American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes


Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRSOn behalf of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), it is my pleasure to invite you to the 2022 ACS Quality and Safety Conference (QSC), taking place in the ACS’ home city of Chicago! After being virtual for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are happy to be back in person this year and will meet in a safe and responsible manner. The ACS QSC is the premier forum to learn the latest about quality and safety initiatives and best practices that you can take home to implement in your institutions. We are thrilled for you to join us!

The ACS was founded in 1913 with a mission to improve the care of surgical patients and to safeguard standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment. This conference fits in well with our mission and is designed for anyone working to improve surgical quality and safety, with the overall goal of treating all patients with skill and trust.

Sessions at this year’s conference will include content from the many established ACS Quality Programs—including ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSQIP), Children’s Surgery Verification, and Geriatric Surgery Verification and Cancer—and from new ACS programs such as the Quality Verification Program (QVP). General sessions will focus on leadership and standardization in the quality and safety setting, as well as a session to celebrate the 100-year anniversaries of the ACS Committee on Trauma and the Commission on Cancer.

In addition, this year we are happy to offer an in-person Quality Improvement (QI) Basics Workshop—an all-day in-person course to teach you QI principles and provide you with the tools to help implement and track initiatives in your institution. Workshop attendees will also receive access to the online course to reference after the workshop.

One of the things we have missed most over the past 2 years is being able to meet with each other and reminisce with colleagues and meet new friends. We are happy to be able to host 3 networking opportunities this year. On Friday evening, there will be a Welcome Reception where attendees will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the fun atmosphere. Saturday night feature Program Socials, where participants in various ACS quality programs will have the opportunity to meet up, and those interested in our programs can learn from others. On Sunday evening we will feature another networking event, Mix and Mingle, for attendees to touch base with one another.

While we always include conference content to prioritize quality and safety, as we gather this summer, we also will prioritize quality and especially safety with regard to COVID-19. Currently, the restrictions are lessening, and we hope that continues. For when we meet in July, we will prioritize COVID-19 safety in accordance with restrictions and guidelines appropriate to the time and conditions.

We are excited to welcome you to this year’s conference and hope you will continue to find it to be a rewarding, enjoyable, educational, and inspiring!

Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS
Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care