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COVID-19 Resource Center

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) COVID-19 Resource Center is an online resource for the surgical community facing the impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Content has been developed or curated under the auspices of ACS Regents and Officers to bring surgeons trusted information, including best practices and guidance that specifically target the concerns and challenges surgeons face.

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What Is Elective Surgery?

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, "elective surgery" often has been misunderstood to mean an operation that may not really be needed. Elective surgery is essential surgery. 

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As surgeons, having difficult conversations with our patients is part of the job. Now we need your help in starting a new conversation: speaking with your patients about being vaccinated against COVID-19.

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ACS is committed to the health and well-being of surgeons and the health care community. We offer tips, tools, and curated resources focused on well-being.

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The American College of Surgeons is committed to providing the surgical community with information that can guide quality care during the COVID-19 global health pandemic. College leadership and others review information before it is released. However, given the nature of the situation and how quickly the science is evolving, what is presently thought to be accurate may change. Information will be updated whenever possible.