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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Preoperative Communication

Presenter Details
Photo of Margaret “Gretchen” Schwarze, MD, MPP, FACS
Margaret “Gretchen” Schwarze, MD, MPP, FACS
Associate Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery
University of Wisconsin

Dr. Schwarze is the Morgridge Professor in Vascular Surgery at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Schwarze is a board-certified vascular surgeon and medical ethicist. She is a nationally recognized expert in surgical decision-making, informed consent, advance directives and end-of-life care. Her research focuses on improving communication between older patients and their surgeons so that patients can avoid unwanted treatment and make decisions that align with their values, preferences and goals.

Dr. Schwarze received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1995, as well as a master's in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government that same year. She went on to complete a research fellowship at the Transplantation Biology Research Center in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as fellowships in vascular surgery and clinical medical ethics in at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Learning Objectives

Overall Series Objectives:

  • Incorporate into practice intraoperative teaching and feedback to improve operative performance
  • Incorporate cutting-edge surgical techniques and patient management strategies
  • Incorporate into practice results from recent randomized-controlled trials/studies
  • Communicate operative knowledge effectively to peers
CME Credit/Disclaimer

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement(s): All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

8:00 am to 9:00 am
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 8:00am


Tucson area
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
Room 5403
1501 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85724


Shane Keck
College of Medicine – Tucson
Department of Surgery
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