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ACS Program Updates, Resources and Announcements

ACS Clinical Congress 2021 Will Be a Virtual Event: October 23–27

The ACS is encouraged by recent measures to reduce the incidence of COVID-19, but this positive trajectory may not yet be a predictable one. Therefore, this year’s ACS Clinical Congress will be a VIRTUAL event, taking place October 23–27. 

Building on the success of last year’s first virtual Clinical Congress, the College will offer a best-in-class educational event for all attendees, presenters and exhibitors. The program will focus on the latest advances in surgical science, practice and education, all celebrated under the theme of “Resilience in the Pursuit of Excellence.” 

Last year’s event embraced a digital approach that provided new opportunities for surgeons at all points of the globe, with 33,617 registrants from 162 countries. Plans are underway to present another robust five-day conference of educational offerings and guest lectures, along with our signature Opening Ceremony and Sunday evening Convocation—all of which will be remote activities. 

More information on programs, event registration and fees will be available as details become finalized in the weeks and months ahead. Watch for upcoming communications from the College, particularly if you will be presenting at this year’s meeting. In the meantime, visit the Clinical Congress web page, watch for our e-mail messages and check the weekly ACS Bulletin Brief for updates. 

Mark your calendars now and plan to join Clinical Congress 2021 VIRTUAL from the comfort and convenience of your home or office. Contact with questions.

Virtual 2021 ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit Starts Saturday—Register Today!

The virtual ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit starts, Saturday, May 15, and runs through Monday, May 17. Register today!

The Summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provide ACS members, leaders and advocates with the skills and tools necessary to be effective surgeon leaders. 

Leadership Summit

The Leadership Summit showcases compelling speakers addressing key topics in surgical leadership. During the Leadership Summit, attendees will learn new and innovative ways to face challenges and enhance their leadership skills, both in and out of the operating room. The Leadership Summit will take place 10:00 am–2:30 pm CDT, May 15.

Advocacy Summit

The Advocacy Summit will offer attendees the unique opportunity to gain insight and additional tools needed to become more knowledgeable and effective advocates for surgery. The Advocacy Summit will highlight legislative priorities the College is pursuing on your behalf. Attendees will hear presentations aimed at developing their advocacy skills, learn about legislative and health policy priorities and participate in virtual advocacy meetings with members of Congress and their staff. The Advocacy Summit will take place 10:00 am–4:00 pm CDT, May 16, and the virtual congressional visits will occur 8:00 am–3:30 pm CDT, May 17.

Register now!

For information on the Leadership Summit, contact Brian Frankel at or 312- 202-5361. For information on the Advocacy Summit, contact Maggie Draughn at or 202-534-0192.

Listen to the Podcast Corner: SurgOnc Today Discusses the ACS Cancer Surgery Standards Program

Podcast selections are curated by Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, and reviewed by the Bulletin Brief editorial board.

This week’s offering in the Podcast Corner features three segments in the podcast series, SurgOnc Today, created by the Society of Surgical Oncology. In this segment, the new and exciting synoptic cancer surgery standards developed by the ACS Cancer Surgery Standards Program are highlighted. This discussion is important for every surgeon performing cancer operations at ACS Commission on Cancer-accredited hospitals. We hope you enjoy listening and learning!

Listen to the podcast here!

ACS Introduces New Funding Opportunity for Surgeon Scientists

The ACS has announced the National Surgeon Scientist Program (NSSP), which provides competitive funding opportunities for faculty members within their first one-to-five years of appointment and whose research focus is on a cancer‐related disease and is basic or translational science research. The deadline to apply is June 15.

The purpose of this initial funding is to create a pilot developmental program for surgeon scientists that ultimately will develop into a broader and more comprehensive program. The future program will provide a cohort of academic surgeons with structured mentorship and professional development in order to increase the pipeline of successful, independent surgeon investigators. Strong consideration will be given to individuals who are in an academic research environment with documented departmental research support and whose projects are particularly innovative.

The full application requirements and application are online—submit by the June 15 deadline. For details, contact

ACS Women in Surgery Committee Seeks Mentors and Mentees for Mentorship Program

The ACS is seeking applications from women surgeons who would like to participate in the Women in Surgery Committee Mentorship Program. Applications are due Friday, May 14.

Applications are being accepted for both mentors and mentees. Participation as a mentee is an opportunity for early-career women surgeons to develop a mentoring relationship with established surgeons practicing in all the specialties represented within the ACS. Participation as a mentor is for established surgeons with 10 or more years in practice to share their knowledge, expertise and experience in professional and personal development. Applicants to the program must be ACS Fellows, Associate Fellows or currently in the process of applying for ACS Fellowship.

For more information on the program, participation requirements and to submit an application, visit the WiSC Mentorship Program webpage.

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Chief of Surgery, BC Vascular Surgeon, General Surgeon, and Surgery Program Director

With the ACS Surgery Career Connection, you can search more than 1,000 surgeon-specific positions and submit your application. The ACS Surgery Career Connection site is the premier resource to connect highly qualified surgeons with the best career opportunities across the country. Find your next career opportunity. Log on today!

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