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About Clinical Congress and General Information


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

Photo/Video Release Statement

All persons attending American College of Surgeons events may be photographed or recorded, and the photos and recordings may be used for news, educational, marketing, or other purposes. Your registration for this event signifies your consent to this use.

Cancellation of Sessions

The American College of Surgeons reserves the right to cancel any of the scientific sessions listed in this Program Planner.

General Attendee Information

Friends of Bill W

Friends of Bill W will meet 7:00–8:30 pm, Monday–Wednesday, at the Westin Boston Waterfront, Paine Room.

Fire and Safety

The ACS complies with all local, state, and federal safety regulations. The ACS reserves the right to limit attendance in sessions deemed unsafe by local fire and safety officers. In keeping with municipal codes, smoking is prohibited in public meeting facilities. In case of emergency, dial 2222 from any white house telephone.

Help and Information Center

Portable Help and Information Centers will be located throughout at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and will be available during registration hours. Assistance with general information, travel, housing, and local information will be available.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found areas are located in the ACS Convention Office Faneuil, at the Westin Boston Waterfront and in the Convention and Exhibit Office at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall B1.

Prayer Room

A prayer room will be available during the meeting and will be located at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, on the Lower Level in Hall B1.

Lactation Room

The lactation room is located on the Meeting Level 2, Room 202. The hours of operation are as follows:

  • Sunday, October 21, 7:00 am–6:00 pm
  • Monday, October 22, 6:30 am–6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 am–6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 am–6:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 25, 7:00 am–5:00 pm

Speaker Ready Room

The Speaker Ready Room is located at the Boston Convention& Exhibition Center in Hall B1, Lower Level. Days and hours of operation are as follows:

  • Saturday, October 20 7:30 am–4:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 21 7:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Monday, October 22 6:30 am–6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 23 6:30 am–6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 24 6:30 am–6:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 25 6:30–11:00 am

It is requested that all speakers visit the Speaker Ready Room at least four hours in advance of their presentation time to verify the receipt of presentations. Speakers who have not submitted their presentations via the advance submission website or have audio and/or video clips must check in to ensure the proper loading and integrity of presentations.