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ACS Upcoming Meetings—COVID-19 Impact

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 the Committee on Trauma 98th Annual Meeting, the ATLS Global Symposium, and the 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.


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

Dear Simulation Summit Registrants,

In view of the above communication from David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons, additional information regarding the rescheduling of the Summit is as follows. We recognize the value of coming together at this important meeting to advance the goals of the surgical simulation community but believe this is the safest course of action both for individuals and for the communities we serve.


We will begin the process of refunding your full registration fees over the next week. You do not need to make any request; we will take care of it from this end.


Please call Swissotel at 312-565-0565 to cancel your room as soon as possible. If canceled 72 hours prior to the arrival date, there should be no penalty. The hotel has been informed of this situation as well.

Rescheduling of the Summit

We are pursuing rescheduling of the Summit to the Fall 2020. Additional information will be shared with the ACS-AEI community as details become available.

Paper and Poster Presenters

All authors whose abstracts were accepted will be invited to present their work at the rescheduled 2020 meeting. Also, we will keep the accepted manuscripts on file. All Authors who do not wish to wait until the Fall meeting may withdraw and are required to notify us at

We will miss seeing you all in Chicago next week and regret the burden this may place on you. We appreciate all the work you are doing to advance the mission of the AEI Program.

If you have questions regarding the meeting, please contact staff via the AEI email box at


Kathy Johnson, EdM
Assistant Director, ACS Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes

Cathy Sormalis
Manager, ACS Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes

Please let us know if you have any questions.