Date: August 24, 2019 (Saturday)
A full-day course for attending surgeons and senior residents with the goal of improving the quality of care provided for cholecystectomy patients. The inspiration for this course is the call to action by Dr. George Berci and other prominent leaders of SAGES, to “First do no harm; second, take care of bile duct stones.” 
First, course attendees will gain a greater understanding of bile duct injuries (BDI) in laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and learn how to minimize this risk in clinical practice. Second, attendees will gain the cognitive knowledge and technical skills necessary to perform common bile duct exploration, enabling them to provide comprehensive surgical management of bile duct stones, reduce the need for additional procedures, lower costs, and shorten hospital stays for cholecystectomy patients.
The course will be based on a mastery-learning curriculum model. Attendees will complete pre-course self-study of didactic materials related to common bile duct exploration. At the course, participants will undergo an initial baseline assessment of CBD exploration skill using a previously validated, simulation-based model. The course format will involve video-based lectures, panel discussions, and hands-on, simulation-based training on laparoscopic common bile duct exploration, cholangiogram interpretation, biliary stent placement, and open bile duct exploration. Attendees will then undergo post-curriculum assessment of CBD exploration skill.
Course Enrollment Requirement: A team-based approach will be the model for the course. As such, we will recruit teams consisting of an attending surgeon plus senior resident (PGY3, 4 & 5) who desire to initiate a common bile duct exploration program at their home institution.
This course is open to a team consisting of a PGY3, 4 & 5 resident plus attending surgeon (faculty member) from the same institution, both with a willingness to initiate a common bile duct exploration program at their home institution after course completion. Registration will be limited to the first 8 teams, and also limited to one team per institution. Priority registration will be given to faculty/residents who are SAGES or AAST Members.
**Registration Deadline: Monday, June 17, 2019
1. Hotel Accommodation : Sofitel Hotels & Resorts
– Hotel rooms will be paid by SAGES for the nights of Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24.
– Residents will share a room with a peer.
– Rooms will be assigned on an ad hoc basis.
– If a room is required for Sunday night, it will be provided at the participant’s expense. (Note: please email [email protected] for availability and rates)
2. Ground Transportation:
– SAGES will reimburse ground transportation expenses to & from LAX Airport on Friday and Sunday.
– Air travel to and from Los Angeles is covered by SAGES. The program will conclude at 6:15 PM on Saturday, August 24. (**Please DO NOT make any travel arrangement prior to receiving an acceptance letter to the course from the SAGES office)
B. Attending Surgeons:
– please be informed that you will require to arrange the air travel, hotel and ground transportation at your own expenses to this course.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner on Saturday, August 24th are paid for both residents and attending surgeons.
** This is a non-CME course
For more information about the program, please contact Betty Mulugeta at [email protected]
 Berci G, Hunter J, Morgenstern L, Arregui M, Brunt M, Carroll B, Edye M, Fermelia D, Ferzli G, Greene F, Petelin J, Phillips E, Ponsky J, Sax H, Schwaitzberg S, Soper N, Swanstrom L, Traverso W. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: first, do no harm; second, take care of bile duct stones. Surg Endosc. 2013;27(4):1051–4.