ACOS is dedicated to education. We are pleased to provide our members with the opportunity to learn and conveniently earn CME credits through our webinar series. As a benefit of your membership, members receive reduced rates to attend.

Upcoming Webinars

Comprehensive Management of Metastatic Spinal Tumors presented by: Omid Hariri, DO
Postponed Date Coming Soon!

*The ACOS will petition the AOA for (1) Category 1-A CME Credit 

Course Description:

Patients with metastatic spinal disease are affected by disabling pain. The treatment of spinal metastases is focused on pain reduction and improvement in quality of life. Until recently, many patients with metastatic spinal disease did not qualify as surgical candidates due to the risks of surgery and length of recovery period. However, recent advancements in minimally invasive surgery such as kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty allow patients to safely undergo surgery for pain relief with a short recovery period. Treatment of metastatic spinal disease is a multidisciplinary field, and often requires the input and assistance of surgeons from different subspecialties. Implementation of kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty in conjunction with other minimally invasive techniques as well as nonsurgical modalities may lead to the best palliative management of cancer patients with spinal metastases and help them ultimately achieve a better quality of life.

About the Presenter:
Dr. Omid Hariri is a neurosurgeon at Kaiser Permanente-Orange County. He studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience and his Master of Science Degree in Neurobiology. From UCLA he attended Western University of Health Sciences, where he earned his D.O. From Western University. Dr. Hariri completed his Neurosurgery residency at Riverside University Health System Medical Center. He then worked in the Level 1 Trauma Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center as an Attending Neurosurgeon. During this time he was also a Clinical Instructor and Complex Spine Fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

He is described by mentor Jason Lifshutz, Staff Neurosurgeon at Northwest Permanente P.C., as an “outstanding neurosurgeon and spine surgeon” who “will be national leader in the field.” We are thrilled to bring Dr. Hariri to our webinar program this month!

"Pediatric traumatic brain injury: knowledge update, and an introduction of a regional traumatic brain injury prevention program with ThinkFirst for your Baby" presented by: Tanya Minasian, D.O.
This webinar will be rescheduled. Be sure to check this page, the ACOS Facebook page, Twitter posts and your ACOS News for the rescheduled date of this topical webinar!

*The ACOS will petition the AOA for (1) Category 1-A CME Credit 

Recent Webinars

Pillars of Wealth Initiative: Unbiased Financial Literacy for Surgeons
Yuval Bar-Or, PhD, Assistant Professor Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

August 15, 2018 | 5:00 PM EDT

This is a complimentary webinar and is not CME eligible.

Course Description:

As the costs of medical school and training continue to rise, young surgeons often face debt burdens that make it difficult for them to start their careers and pay off their loans, according to a new study. “Young physicians are relentlessly pursued by financial product salespeople who often don’t have doctors’ best interests at heart.” This is a quote from Yuval Bar-Or, the Johns Hopkins professor who created the Pillars of Wealth financial literacy initiative, designed to teach medical professionals to make better financial decisions. This course is now offered to fellows, residents and staff physicians throughout the Johns Hopkins medical system.

ACOS is delighted to present an introduction to Professor Bar-Or’s “Pillars of Wealth” financial literacy initiative, free of charge, to our members. Please join us on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 5:00 PM EDT for an introduction to the course. Please note that this webinar provides a high level overview of the more comprehensive course, which covers topics ranging from financial planning and decision making to evaluating financial advisers and considerations when reviewing employment contracts.

About the Presenter:
Yuval Bar-Or, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) is an Assistant Professor on the practice track at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.  In 2014 he founded the Pillars of Wealth financial literacy initiative, aimed at equipping medical professionals with the knowledge to make better financial decisions for their families and medical practices. Prior to joining the Carey Business School, Dr. Bar-Or spent a decade in the private sector, holding increasingly senior roles at risk management industry leaders including San-Francisco based KMV and Algorithmics in New York City. He retired from the private sector as a Managing Director with executive responsibilities. Dr. Bar-Or is the author of several books and has been quoted in various media, including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, USA Today, The Baltimore Sun, US News & World Report, and Washingtonian magazine, among others.He has lectured extensively on the subjects of decision making, risk management, and financial literacy.

Achieve Osteopathic Recognition…Why and How? Presented by: Dr. Robert Cain, Chair and Dr. Valerie Sheridan, Member of the ACGME Osteopathic Recognition Committee
July 24, 2018 | 1:30 PM EDT

Course Description:

Osteopathic Recognition is a designation conferred by the ACGME’s Osteopathic Principles Committee upon ACGME-accredited programs that demonstrate, through a formal application process, the commitment to teaching and assessing Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) at the graduate medical education level.

This course will outline the importance of surgical sub-specialty programs achieving Osteopathic Recognition, including but not limited to:

  • Maintaining the osteopathic philosophy with the use of manipulation as appropriate for the surgical specialty (or any specialty).
  • Osteopathic recognition status encourages those interested individuals with a passion for a deeper understanding of manipulative medicine, especially as a 'DO' friendly program in the future.
  • Providing a higher quality of care to the patient with another 'tool/skill' to offer. Evidence shows that patients feel they are receiving better care when their physician gives them individualized attention and utilizes empathy and compassion with the appropriate 'touch factor' (holding their hand, etc.)

About the Presenters:
Valerie L. Sheridan, D.O., FACOS, former acute care surgicalist at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Maryland and former chief of surgery at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, Dr. Sheridan is also a former president of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. Dr. Sheridan has been a dedicated member of the College since she joined as a resident in 1993. Since that time, she has gone on to earn the prestigious Residency Achievement Award (Now known as the Resident Achievement Award) and participated on numerous committees including the Scientific Exhibits and Posters Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Nominating Committee, Adhoc Member Services Committee, General Surgery In-depth Review Committee, Investment Advisory Committee, Quality Initiatives Committee, and the Continuing Education Committee. Her dedication was further exemplified as she stepped up to the call to serve as a Governor to the General Surgery Discipline in 2005. She continued her service to the Board of Governors in 2008. Dr. Sheridan received her medical degree and completed her residency training at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was a chief of surgery at Mountain Vista Medical Center from 2008 – 2010 where she also served as a vice-chief of surgery from 2010 – 2014 and the general surgery residency program director 2012 – 2014.

Robert Cain, D.O., FACOI, is the Assistant Dean of Clinical Education with Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.