Summary of the Winter Retreat

Tony Smith, MD
Vice President of Education

ACAPS–AAPS 2016 Winter Retreat, Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Winter Retreat was held at the O’Hare Hilton in Chicago, as in past years. The 2016 retreat was shortened from the standard one and one-half days to one full day only, due to a December snowstorm which led to many cancellations of flights in and out of the Chicago O’Hare Airport for approximately 36 hours.

The program began on Saturday with a presentation by Moran Cerf, PhD, a Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management faculty member. Dr. Cerf’s talk on Free Will, Decision Making and Control in the Context of Behavior Changes and Business Choice covered many new basic science research findings as to how individuals make choices. This was followed by Dr. Scott Hultman’s presentation on Financial Literacy for Academic Plastic Surgeons. The ACGME/ABPS/RRC Reports were then given by Donna Lamb and Dr. Robert Weber. Over lunch the audience was treated to an interesting History of Plastic Surgery presentation by Dr. Raymond F. Morgan, the 2016 ACAPS Goldwyn Award recipient.

The afternoon program consisted of sessions on Assessment by Drs. Weber, Lifchez, Nguyen along with Drs. Edgar and Hamstra of the ACGME. This was followed by Paper Session I chaired by Dr. Steven Kasten of the University of Michigan. It was during this paper session that retreat program committee consisting of Drs. Smith, Hultman, Gosain, Weber and Kasten made the decision to shorten the retreat to one day only. The Mentoring Interative Event, scheduled for Sunday morning, to be chaired by Dr. Arun Gosain, was cancelled and will be presented at a later ACAPS event. Paper Session II, which was to take place Sunday morning, was moved to Saturday afternoon. The Winter Retreat ended late Saturday, December 10, 2016, allowing ACAPS members and other attendees to return home prior to the cancellations of flights out of Chicago O’Hare Airport.

Anthony A. Smith, MD
Chairman, ACAPS-AAPS 2016 Winter Retreat