General Surgery In-Depth Review Seminar

2020 ACOS In-depth Review Seminar

April 22 - 25, 2020 
St. Louis, MO


ACOS will host the 2020 General Surgery In-Depth Review Seminar (IDR), April 22 – 25, 2020 in St. Louis, MO. 

2020 IDR Program Chairs, Jessica L. Bartock, D.O., and Annika C. Storey, D.O., with the support of the In-Depth Review Committee, are diligently working on this year's content in an effort to once again deliver a top-notch, comprehensive educational program.

The IDR is our annual board review course. In addition to earning valuable CME credit, the Seminar is designed to provide the general surgeon with an in-depth review on topics found on certifications exams. Past participants have found it to be a helpful experience in preparing for certification or re-certification examinations**.

Mock Oral Boards Workshop:
With the growing popularity of our Mock Oral Boards Workshop, the IDR will again offer this valuable optional session. During the complimentary workshop, physicians preparing to take their oral board exams will have the unique opportunity to participate in a simulation of taking their oral board exam. PLEASE NOTE: due to the popularity of this activity participants must preregister to guarantee a spot in this session. You must register for the IDR and select the option to participate in the Mock Oral Boards Workshop. Contact with questions about the Mock Oral Boards Workshop.

**ACOS will not guarantee results on any certification or recertification exams

"I would like to thank the college for offering this recent well-structured In Depth Review for the recertification exam. Hopefully, this will be offered more frequently as it is a good comprehensive coverage of major topics. Glad to say I passed my exam on first attempt. Kudos to the ACOS IDR committee for a job well done!"
--Robert Edwards, D.O. Attendee, 2018 ACOS General Surgery In-Depth Review

Tentative Schedule of Events
as of 21-Feb-2020
Program Chairs:
Annika C. Storey, D.O.
Jessica L. Bartock, D.O.

Date Start Time End Time Topic Speakers
Wednesday April 22 6:30 AM 5:00 PM Registration
8:00 8:45 Tips and Tricks for Passing the Oral Boards Benjamin A. Raymond, D.O., FACOS
9:00 12:00 Mock Oral Boards
12:00 1:00 Lunch
1:15 1:30 Welcome and Introductions
1:30 2:00 Newborn/Infant Surgical Emergencies Stephanie Jones, D.O.
2:00 2:30 Toddler/Child Surgical Emergencies Stephanie Jones, D.O.
2:30 3:00 Updates in Gynecological Surgery Lindsay Wardle, D.O.
3:00 3:30 Break
3:30 4:00 Bariatric Surgical Emergencies Jesse J. Lopez, Jr., D.O., FACOS
4:00 4:30 Evaluation & Management of Adrenal Tumors T.K. Pandian, M.D., M.P.H.
4:30 5:00 Evaluation & Management of MEN Syndromes T.K. Pandian, M.D., M.P.H.
Thursday April 23 6:30 AM 5:00 PM Registration
8:00 8:30 Anesthesia & Pain Management Coleen A. Vernick, D.O.
8:30 9:00 Ventilator Management & ARDS Annika C. Storey, D.O., FACOS
9:00 9:30 Fluids, Electrolytes, and Nutrition
9:30 10:15 Sepsis and Antibiotic Management David Lee Coffman, D.O.
10:15 10:45 Break
10:45 11:30 Shock and Resuscitation Nelayda Fonte, D.O., FACOS
11:30 12:00 Trauma Review I Anthony J. LaPorta, MD, FACS
12:00 12:30 Malignant Melanoma
12:30 1:30 Lunch
1:00 1:30 Breast 101 Roxane Weighall, D.O.
1:30 2:00 Breast Imaging Roxane Weighall, D.O.
2:00 2:30 Breast Cancer Work Up Hania B. Bednarski, D.O., FACOS
2:30 3:15 Breast Cancer Treatment & Reconstruction Hania B. Bednarski, D.O., FACOS
3:15 3:30 Break
3:30 4:00 Burn Injury
4:00 4:30 Trauma Review II
4:30 5:00 Thyroid Malignancy
5:00 5:30 Operative Indications & Challenges in Parathyroid Surgery Geeta Lal, MD, MSc, FACS
Friday April 24 6:30 AM 5:00 PM Registration
7:30 8:00 Benign Esophageal Disease
8:00 8:30 Workup & Surgery in Benign Esophageal Disease Omar Awais, D.O.
8:30 9:00 Esophageal Cancer Omar Awais, D.O.
9:00 9:30 Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine Tumors David S. Kermode, D.O., FACOS
9:30 10:00 Break
10:00 10:30 Gastric Cancer Jeremiah L. Deneve, D.O., FACS
10:30 11:00 GIST Jeremiah L. Deneve, D.O., FACS
11:00 11:30 Benign and Malignant Hepatic Tumors Nikolaos A. Dallas, MD, FACS
11:30 12:00 Screening & Treatment of Portal Hypertension Nikolaos A. Dallas, MD, FACS
12:00 1:00 Lunch
1:00 1:30 Inflammatory Bowel Disease James McCormick, D.O., FACS, FASCRS
1:30 2:00 Mesenteric Ischemia Christopher J. Esper, D.O., FACOS
2:00 2:30 Appendiceal Disease David S. Kermode, D.O., FACOS
2:30 3:00 Carcinoid David S. Kermode, D.O., FACOS
3:00 3:30 Break
3:30 4:15 Benign & Malignant Colon Disease & Polyposis Syndrome Scott Nelson, D.O.
4:15 4:45 Diagnosis and Treatment of Rectal Cancer Scott Nelson, D.O.
4:45 5:15 Benign and Malignant Anal Disease Scott Nelson, D.O.
Saturday April 25 6:30 AM 12:00 PM Registration
7:30 8:00 Benign Biliary Tree Conditions Pablo G. Guiseppucci, MD, FACS
8:00 8:30 Malignant Biliary Tree Conditions Jeremiah L. Deneve, D.O., FACS
8:30 9:00 Sarcoma Douglas Iddings, D.O., FACOS
9:00 9:30 Benign Pancreatic Disease Nikolaos A. Dallas, MD, FACS
9:30 10:00 Malignant Pancreatic Disease Pablo G. Guiseppucci, MD, FACS
10:00 10:30 Break
10:30 11:00 Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Christopher J. Esper, D.O., FACOS
11:00 11:30 Carotid Artery Disease & Treatment Christopher J. Esper, D.O., FACOS
11:30 12:00 Peripheral Vascular Disease Jon Henwood, D.O., FACOS
12:00 12:30 Diagnosis & Treatment of Venous Disease Jon Henwood, D.O., FACOS
12:30 12:45 Closing Statements and Adjourn

