This conference is designed to present current clinical management issues in surgical patients or the general surgeon in practice, 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.


Cholecystectomy; Fluid Management Strategies; Diverticulitis; Colorectal Problems; Management of Thyroid Cancer; Atypical Breast Lesions and Skin Cancers; Hernias; Risks of Ionizing Radiation and Contrast Media, and more! For full talk titles, see the Program Agenda.


Course Director

Dr. Forgione

Patrick M. Forgione, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Larner College of Medicine
University of Vermont


  • Describe the process of debriefing and coping after a fatal trauma code.
  • Describe fluid management strategies in surgical and critically ill patients.
  • Describe the evaluation and management of patients with thyroid cancer.

Optional Workshops

Registrants of the Current Concepts & Controversies in Surgery conference are invited this year to participate in two optional workshops, both of them taking place at the conference venue. Topics: Polish Your Presentations and Ethics. For more information, see Optional Workshops.


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 13.25 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 13.25 Nursing Contact Hours.

Please note: If you do not participate in either of the optional workshops, the conference is accredited for 10 credits.

Conference Syllabus

The conference syllabus will be available as an electronic download with presentations as PDF files. Please bring your laptop/electronic device to view presentations as well as to complete the electronic conference evaluations. You will receive a notification via email prior to the conference start date with instructions for accessing the presentations. Printed syllabi will not be available.

Registration Fee Summary

Late Registration
(after November 1, 2019)
Regular Registration
(through November 1, 2019)
PA, NP, Nurse, etc.:$445$395

This fee includes all course materials via electronic download, continental breakfasts, afternoon refreshments and the Monday evening reception. Refunds, minus an administration fee of $75, are available if cancellation is made prior to January 10, 2020. No refunds are possible after that date.

* Verification of residency status is required.

Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe Mountain Resort, providing ski-in, ski-out services to guests of the Lodge at Spruce Peak, is an internationally renowned destination. Surrounded by majestic Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, Stowe is filled with activities and adventures: skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, zip tours and more. Individuals with an Epic Pass, depending on the type of pass, have unlimited ski access.

Winter Activities in Stowe

Discounted ski ticket coupons will be available by email only and sent to the email address you used to register prior to the start of the conference. You may either print or take your mobile device to the mountain for redemption along with proof of participation in the Surgery Conference (registration confirmation and/or conference nametag acceptable). Coupons may be used towards the purchase of lift tickets only and may be redeemed at Mansfield Base Lodge or Spruce Base Camp.

Equipment rentals and adult/child ski school lessons (pre-registration required) can be purchased online in advance to receive the best rate possible. Payment will be made directly to the mountain.

Download the group rental information sheet (PDF) for more details including the rental equipment link. For information on other winter activities, please visit https://www.stowe.com/explore-the-resort/activities-and-events/winter-adventures.aspx

Hotel Information

Unfortunately, the block of appointed rooms that were reserved at the Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe, Vermont is currently full. If you haven't made your reservations yet, we encourage you to call to see what is available. Things change every day. Please make your reservation directly with the Lodge (802-760-4755 or 888-4-STOWEVT) and indicate your participation in the Current Concepts & Controversies in Surgery Conference. There is a $20 daily parking charge. There are other options for lodging within Stowe, please visit the Stowe Lodging Page.

Please click here to register.