Skilled Surgeons and Colon Cancer Survival with Karl Bilimoria, MD, and Brian Brajcich, MD
A recent Northwestern Medicine study published in JAfound colon cancer patients whose surgery was performed by a highly skilled surgeon had a significantly lower risk of dying over five years compared to patients with a lower skilled surgeon. Study authors Karl Bilimoria, MD, and Brian Brajcich, MD, explain.
"After we finish our residencies, we don't get a lot of feedback on our technical skills. So, I think this provides new insight into how we're doing, with opportunities for improvement and some guidance."
—Karl Bilimoria, MD, ’08 MS, ’10 GME
- Vice Chair for Quality, Department of Surgery
- John Benjamin Murphy Professor of Surgery
- Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology
- Vice President for Quality and Information Services, NMHC
- Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center of Northwestern University
Topics covered in this episode:
- A surgeon’s technical skill was scored based on review of footage by other surgeons, including peers and expert reviewers. The outcomes of patients treated by surgeons with higher and lower skill scores were then compared.
- Those deemed highly skilled removed more lymph nodes and were more likely to remove all of the colon tumor
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Continuing Medical Education Credit
Physicians who listen to this podcast may claim continuing medical education credit after listening to an episode of this program.
Academic/Research, Multiple specialties
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Identify the research interests and initiatives of Feinberg faculty.
- Discuss new updates in clinical and translational research.
The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation Statement
The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Karl Bilimoria, MD, MS, and Brian Brajcich, MD, have nothing to disclose. Course director, Robert Rosa, MD, has nothing to disclose. Planning committee member, Erin Spain, has nothing to disclose. Feinberg School of Medicine's CME Leadership and Staff have nothing to disclose: Clara J. Schroedl, MD, Medical Director of CME, Sheryl Corey, Manager of CME, Allison McCollum, Senior Program Coordinator, and Rhea Alexis Banks, Administrative Assistant 2.
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