June 7, 2019

Professionalism & Communication:

What to Do When Bad Things Happen to Good Surgeons

Video Message from Program Co-Directors Dr. Ahmer Karimuddin & Dr. Tracy Scott


“When Bad Things Happen to Good Surgeons” is a full day symposium about real-world work culture and communication difficulties. By bringing in provincial leaders and experts, we will learn how to deal with conflict in daily practice with colleagues and administration. There will be a focus on the emotional impact of patient complaints on surgeon wellbeing and how to deal with a college complaint or lawsuit. We are excited to partner with the CMPA and Saegis to bring to you a novel and captivating session on “Communicating Unexpected Outcomes”.


Cypress Room, Holiday Inn Vancouver-Center, 711 W. Broadway, Vancouver


Surgeons: $250, Residents: Free

Please e-transfer (Interac) registration fees to Luiza Shamkulova at luiza.shamkulova@ubc.ca or via cheque to ‘UBC General Surgery’ to be mailed to DHCC 11125 – 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC Canada, V5Z 1M9.

CPD Credits

The day will have a minimum of 7 Category 1 credits and 3 Category 3 credits.

Visiting Professor Dr. Amalia Cochran

Dr. Cochran is a General Surgeon, with a focus on surgical critical care. Her clinical interests include areas as diverse as burns and the use of telemedicine to deliver care in rural and remote areas. Her research interests include disruptive surgeon behaviour, surgeon mentorship and entrustment opportunities in the operating room. She is a Professor of Surgery at the Ohio State University, Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Surgery, Past President of the Association for Surgical Education and Past President of the Association of Women Surgeons.