Continuing Education Credit Information

Course Description

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s 10th Annual Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (AWR) conference is a comprehensive two-day symposium focusing on all aspects of abdominal wall reconstruction through didactic lectures with video education, case presentations, symposia, and a hands-on cadaver lab with the faculty. The expert internationally-renowned faculty are a diverse group chosen from the disciplines of general and plastic surgery, based upon their ongoing contributions to the field. The extensive agenda will provide an interactive environment for attendees to receive an in-depth understanding of the complexity of abdominal wall reconstruction and is appropriate for general surgeons, plastic surgeons, and trauma surgeons.

Target Audience

This conference is designed to be a multidisciplinary program and is intended for a wide range of medical practitioners who are interested in the latest information regarding the treatment of abdominal wall reconstruction. The program is purposely targeted towards general, plastic and trauma surgeons, wound care specialists, residents, fellows, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team interested in abdominal wall reconstruction.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify why preoperative preparation is necessary for optimizing patient outcomes.

  • Compare and contrast biologic and synthetic mesh.

  • Utilize advanced laparoscopic techniques for optimal patient outcomes.

  • Reduce the incidence of surgical site infections.

  • Implement the robotic platform for hernia repair.

  • Identify the indications for biologic, synthetic, bioabsorbable mesh.

  • Utilize advanced abdominal wall reconstruction techniques to improve patient outcomes.

  • Recognize the value of plastic surgery techniques for advanced abdominal wall reconstruction.

  • Manage entero-cutaneous fistulas in the setting of a hernia.

  • Implement appropriate treatment options for infected abdominal wall mesh.

  • Recognize the optimal management of skin and soft tissue during hernia repair.

  • Implement enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) after hernia repair.


In support of improving patient care, MedStar Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation

IPCE_Credit_Logo_012017.pngThis activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 16.5 Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.


Disclosure of Financial Relationships with Any Commercial Interest

As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), it is the policy of MedStar Health to require that everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest prior to the educational activity.

The Joint Accreditation considers relationships of the person involved in the CE activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner. Any individual who refuses to disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from participating in the CE activity.


This continuing medical education activity is supported by unrestricted educational grants and exhibitor & commercial support from contributing organizations, each of which will be identified in course materials at the conference.