You may download this schedule by clicking here. 


Don't have an account with ACOS? Click here for a downloadable 2020 General Surgery In-depth Review registration form.

Travel Information


The 2020 General Surgery In-Depth Review Seminar will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch.  Stay at our host hotel and take advantage of all the benefits available to ACOS IDR attendees. In addition to a low group room rate, the generous amenities include:

  • Free Hot Breakfast – As a guest of the IDR host hotel, start every day with make-your-own Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, coffee and more. Free hot breakfast is served daily from 6–9:30 AM on weekdays and 7–10 AM on weekends.
  • Deluxe Guest Rooms – Deluxe room amenities include free Wi-Fi, TV, microwave, refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and coffee maker.
  • Free 5:30 Kickback® - From 5:30–7 PM every evening to enjoy free hot food and cold beverages at the hotel’s 5:30 Kickback®. Hotel guests will enjoy a menu of hot food, beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks.
  • Free Wi-Fi Throughout the Hotel – Stay connected while at the 2020 IDR from anywhere in the hotel – for free!
  • Free Soft Drinks and Popcorn – After a productive day of learning from our expert speakers stop by the lobby for free soft drinks and popcorn every evening.
  • On-Site Facilities - Take advantage of the business center, fitness center or pool while you’re away from home.

ACOS has negotiated discounted room rates for 2020 IDR delegates at our host hotel, the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch. Based on availability the group rate will be offered April 21 – 25, 2020. Please note, reservations are available on a strictly first come, first served basis.

The deadline to receive the group rate (based on availability) is Monday, March 30, 2020.


Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis  at the Arch
2 South 4th Street | St. Louis, MO 63102
314.231.3003 | Website

Room Rate:

Non-smoking Deluxe Guestroom


+state and local taxes


Booking your Hotel Room:

Online Reservations: Please click on the link provided below. This dedicated website is already pre-loaded with our group rate.

Reservation Link:         CLICK HERE to secure the group rate 2020 IDR           

Reservations by Phone: IDR registrants may also contact the Drury Hotels reservations line to book rooms. To ensure you are receiving the negotiated group rates, you must reference our group number.

Reservations Line: 800-325-0720

Please reference group number: 2402002  

We encourage all participants to reserve their hotel room now as space is limited, and the hotel is sure to fill up quickly!

Warning: The reservation methods listed on or communicated directly by the ACOS are the officially authorized methods of booking your room at the host hotel for the 2020 General Surgery In-depth Review Seminar. Please beware of fraudulent organizations offering rooms at a significant discount.  Attendees may be lured by highly attractive rates but could fall prey to imposters causing a loss of deposits, be charged hidden fees, or bait and switched to hotel rooms they never booked. Do not give them your credit card or personal information. These companies are in no way affiliated with the General Surgery In-depth Review Seminar and the ACOS.

More Information

The most up-to-date information about the 2020 General Surgery In-depth Review Seminar including lecture updates, speaker details and more can always be found by visiting this page or by contacting with any questions.

Thank you for your interest and we hope to meet you in St. Louis!   

Missed the 2019 IDR? Not able to make the spring IDR in St. Louis? You can still take advantage of this comprehensive Board Review!

All 51 sessions from the 2019 IDR were recorded and are available on-demand with unlimited viewing. Each session includes pre- and post-test questions from the instructors.

Eligible participants may be able to earn AOA Category 1-A credits by participating in these on-demand webinar recordings.

Click here for more information and access to the recordings. Registration fees will apply.