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Bulletin of the History and Archives Committee

The History and Archives Committee (HAC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) sponsors an annual poster competition, one of the group's most successful projects. Held at the annual Clinical Congress of the ACS, the session features the scholarly work of students, residents, and Fellows on a wide range of historical topics related to the field of surgery.

In 2016 and 2017 the HAC (formerly the Surgical History Group) agreed that presenters' scholarship deserved wider distribution in a more permanent format than posters on bulletin boards. All poster session participants were invited to submit their work in written form for a collection of articles available for the study and enjoyment of the members of the ACS and the public interested in the history of surgery. This collection was published for two years as the Bulletin of the Surgical History Group.

2017 2016


Beginning in 2018, the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons began giving two poster presenters the opportunity to publish an article based on their poster. Those articles can be found on the Bulletin website.