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

Clinical Congress show floor

Join us October 22–26 in San Diego, CA, for education, networking, and the latest surgical innovation you won’t find anywhere else.

This year’s Clinical Congress offers outstanding educational opportunities for every stage in your career—all in one place. Claim up to 47.5 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits, earn Self-Assessment Credit for most sessions, and meet other regulatory requirements.


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.


The Clinical Congress is designed to provide individuals with a wide range of learning opportunities, activities, and experiences that will match their educational and professional development needs.


By the conclusion of Clinical Congress, participants should be able to:

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their surgical practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care

Scientific e-Poster Presentations

The Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum is proud to announce e-Poster presentations. More than 350 electronic posters showcasing timely, innovative information and findings on original scientific research, surgical procedures, practices, and approaches will be presented. There will be a dedicated room for e-Poster presentations and discussion with invited faculty.

Presentation schedule for e-Posters:

Monday, October 23: 9:45–11:15 am and 2:30–4:00 pm

Tuesday, October 24: 9:45–11:15 am and 2:30–4:00 pm

Wednesday, October 25: 9:45–11:15 am and 2:30–4:00 pm

Groups planning a social function or business meeting to be held in conjunction with Clinical Congress 2017 are required to obtain approval. If events are to be held at one of the participating venues/hotels, affiliate groups are required to secure event space through ACS. For more information and to request function space, use the online request form found at or contact Carrie Ryan, Meetings Coordinator, ACS Convention and Meetings, at Space assignments are made on a first-come, first-processed basis.

Friends of Bill W

Friends of Bill W

Friends of Bill W will meet 7:00–8:30 pm, Monday, October 23–Wednesday, October 25 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.