American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Leadership & Advocacy Summit

The ACS 2021 Leadership & Advocacy Summit was held virtually, May 15–17. The Summit offered comprehensive and specialized sessions to provide ACS members, leaders, and advocates with topics focused on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated virtual visits to Congressional offices.

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Leadership Summit

The Leadership Summit offered compelling speakers addressing key topics in surgical leadership. Featured topics included:

  • Implementing impactful ideas in care delivery
  • Empowering early-career surgeons to reach their full potential
  • Helping your team manage moral injury though COVID-19 and beyond
  • Stumbling into authentic leadership
  • Cultivating high-performing teams
  • ACS Chapter success stories

The virtual Leadership Summit is open to all ACS members and non-members, both in the United States and internationally. 

Download the full Leadership Summit agenda with session titles and speakers.

The Leadership Summit is designated for 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Advocacy Summit

The Advocacy Summit highlighted legislative priorities the College is pursuing on your behalf, and assisted ACS members to develop their advocacy skills, learn about legislative and health policy priorities, and participate in virtual advocacy meetings with members of Congress and their staffs.

The virtual Advocacy Summit Program is open to all ACS members and non-members in the United States. The content is not applicable to international registrants. Only active ACS members and Chapter Administrators in the United States were eligible to attend the virtual congressional visits on Monday, May 17. 

No CME credits will be offered for the Advocacy Summit.


For information on the Leadership Summit, please contact Brian Frankel at or 312-202-5361.

For information on the Advocacy Summit, please contact Maggie Draughn at or 202-534-0192.