Conferences Upcoming:

If a Conference or CME Course is not listed here, please send an email to JJ Glover.

15th Annual Bariatric Education Days: An Integrated Approach to Treating Obesity

15th Annual Bariatric Education Days: An Integrated Approach to Treating Obesity

May 23rd-24th, 2019

As part of our commitment to region-wide education, we are organizing the 15th Annual Bariatric Education Days event, which will take place May 23-24, 2019. Early registration and more information can be found on the Continuing Professional Development website.

Transplant Immunosuppression 2019: Hot Topics

Transplant Immunosuppression 2019: Hot Topics

September 18-21, 2019

The course will focus on current options for immunosuppression (and what’s in the pipeline), with particular attention to individualization of immunosuppression based on clinical and/or laboratory parameters; prevention, diagnosis and treatment of antibody-mediated rejection; improving long-term transplant outcomes; and major issues in transplant-related infectious disease, living donation, and patient-centered care.

Presented by the Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Continuing Medical Education, University of Minnesota

Go to Transplant Immunosuppression Conference Main Page

Principles of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Principles of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Save the Date: November 15-16, 2019

McNamara Alumni Center

Event Page

For more information, contact Erin Brudvik at

2018 Course Resources:

2018 Final Program

2018 Course Videos

Past Conferences:

Earl E Bakken Surgical Device Symposium 2018

Earl E Bakken Surgical Device Symposium 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Surgery hosts an annual symposium to highlight critical information about cutting-edge medical devices and therapies that surgeons and health care professionals need to stay up to date in their specialty.

Each year we assemble a program of noted clinical experts and key industry professionals to discuss the chosen medical device and/or therapy. Additionally, participants can register for CME credits.

Bakken Symposium Page

Celebrating 50 Years of Pancreas Transplantation: Discovery, Innovation, and Advancement

Celebrating 50 Years of Pancreas Transplantation: Discovery, Innovation, and Advancement

Honoring pioneers and celebrating 50 years of achievements since the first pancreas transplant.  The first pancreas transplant patient, a young woman with advanced diabetic complications, immediately became normoglycemic and insulin-independent.  The transplant was performed on December 16-17, 1966 by Drs. William D. Kelly and Richard C. Lillehei.  Since then, over 30,000 pancreas transplants have been performed worldwide benefiting seriously ill diabetic patients with to without kidney failure.

John S. Najarian Lecture Panel Speakers:
  • Jean-Michel (Max) Dubernard, MD,  University of Lyon, France
  • Frederick Merkel, MD, Loyola University and Rush University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Hans W. Sollinger, MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  • David E.R. Sutherland, MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

A block of rooms has been reserved at the adjacent Commons Hotel at the rate of $153/night. Please use the following link to reserve your room or call 800-822-6757 (MPLS) and ask for the 50th Anniversary of the Pancreas Transplant.

Registration and more info:

No registration is necessary for the John S. Najarian Lecture Panel and reception. There is a dinner to follow, which is by invitation only. Please contact Erin at or 612-625-9798 with any questions about the days events.

Fundamental Critical Care Support

Fundamental Critical Care Support

November 16th-17th
Simulation Center
B-193 Phillips-Wangensteen Building
516 Delaware Street SE, MMC261
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The critical care team is crucial to improved patient care and outcomes in the intensive care unit. Critical care is a multidisciplinary practice with important roles for the entire team. In many locations the critical care team is comprised of practitioners with no additional training in critical care. This Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course is designed for the entire team and will review the basic tenets of quality critical care practice including the standardization of care and evidence-based medicine.

Course Directors:

Melissa Brunsvold, MD, FACS
University of Minnesota Health
Critical Care Surgeon
Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program, University of Minnesota
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency, University of Minnesota

Hot Topics in Aesthetic Dermatology and Surgery

Hot Topics in Aesthetic Dermatology and Surgery

Friday, April 20th, 2018
DoubleTree Minneapolis - University Area

This conference is ideal for dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons and other physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and other interested healthcare professionals.

Key Topics

  • Lasers and Lights: Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology Overlap
  • Injectable Fillers and Neurotoxins
  • Evidence-Based Cosmeceutical Review
  • Aesthetic Pearls for Skin of Color  
  • Gender Dysphoria and Management
  • Cutaneous Surgical Pearls for the Aesthetic Patient 
  • Integration of Plastic Surgery
  • The Use of Platelet Rich Plasma in Alopecia

Keynote Presenter

Neil Sadick, MD
"Managing the Cosmetic Patient with Injectables and Cosmeceuticals in 2018"

Educational Objectives

Following completion of this activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Identify examples of appropriate referral from dermatology to plastic surgery.
  • Identify cosmetic procedures which work best for patients with skin of color.
  • Review and describe available data on PRP.
  • Explain aesthetic topicals and injectables and when they are best recommended to patients.

Provided by

University of Minnesota Medical School


Ronda Farah, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology
University of Minnesota

Umar Choudry, MD
Associate Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of Minnesota

For CME Information and Registration