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ACS Program Updates, Resources and Announcements

Get Ready to Register for Clinical Congress 2021 in July

The virtual ACS Clinical Congress 2021 is coming October 23–27, and registration is planned to open in July. Plan now to participate in this year’s conference.

Building on the success of last year’s first virtual Clinical Congress, we are confident we can again 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 this year’s theme, “Resilience in the Pursuit of Excellence.” Preparations are well under way 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 soon. Make sure to check the Clinical Congress 2021 website regularly for updates and get ready to register in July.

Register Today for the 2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference

Health care professionals dedicated to raising the bar on the quality of surgical care and patient safety are invited to attend the ACS 2021 Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL, July 12–16. The conference is being offered free of charge this year to encourage worldwide participation. Registration for the conference is open; sign up today!

Attendees will appreciate a combination of on-demand content and live sessions. The on-demand sessions will be released at the start of the conference to allow attendees to peruse topics of interest and view presentations at their own pace. The other portion of the agenda will lend itself to live presentations, panel discussions, and interactive question-and-answer sessions that will allow attendees to engage with speakers and moderators in real time.

The conference will include world-class experts on content centered around the following ACS Quality Programs:

  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
  • ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program
  • Children’s Surgery Verification Program
  • Geriatric Surgery Verification Program
  • ACS Quality Verification Program
  • Cancer

Back by popular demand is The Basics of Quality Improvement, an invaluable series of QI sessions. The sequence will guide participants through an overview; introduce them to key, basic principles; and explain how to perform a QI project from start to finish.

Additional topics and themes covered this year will include the following:

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Global health
  • Value improvement
  • Strong for Surgery
  • Emergency general surgery

The 2021 keynote speaker, chef Eduardo Garcia, will share his recovery journey after he was shocked with more than 2,400 volts of electricity in an accident. Mr. Garcia will explain how he remained steadfast in his road to recovery and rehabilitation after losing an arm in the near-death accident.

The conference also will hold virtual networking and engagement opportunities, ACS Quality Program “virtual booths,” and a Virtual Poster Gallery, among other features.

Visit the Quality and Safety Conference web page for more information and to register.

ACS Resident and Associate Society Seeks Applicants for Volunteer Positions

The ACS Resident and Associate Society is seeking applicants for volunteer positions. Most terms are three years and will begin in October 2021.

Successful candidates will understand the RAS through active participation on our projects, provide diversity and innovation of thought, have the capacity and willingness to contribute to the position's work, be able to serve a full three-year term and remain eligible for membership in RAS-ACS, and remain free from conflicts of interest in their volunteer work.

Read more about being a leader in the RAS-ACS.

Liaison Applications

Represent the RAS-ACS on a standing ACS Committee, Advisory Council, or Board of Governor workgroup. Successful applicants will have an active interest in RAS and its activities.

Submit your application.

RAS-ACS Executive Secretary Application

RAS-ACS leaders actively involved in a current or previous leadership position within RAS-ACS or an ACS chapter are encouraged to apply for the RAS-ACS Executive Committee Secretary position.

Read more about position duties and apply today.

All applications are due by June 15. If you have any questions, contact Alison Powers at RASnews@facs.org

How to Prepare a Winning Liaison Application Hangout

If you are interested in applying for a Liaison position to an ACS standing committee on behalf of the RAS-ACS, join a 30-minute overview of what to include in your application to make it stand out. Leaders will talk about Resident Member and Associate Fellow opportunities.

Join Raphael Sun, MD, Chair, Executive Committee, RAS-ACS, and Ivy Haskins, MD, lead, Associate Fellow Committee Subcommittee on Professional Development, for this interactive discussion 7:00 pm CDT June 7.

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive information about logging in the night of the event.

ACS Young Fellows Association Seeks Applicants for Volunteer Positions

The ACS Young Fellows Association is seeking applicants for volunteer positions. Most terms are three years and will begin in October 2021.

Successful candidates will understand the YFA through active participation in our projects, provide diversity and innovation of thought, have the capacity and willingness to contribute to the position's work, be able to serve a full three-year term and remain eligible for membership in the YFA, and remain free from conflicts of interest in their volunteer work.

Read more about being a leader in the YFA.

Liaison Applications

Represent the YFA to a standing ACS Committee, Advisory Council or Board of Governors workgroup. Successful applicants will have an active interest in the YFA and its activities.

Submit your application.

Governing Council Members

YFA members actively involved in a current or previous leadership position within YFA are encouraged to apply for the one of two open Governing Council positions of the YFA.

Submit your application.

All applications are due by June 15. If you have any questions, contact Alison Powers at Yfellows@facs.org.

How to Prepare a Winning Liaison Application Hangout

If you are interested in applying for a liaison position to an ACS standing committee on behalf of the YFA, join a 30-minute overview of what to include in your application to make it stand out.

Cindy Talley, MD, FACS, Chair, YFA Membership Workgroup, will lead this interactive discussion 6:00 pm CDT June 9.

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting.

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Division Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery Faculty, Section Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Surgical Intensivist

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