PROS Conference

Join surgeons of all specialties at the inaugural Patient-Reported Outcomes in Surgery Conference!

January 29–30, 2015 | Washington, DC 

Understanding the patient perspective on surgical outcomes and experiences

Register by fax ► (All Registrants)
Register by phone
between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST: 800-766-4955

This one and a half day conference will include presentations by world-renowned quality-of-life researchers, surgeons involved in PRO measurement, patient advocates, payers, device industry representatives and regulators. Each panel will be followed by a discussion period that will engage stakeholders in thought-provoking dialogue. The meeting will conclude with a Mentoring Luncheon for faculty and trainees (surgical residents and junior quality of life researchers) to solidify the establishment of cross-disciplinary training relationships.

Shape the future of PROs in all types of surgery! Together, we can:

  • Identify issues with current PRO measurement
  • Prioritize research goals
  • Create new reporting mechanisms
  • Discuss strategies to make PRO data more accessible and useable to clinicians, patients and payers

View the 2015 Program ►


20 F Street NW Conference Center
20 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-6701


December 1, 2014: Early-registration discount ends
Deadline for 100% refund (less $25 processing fee)
December 29, 2014: Hotel discount ends
January 16, 2015: Advance registration closes
Deadline for 50% refund (less $25 processing fee)


Register by fax ► (All Registrants)
Register by phone
between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CST): 800-766-4955

ASPS Member Registration ►


On or Before
MD $400 $500
(PhD, MPH, MS, etc.)
$325 $425
Resident/Fellow $250 $300


The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Group rate: $199 per night*
Group rate deadline: Monday, December 29, 2014
Group rate code: The Plastic Surgery Foundation
Reservations: 866-233-4642

*Group rate is for single or double occupancy. An additional nightly charge of $20 per person for every third or fourth person. Taxes and additional fees may apply. Deposit and cancellation penalties may apply, so please ask for these details when making your reservations. This rate is also being offered up to three days prior to and three days following the meeting based on availability.

Local Transportation

The Liaison Capitol Hill is located approx. 5 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and approx. 30 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport.

Taxis at Reagan Washington National Airport are available and will cost approximately $15–20 each way. Taxis at Washington Dulles International Airport are available and will cost approximately $75-$80 one-way.

Intended Audience
This program is intended for surgeons of all specialties who are interested in learning national and international best practices for patient-reported outcome (PRO) measurement in clinical care and outcomes research.

Learning Objectives
To develop strategies for making surgical PRO research data more accessible and interpretable to clinicians, patients and payers to improve the quality of healthcare
To discuss and develop consensus around methodological issues related to PRO measurement in surgery including newer psychometric methods such as Rasch Measurement Theory and Item-Response Theory
To formulate a research agenda for PRO measurement in surgery and identify strategies and mechanisms to study issues deemed most important and timely
To foster relationships between surgeons (represented by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) and the quality of life research community-represented by the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL)

This meeting will address the following ACGME/ABMS competencies:
Systems based practice
Practice based learning and improvement
Interpersonal and communication skills

This event is sponsored by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS ®) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) requires all faculty, authors, planners, reviewers, managers, and other individuals in a position to control or influence the content of an activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships or affiliations. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved and the educational content thoroughly vetted by ASPS for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. The ASPS also requires faculty/authors to disclose when off-label/unapproved uses of product are discussed in a CME activity or included in related materials.

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by 1 R13 HS023357-01 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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