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ACS Program Updates, Resources and Announcements

2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL Starts in Less than Two Weeks: Register Today!

Register today for the ACS Quality and Safety Conference2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL, July 12–16, has much to offer live and on-demand this year, and it begins in less than two weeks. Register for free 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. Download the agenda and start planning your conference experience.

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

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. Watch the Keynote Address today!

The conference also will hold virtual networking and engagement opportunities, among other unique features.

Visit the Quality and Safety Conference web page regularly before the conference begins for more updates on claiming CME, the ePoster gallery, and more. We look forward to seeing you at the conference July 12–16!

Deadline Extended for CoC Paper Competition

Commission on CancerThe Commission on Cancer (CoC) has extended the deadline for the annual Research Paper Competition for physicians-in-training to July 9. This year, papers can be submitted under one of two categories: clinical research or basic science. Judging is based on originality, scientific merit, and clinical relevance to oncology and the mission of the CoC. The first-place winners will receive a $1,000 honorarium plus an opportunity to present the research at the CoC’s Plenary Session in October 2021. Second- and third-place winners will each receive $500 cash.

More information on eligibility, requirements, and awards is available on the CoC website.

Lessons and Strategies in DEI: Participate in Two AIS Channel Programs in July

Successfully implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives within a health care setting have demonstrably proven to improve operational performance and patient surgical outcomes.

AIS Channel will offer two programs in July focusing on lessons and strategies for DEI, with participation from several leaders of the ACS. In Strategies for Successful Pathways to DEI, 8:00 am Eastern time July 15, experts who have worked in DEI will share the formulas they have used to embrace and promote change. Visit the website at to register.

The program and faculty are as follows:

  • DEI mentorships from students to senior surgeons – Barbara L. Bass, MD, FACS, MD, FACS, FRCS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), dean, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science, Washington, DC; and ACS Past-President
  • Creating advocacy to optimize career advancementMary T. Hawn, MD, MPH, FACS, Stanford Medicine Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Stanford University, CA
  • Addressing Implicit Bias in Residency/Fellowship Programs: Strategies for SuccessErica Taylor, MD, founder and chief executive officer of the Orthopaedic Diversity Leadership Consortium; assistant professor and vice-chair of diversity, Duke University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Durham, NC; and Duke Health Private Diagnostic Clinic Associate Chief Medical Officer of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Contribution of younger surgeons to DEIRaphael Sun, MD, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS)
  • Recognizing DEI in the Royal CollegesNeil Mortensen, MBChB, MD, MA, FRCSEng, FRCPSGlasg(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FACS(Hon), President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Achieving diversity in product developmentAhmet Tezel, PhD, director, diversity & inclusion in clinical trials, worldwide vice-president, Research and Development, Johnson & Johnson Institute, Bridgewater, NJ
  • Discussion – All faculty moderated by Steven Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), director, Digestive Disease Institute, and chair, department of colorectal surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, and Vice-Chair, ACS Board of Regents; and Patricia Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, director, ACS Division of Member Services

Also make sure to read more about the July 8 program, Strategies for Pathways to DEI, described in last week’s Bulletin Brief.

ACS Young Fellows Association Seeks Applicants for Volunteer PositionsDeadline Extended to June 30

Young Fellows AssociationThe 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 deadline for applications has been extended to June 30. If you have questions, contact Alison Powers at

Apply for Young Fellows Association Annual Mentorship Team Program by July 15

The Young Fellows Association (YFA) of the ACS is seeking applications from Fellows of the College who would like to apply for the yearlong YFA Mentorship Program.

Mentoring teams are made up of the following three people:

  • Early career surgeon: An Associate Fellow (an ACS member out of training, but not yet a Fellow) or a young fellow in practice less than five years, who traditionally will serve as a mentee in this triad relationship
  • Mid-level career surgeon: A Young Fellow (an ACS Fellow under the age of 45) who might serve as a mentor to the early career surgeon and a mentee alongside an advanced professional
  • Advanced professional: An ACS Fellow who holds a leadership position within the ACS or an ACS Fellow who has been practicing for more than 10 years

The mentorship relationship will extend from October 2021 through October 2022.

We are seeking both mentors and mentees. Visit the YFA Mentorship web page for more details and to access links to the Mentor and Mentee applications. Applications are due July 15.

Questions can be directed to Alison Powers

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Vascular Surgeon, General Surgeon, and more

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