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Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Leadership and Advocacy Summit 2017

More than 450 surgeons and residents participated in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Leadership Summit held May 6–7. The Leadership portion of the Leadership & Advocacy Summit included a series of presentations that provided practical, take-home tips on how to be a better leader. Presentations covered such diverse leadership topics as how to handle difficult conversations, manage difficult people, and lead from behind; how it’s not all about you, and leading by example; volunteering in your own backyard; avoiding burnout and promoting resilience; preparing for leadership positions in medicine; and successfully addressing critical situations in the operating room. 

More than 300 surgeons and residents participated in the ACS Advocacy Summit, May 7−9. Participants in the Advocacy portion of the ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit came to Washington primarily to meet with lawmakers and congressional staff to educate them about key ACS legislative priorities that affect surgical patients, including ensuring an adequate surgical workforce in underserved areas; advancing childhood cancer research and surveillance and providing resources for pediatric cancer survivors; allocating funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health care coverage to uninsured children from low-income families; improving liability protections for trauma care providers; and providing greater flexibility for providers during implementation of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). 

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ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2018

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Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2018

May 19–22, 2018
Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC


For information on the Leadership Summit, please contact Brian Frankel at or 312-202-5361.

For information on the Advocacy Summit, please contact Michael Carmody at or 202-672-1511.

Value of the Leadership and Advocacy Summit

Daniel Klaristenfeld, MD, FACS, talks about his first time attending the ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit and what he learned from his experience.

Sharing the Surgeon’s Voice

ACS is the voice of all surgeons across all specialties. If we aren’t advocating to inform policies that affect our practice and patient care, someone else will. Hear why it’s imperative for surgeons to get involved and influence the future of surgery.

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Cultivating Leaders

Cultivating the Surgeon Leaders of Tomorrow

Young surgeon leaders are the future of the profession. Hear how ACS helps surgeons foster leadership skills that can take their careers and patient care to the next level.

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