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Save the date: ACS Quality and Safety Conference convenes in Washington, DC, July 19-22

National medical conference will provide a professional forum on the most recent national and local quality and safety initiatives in the field of surgery.

CHICAGO (March 20, 2019): Surgical team members, clinical registry experts, and allied and administrative health care professionals who are dedicated to raising the bar on the quality of surgical care and patient safety are invited to attend the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2019 Quality and Safety Conference. The conference will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, July 19-22, 2019.

“The ACS Quality and Safety Conference is likely the leading conference dedicated to surgical quality and safety. It is designed for any and all who are working to achieve better care and outcomes for the surgical patient,” said Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care.

Sessions at this year’s conference will include content from the many established ACS Quality Programs, including Cancer, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), and Children’s Surgery. There will also be additional tracks and sessions for those interested in Quality Improvement (QI) Principles and Tools, the Geriatric Surgery Verification Program (to be unveiled for the first time at the 2019 Conference), and a list of important and emerging topics including:

  • Value Improvement
  • Bundled Care
  • Global Health
  • Change Management
  • Leadership Principles
  • Team Dynamics
  • Strong for Surgery
  • Enhanced Recovery
  • Emergency General Surgery
  • Transplantation
  • New ACS Quality Programs

The theme, “Putting our Patients First,” will set the tone for the conference, as presenters and organizers strive to:

  • Provide a professional forum to discuss and apply the most recent knowledge pertaining to national, international, and local quality and safety initiatives in the field of surgery
  • Present methods used to analyze data from ACS Quality Programs and demonstrate practical ways to use the data for quality improvement
  • Assist hospitals and providers in managing, analyzing, and interpreting data by providing education on proven methods that will empower hospitals and centers to make a positive impact at their facilities
  • Enhance the learning experience by offering breakout sessions that educate attendees on the topic areas of their choice and with consideration of their level of programmatic experience

This year’s keynote speaker, Rana L. Awdish, MD, is an intensive care physician at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich. She will share her amazing journey from near death to recovery as well as the passion she has for improving the patient experience. Her story includes her lessons learned from being both a physician and a patient, and how her experience as a patient shaped her approach as a provider.

“The amount of expertise, experience, and education for, and by, all who attend is invaluable. On top of meaningful scheduled presentations the conference offers several networking opportunities with attendees who are already successfully achieving improvement in their local practices,” said Dr. Ko.  “The abilities to learn and share are key components to this conference. I, for one, come away every year truly inspired.”

Further details about the conference and the College’s quality programs can be viewed online.

In addition, hotel accommodations can be secured online. For details on making reservations at the special conference rate that expires on June 17, visit the Hotel Accommodations web page.

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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit