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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

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.

Affiliate Group Functions

Groups planning a social function or business meeting to be held in conjunction with the Clinical Congress 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 the ACS. For more information and to request function space, fill out the online request form or contact Carrie Ryan, Meetings Coordinator, ACS Convention and Meetings, at Space assignments are made on a first-come, first-processed basis. After the space request deadline of April 6, space is more limited and is assigned on an availability basis.

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 will be located in the ACS Convention Office at the Westin Boston Waterfront and in the Convention & Exhibits Office, Hall B1, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Those looking for or who have found lost items should contact one of these offices.

Prayer Room

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

Nursing Mothers’ Room

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