Donald Guthrie Visiting Professor Program

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 | 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The Club at Shepard Hills

17 Chemung Street
Waverly, NY 14892

“Learning From Our Past: The Historical Context of Current Issues and the Future Solutions in Surgery Education” 

Conference Description 

Dr. GuthrieDonald Guthrie was one of the 13 founding members of the American Board of Surgery. He also established the Guthrie Clinic and the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital surgical residency program, one of the oldest surgical residency programs in the country. To continue Dr. Guthrie’s commitment to excellence in education, the Donald Guthrie Foundation provides the support for this lecture series. 

The Donald Guthrie Visiting Professor Program is intended to bring renowned physicians to the Twin Tiers of New York and Pennsylvania for the purposes of education and intellectual exchange. This program will offer a unique opportunity for all health care disciplines to create a “learning community” and focus on clinically relevant topics that are designed to improve knowledge, skill, attitude, behaviors, and the clinical outcomes for patients. 

Intended Audience 

This program is intended for: physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, fellows, residents, medical/nursing students, and other healthcare professionals. 

Conference Objectives 

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to: 

  1. Review medical and surgery education history in the United States.
  2. Discuss current surgery education issues within this historical context.
  3. Debate next steps to try to avoid historical errors and mistakes.

Guest Speaker  

Dr. Roy Phitayakorn
Dr. Roy Phitayakorn

Dr. Roy Phitayakorn completed his residency training in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University in 2009 and completed an endocrine surgery fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2011.  Dr. Phitayakorn is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School with a practice in general surgery and endocrine surgery at the main campus of the Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dr. Phitayakorn is also the MGH Department of Surgery Director of Medical Student Education and Surgical Education Research and the Co-Director of the American College of Surgeons-accredited MGH Surgery Education Research and Simulation Fellowship program. 

Dr. Phitayakorn has a Master’s degree in Medical Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago (MHPE).  His MHPE thesis won the best thesis award in 2007 and best presentation at the 2008 MHPE medical education conference.  Dr. Phitayakorn was the first Surgical Simulation Fellow at the MGH Learning Laboratory and completed a certificate in simulation-based teaching from the MGH Institutes of Health Professions in 2011. 

Dr. Phitayakorn is an external examination consultant for the American Board of Surgery and develops medical education content for the American College of Surgeons.  Dr. Phitayakorn is also a faculty member for several national medical education courses and institutions including the Harvard Macy Institute, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgeons as Educators course, the Institute of Medical Simulation, the ACS Surgical Education Principles and Practice course, and the ACS Certificate in Applied Surgical Education Leadership. 


Minimum and maximum numbers for attendance at this event have been established and we reserve the right to substitute speakers/topics or cancel if necessary. By attending this event, you grant The Guthrie Clinic Office of CME the right to record, film, photograph, or capture your likeness in any media and to distribute, broadcast, use, or otherwise disseminate, in perpetuity, such media without any further approval from or any payment to you. 

The Guthrie Clinic CME Vision 

To Enable Health Professionals to Provide and Achieve the Best Preventive and Comprehensive Care… Whole Community, All the Time. 

Accreditation Statement 

“The Guthrie Clinic is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.” 

Designation Statement 

“The Guthrie Clinic designates this live activity for a maximum of (1.0) AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.” 

Faculty Disclosure 

The Guthrie Clinic adheres to the ACCME® Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. 

“Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing medical education activities sponsored by The Guthrie Clinic are expected to disclose to the audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).” The presenting faculty/planning committee for this educational activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. 

Have a question? Contact our staff! 

Trish Stern, Director, System CME
Phone: 570-887-5762