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Albucasis. Chirurgicorum … Strassburg: Johann Schott, 1532The ACS Surgical History Group (ACSSHG) was organized at a breakfast meeting at Clinical Congress 2013. The group was formed with the conviction that an awareness of how surgeons and surgery have evolved can add richness to our lives and serve as a guide to the future.

One of the group’s initial goals was to make surgical history an integral part of Clinical Congress by sponsoring events such as a poster competition, a breakfast presentation, and a panel session.

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Group Members

SHG Executive Committee Roster 2017–2018

ACS Archivist: Meghan P. Kennedy, MA, MSLIS

Annual SHG Breakfast Meeting


Full session with keynote address by David L. Nahrwold, MD, FACS presenting "The Impact of the College on Our Healthcare System"


Keynote address by John A. Weigelt, MD, DVM, FACS presenting History of the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP)

Bulletin of the Surgical History Group

The ACS Surgical History Group 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.

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SHG Education

The ACS Surgical History Group has compiled educational resources on the history of surgery that is specifically designed for medical students and residents in training. Resources include discussions, videos, presentations, and more.

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Poster Competition

Call for Abstracts Open

The 2019 History of Surgery poster session is now accepting abstracts! Visit the submission site for more information. Abstract submissions will be accepted from March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019.

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The Surgical History Group offers surgical history enthusiasts the opportunity to present on their subject of interest relating to the diseases, techniques, technology, events or personalities of particular importance to the field of surgery and its subspecialties. Beginning at Clinical Congress 2015, medical students, residents and Fellows have presented engaging posters focused on historical significance to the field of surgery. These have included medical discoveries, technology, techniques and treatment methods, events, and the personalities that shaped the field of surgery as we know it.

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