition to didactic presentations, there will be practical solutions for building a clinically and financially viable program which incorporate community partners.

Day 2 — Cadaver Lab with Practical Training Oncoplastic Surgery Every Breast Surgeon Should Know: Techniques that Should Not Stay in Vegas!

Moderators: Dennis Holmes, MD; Shawna Willey, MD

Course Agenda (pdf) (pdf)

Cadaver Lab participants, must register for the Day 1 didactic session. Space is very limited in lab and is expected to sell out quickly. Hands-on instruction in a surgical cadaver lab for hands-on supervised practice of the full range of oncoplastic procedures, a technology cadaver lab for evaluating surgical devices, and a live-model lab for practicing skin marking.

Wednesday, April 26
Thursday, April 27