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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.

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Quality and Safety Conference

Call for Abstracts

Instructions and Guidelines

All healthcare professionals including surgeons, nurses, residents, trainees, operational experts, and leadership affiliated with the ACS Quality Programs are invited to submit a 250-word abstract to be considered for an on-demand poster presentation.

Abstracts that have been submitted or recently presented at other meetings are eligible for presentation at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference. In the view of ACS, the previous presentation of a paper does not prohibit the presentation or publication of the material at the Quality and Safety Conference.

Due to constraints presented by the pandemic, all abstracts will be presented virtually only during the 2022 Quality and Safety Conference. Individuals whose abstracts are selected are not required to attend the in-person event.

There is no limit for abstract submissions per primary author and/or co-author. Mandatory templates and guidelines will be sent after acceptance.

Only two images (including tables) may be embedded per abstract. Only one table attachment per abstract may be submitted. Files must be in .jpg or .png format. Other file types will not be accepted.

The Call for Abstracts closed at 11:59 pm CT on March 13.

Abstract Competitions

Best Trainee Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all medical students, medical or surgical trainees, and residents.

Presenting an abstract at the 2022 ACS Quality and Safety Conference is one way to demonstrate the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's (ACGME's) Scholarly Activity program requirement. In order to fulfill this requirement, you do not have to be the primary author; however, the abstract you are working on must be selected for presentation.

Best Registrar Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all Registrars, Surgical Clinical Reviewers (SCRs), and Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Clinical Reviewer (MBSCRs), also known as the data abstractors for the programs. These submissions can include quality improvement efforts that were initiated based on programmatic data or those implemented to improve the efficiency of how you use the program at your hospital. We are also interested in operational best practices relating to workflows around collecting data and reporting. Highlight your best practices so others may learn from your experience.

Best ACS NSQIP Adult Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all ACS NSQIP Adult submissions.

Best ACS NSQIP Pediatrics Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all Children's Surgery Verification and ACS NSQIP Pediatric submissions.

Best Cancer Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all Cancer submissions.

Best Education Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all Education submissions.

Best Efficiency and Value Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all Efficiency and Value submissions.

Best Geriatrics Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all Geriatrics submissions.

Best Health Equity and Access Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all Health Equity and Access submissions.

Best Health Informatics Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all Health Informatics submissions.

Best MBSAQIP Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all MBSAQIP submissions.

Best PROs/Patient Centeredness Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all PROs/Patient Centeredness submissions.

Best Trauma Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all Trauma submissions.

Best Surgical Potpourri Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all abstracts related to patient care.

Please note that the primary authors of the abstract(s) selected for the competitions will also be invited to submit full manuscripts to undergo preliminary peer review and possible featured publication in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS).

Winners of the competitions will be notified prior to the conference. Only primary authors will be considered. Abstract submission and award categories are subject to change at the College's discretion.