CSSP Technical Standards for Thyroid Cancer Surgery Webinar


The CSSP will host an educational webinar for surgeons on the technical standards for thyroid surgery. This course discusses evidence-based operative standards for the performance of thyroid surgery as outlined in the Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery, Volume 2. This course will include preoperative considerations for surgical planning and standards for thyroidectomy and lymphadenectomy. We also include insights into clinical management of thyroid cancer through case study review.


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About this course

Faculty Credentials

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Ineligible company

The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation. 

Speakers / Moderators / Discussants / Authors

Elizabeth (Libby) Grubbs, MD, FACS - Researcher at Eli Lily and Exelixis, Institution receives grant funding

Tracy Wang, MD, FACS- Nothing to disclose

Julie McGill, MD, FACS- Nothing to disclose

David Hughes, MD, FACS- Nothing to disclose

Linwah Yip, MD, FACS- Nothing to disclose

Mark Zafereo, MD, FACS- Clinical trials principal investigator at Merck and Eli Lily, Institution receives grant finding

Planning Committee / Editorial Committee

Timothy Vreeland, MD, FACS- Consultant at Lumabridge, Hourly consulting fee

Amanda Francescatti, MS- Nothing to disclose

Elizabeth Funk, MSW- Nothing to disclose

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the key operative standards for thyroidectomy and lymphadenectomy endorsed by the American College of Surgeons Cancer Research Program and Cancer Surgery Standards Program.
  • Illustrate evidence-based rationale for these standards and how they impact patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate competence in the description of technical aspects of the operative standards.
  • Apply insight into contemporary thyroid cancer management.


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  • For questions about the content of the course, please contact cssp@facs.og.
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Target Audience

This webinar will be applicable to general surgeons, surgical oncologists, otolaryngologists, and trainees with an interest in thyroid cancer surgery.

CME Accreditation

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1.5 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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CME Credit Claiming Information

All learners must complete the course evaluation in order to claim a CME Certificate.  Participants may only claim a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.