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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Become a Member
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Membership Benefits
ACS
Clinical Congress

CME Information

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information

Accreditation

The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this In-Person (Live and On-Demand) activity for a maximum of 245.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American College of Surgeons designates this Virtual (Live-Streaming and On-Demand) activity for a maximum of 196.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Credit Claiming

Onsite claiming of credit for nonticketed sessions will be available at the MyCME booth and kiosks located throughout the San Diego Convention Center. Claims for CME credit for this event will be accepted upon completion of the Clinical Congress Global Evaluation. Claims for CME credit will be accepted until May 1, 2023.

Residents and Allied Health professionals are eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates

Certain state licensing boards have established specific content requirements for CME Credit. State requirements may include:

  • Behavioral Health (BH)
  • Cultural Competency (CC)
  • End-of-Life Care (EoLC)
  • Ethics (E)
  • Opioid/Pain Management (OPM)
  • Palliative Care (PA)
  • Patient Safety (PtS)
  • Risk Management (RM)

Clinical Congress sessions that may address state-specific content are designated as Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates using the abbreviations listed above. When claiming CME credit for these sessions, individuals can elect to include the Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates, and it will be documented as part of one's CME Certificate and Clinical Congress Transcript. Individuals must check with their state medical board to verify that the content does meet the specific requirements.

Self-Assessment Credit

Self-assessment credit will be available for some Sessions and Courses. The process of earning self-assessment credit is voluntary and is not a prerequisite to claiming CME credit.

Self-assessment credit counts toward American Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2. (For ABS Diplomates, the MOC Part 2 requirement applies to those who have not yet completed the first ABS Continuous Certification Program Assessment Exam.) Participants are strongly encouraged to complete their self-assessment posttest as soon after attendance as possible. The final deadline is May 1, 2023.

Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements

Institutions that are accredited or verified by the American College of Surgeons require staff to earn credits in order to meet compliance and site survey requirements in applicable content areas:

  • Bariatric Surgery (MBS)
  • Breast (BST)
  • Cancer (C)
  • Geriatric (GER)
  • Pediatric Surgery (PEDS)
  • Trauma (T)

Clinical Congress sessions that include this content are designated as Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements. These specific content designations, where applicable, are included after each session title using the abbreviations listed above. When claiming CME Credit for these sessions, individuals can elect to include the Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/ Verification Requirements, and it will be documented as part of one's CME Certificate and Clinical Congress transcript.

Individuals must check with their institution's office to verify that the content does meet the specific requirements.

Purpose

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 2).

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.

Goal

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.

Objectives

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