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About Clinical Congress

ACS Clinical Congress


The Clinical Congress is a scientific and educational meeting that shall be held at the time and place of the Annual Business Meeting of the Members, and shall include the Convocation (Bylaws, American College of Surgeons [ACS], Article VIII, Section 3).

The purpose of the Clinical Congress is to keep ACS Members and interested non-Fellow physicians abreast of the current status of the art and science of surgery. To accomplish its purpose, the Clinical Congress offers a highly diversified program of continuing education in all specialties of surgery and in important fields of science, socioeconomics, and medical education. It holds the preeminent place among all College activities designed to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the care of the surgical patient.

The entire program presented at this meeting includes physicians drawn from various specialties. The sessions are designed to present a variety of viewpoints on matters of particular interest to those for whom the session is primarily intended and to stress the need for understanding and cooperation among the specialties.

CME Credit


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 47.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Additional Information

Key to Session/Course Codes


Didactic/Experiential Course


Meet-the-Expert Luncheon


Named Lecture


Poster Presentations


Panel Session


Scientific Forum


Special Interest Session


Special Sessions


Surgical Skills Course


Town Hall Meeting


Video-Based Session

Cancellation of Sessions

The American College of Surgeons reserves the right to cancel any of the scientific sessions listed in the  Program Planner and on the Clinical Congress website. Continue to check the College’s website for updates.

Friends of Bill W.

Friends of Bill W will meet Monday, October 17 through Wednesday, October 19, 7:00–8:30 pm at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC.

Lost and FoundLost and Found

Lost-and-found areas will be located in the ACS Convention Office at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC and in the Convention and Exhibit Office in the lower level of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Hall A. People looking for or who have found lost items should contact one of these offices.

InfoHelp and Information Center

Portable Help and Information Centers will be located throughout the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and will be available during registration hours. Assistance with general information, travel, housing, and local information will be available.

Prayer Room

A prayer room will be available at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during the meeting and open during registration hours. Room location will be indicated in the Program Book distributed at the meeting.

Nursing Mothers' RoomNursing Mother’s Room

A nursing mothers’ room will be available during the meeting. The room location will be indicated in the Program Book distributed at the meeting.