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

2018 Call for Abstracts and Videos Now Open

PresentationOwen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum Submission

The Scientific Forum offers researchers the opportunity to present the results of their original, basic science, clinical, education, health sciences, and translational research. 

Who Should Submit an Abstract?

  • Surgeons and scientific investigators of all levels
  • Surgical residents
  • Medical students

What Should Be Submitted?

A 250-maximum word abstract that presents a concise summary of hypothesis-testing research—either completed or in progress—that has not been presented or previously published. Case reports will not be accepted and will be removed from the committee’s review. Revisions are not accepted after the deadline, including changes to the author/co-author order.

Accepted abstracts will be selected for ONE presentation:

  • An oral (8-minute PowerPoint presentation)
  • Quick shot (3-minute oral presentation)
  • e-Poster format (3-minute e-poster presentation)

Submitters should designate all presentation methods they wish to present their research if they are accepted.

Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018 5:00 pm (CST)

The committee does not accommodate or consider late abstract submissions. There is no "late-breaking" abstract deadline.

Notification will be sent in June 2017. The first author will be notified via e-mail. Co-authors will not be notified. Please make sure to add to your approved senders list.

Submit a Scientific Forum abstract


All accepted abstracts will be published electronically on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS) website and all authors are invited to submit a full manuscript to the journal via JACS online. Accepted abstracts by scientific researchers in training will be published in a supplemental issue of JACS.


Scientific Forum Abstract Program Coordinator

Video-Based Education Session Submission

Who Should Submit a Video?

  • Surgeons
  • Surgical residents

What Should Be Submitted?

Video content should be consistent with the purpose of ACS Video-Based Education, which is to educate surgeons and members of surgical teams to improve the care of the surgical patient as well as safeguard the standards of care in an optimal practice environment. Narration is required and must be in English.

Duration: The video length should not exceed 10 minutes.

Upon completion of your abstract submission, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with video submission instructions.

Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018 5:00 pm (CST)

Submit a Video-based Education abstract


The Committee on Video-based Education reviews and selects videos across the spectrum of surgical practice. Accepted videos may be donated to the ACS Video Library.


Britnee Sanders
Video Program Administrator