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ACS Quality and Safety Conference 2020

Updated August 24, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference was rescheduled as a virtual conference from August 21-24. Content from this Congress will remain on the ACS website for all registrants to access until the end of 2020.


ESCP Scientific & Annual Meeting

Posted April 3, 2020

Given the increasingly devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) has decided to cancel its 15th Scientific & Annual Meeting, September 23–25 in Vilnius, Lithuania.


International Digestive Endoscopic Network Meeting

Posted April 3, 2020

The International Digestive Endoscopic Network is postponing its annual meeting, September 24−27 in South Korea.


Clinical Congress 2020

Updated September 15, 2020

Join us October 3–7, 2020, for the first-ever fully virtual Clinical Congress. With both live and on-demand sessions, the conference will offer the finest surgical education for medical professionals across all specialties.

This year’s conference embraces a digital approach that will unlock new opportunities for surgeons everywhere. Today, the medical community—and the world—faces many unique challenges, and Clinical Congress 2020 will help equip you with the tools and educational content you need to grow, develop, and find success no matter what stage you’re at in your career.


ACS Accreditation and Verification Programs Grant One-Year Extensions

Posted March 24, 2020

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has been closely monitoring the progression of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the work of our front-line providers and systems of care. We are especially connected with hospitals that participate in one or more of the ACS verification/accreditation programs. During this difficult time, we are continuously reviewing what we can do to help you.

The College is granting a one-year extension for hospitals currently accredited and verified. This additional year will extend the standard three-year verification to a four-year verification, for sites in good standing, in any of the ACS programs:

  • Commission on Cancer (CoC)
  • Children’s Surgery Verification (CSV)
  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
  • National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
  • National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC)
  • Trauma Verification (Trauma VRC)

We know hospitals are diverting resources, limiting visitors, and placing mandatory travel bans on their staff. This one-year extension will alleviate the time and effort usually required to prepare for an onsite review. We anticipate resuming site visits when appropriate.

From all of us at ACS, thank you for all you are doing for your patients, providers, families and communities. We appreciate your commitment to our Quality Programs. If you have any specific questions on how this will affect your hospital, ACS programs will be communicating additional information to accredited and verified sites in the coming days.


ACS Committee on Trauma Guidance for ATLS Course Directors and Participants

Posted March 24, 2020

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) fully supports the directives urging social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and strongly encourages Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS) sites to cancel courses planned in the near future.

We are aware that this will result in difficulties both for the participants who planned to take courses, as well as for the Faculty and Coordinators. For this reason, we are issuing the following guidance:

  • Instructor status will be extended for one year from the date of expiration for all ATLS Instructors whose status expires in 2020 and who have not been able to obtain the required number of teaching opportunities needed to keep their current status up to date.
  • Any ATLS Provider whose course verification expires in 2020 will have the grace period extended for one year from the expiration date. The expectation is that they will take the appropriate Course in 2021 to renew their course verification.
  • Alternate solutions for graduating residents who require ATLS verification to sit for the Qualifying Board Examination are being reviewed and will be posted once resolved. Should the graduating resident have current Provider status, we will simply extend their status for one year as we would for any other current ATLS Provider.
  • For those who have never taken ATLS but require it for their employment or academic appointment, we are working on possible solutions to this issue. For the time being, we will need to deal with these on a case-by-case basis.

The ACS COT expects adherence to all governmental and organizational restrictions on gatherings, hosting of meetings on their premises, or business travel for their employees. If you do hold an ATLS Course, make sure that you are appropriately sanitizing your equipment and have the appropriate personnel cleaning supplies for your staff, faculty, and course participants.

Advise potential participants that they will not be admitted to a course if should they demonstrate signs of cold- or flu-like illnesses. We recommend liberal policies regarding refunds for canceled courses or non-admittance due to potential illness.

The best way to ensure the health and safety of our patients is to prioritize the health and safety of the healthcare community. The ATLS Staff and Leadership are committed to assisting all of you during this difficult time. For further assistance with individual concerns, please contact ATLS@facs.org.


New Dates for Postponed ACS 2020 Cancer Accreditation Programs Conference

Posted March 23, 2020

Because of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is postponing the ACS 2020 Cancer Accreditation Programs Conference: New Content for a New Decade, originally scheduled for April 22–24, 2020. We made this difficult decision out of an abundance of caution, and with concern for your safety, the safety of your patients, friends, and family. Ensuring the health and safety of our communities is our highest priority.

The conference will now be held December 2–4, 2020 at the same location: the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL. Please contact the hotel directly to cancel your stay. For your convenience, your April 2020 registration will be refunded via your original payment method.

Please note that we will be offering the CoC/NCDB program on August 28–29, 2020 in Denver, CO. We hope you can attend either the August conference or join us for one of the Cancer Programs’ important educational activities.

We greatly appreciate your flexibility and understanding of our commitment to the health and well-being of our program leaders, their patients, and our staff. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation.

Contact the ACS with questions or concerns at cancerprogramsevents@facs.org.


Residents as Teachers and Leaders Course To Be Rescheduled

Posted March 10, 2020

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will reschedule the Residents as Teachers and Leaders course, originally scheduled for March 20–22 in Chicago, due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

All registrants will receive an e-mail with further details. Preliminary information regarding hotel and registration cancellations can be found here. Updates regarding when this course is rescheduled will be communicated as soon as possible.

Other meetings that are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, as previously announced, include:

Future meetings will be considered as we closely watch this situation as it unfolds. We will share information soon regarding when the postponed events will be rescheduled.


ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2020 Canceled

Posted March 9, 2020

In light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is canceling the 2020 ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit (LAS) in Washington, DC (March 28–31). We made this difficult decision out of an abundance of caution, and with concern for attendees’ safety and the safety of their patients. All attendees will receive an e-mail with further details. Preliminary information regarding hotel and registration cancellations can be found here.

Other meetings that are impacted, as previously announced, include:

Future meetings will be considered as we closely watch this situation as it unfolds. We will share information soon regarding when the postponed events will be rescheduled.


Upcoming ACS Meetings—COVID-19 Impact

Posted March 5, 2020

After closely monitoring developments related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and assessing its current and potential impact, the American College of Surgeons has made the decision to reschedule or change the format of some upcoming events convened by the College.

Currently, the meetings impacted include:

  • Committee on Trauma 98th Annual Meeting
  • ATLS Global Symposium
  • 2020 ACS Surgical Simulation Summit and its associated events

Alternative formats for the Committee on Trauma and ATLS Global Symposium are being considered, and the 2020 ACS Surgical Simulation Summit will be rescheduled for a later date. Updates regarding these meetings will be communicated shortly.

The health and well-being of our members, employees, partners, and others who help us host these events is our top priority. Many attendees at our events are health care professionals who are on the frontlines of caring for the public. This is a fast-changing situation and the College will make decisions on future events with these important principles in mind.

We apologize for the difficulty and inconvenience resulting from these changes. While this is not an easy decision, we believe it is in the best interest of all parties.

Future meetings will be considered as we closely watch this situation as it unfolds. We will share information soon regarding when the postponed events will be rescheduled.

Sincerely,

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
Executive Director, American College of Surgeons