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Save the Date: Chicago Will Host ACS Clinical Congress Sept 30-Oct 4

Special program selections will mark the launch of a year-long centennial celebration

NEWS FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHICAGO (March 21, 2012): The 2012 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)—one of the largest international meetings of surgeons in the world—will convene September 30-October 4, in Chicago, Ill.  The Chicago Hilton and Towers will serve as the headquarters hotel for the meeting, and the McCormick Place Convention Center will house the scientific panel sessions and courses, as well as all scientific and technical exhibits.

This year’s Clinical Congress will feature an outstanding educational program and the launch of the College’s year-long Centennial celebration. 

The program features special lectures, exhibits, and receptions to commemorate the Centennial in addition to guest lectures by prominent leaders in surgery; panel sessions in theme- and discipline-based tracks; dozens of video-based education selections; a selection of didactic postgraduate courses and hands-on skills courses; leading-edge, research-in-progress papers in all surgical specialties for presentation during the Surgical Forum and Papers Sessions; daily town-hall meetings and “Meet the Expert Luncheons;” a series of press conferences; and over 300 posters displaying innovative scientific research.  Additionally, more than 200 companies will display products or services that improve the quality of surgical patient care or enhance management practices within the surgical profession. 

This year’s meeting will feature hundreds of timely educational panel sessions including:

  • Return to Play Issues in Sports-Related Neurotrauma
  • Ocular Trauma in the ER, in the OR, and on the Battlefield
  • Thoracic Surgery in Childhood and Infancy: Implications for Adult Survivors
  • Ethical Issues and the Tension Between Older and Younger Surgeons
  • Joining Forces: How We Can Help Our Returning Vets

A slate of new postgraduate didactic and skills courses includes:

  • Advanced Leadership Skills
  • Surgical Critical Care Board Review
  • Bundle Care and the Future of Surgical Healthcare: Delivery and Outcomes
  • Management of Diabetic Lower Extremities
  • Trauma Techniques: From Top to Bottom
  • Patient Safety and Quality in Rural Surgery: Advanced Skills Training for the Rural Surgeon
  • Robotic Pelvic Surgery
  • Telemedicine in Surgery: Building a Virtual Practice

The College’s centennial will be commemorated with these
featured sessions:

  • Founders of Private Clinics and the Early History of the ACS
  • Nobel Prize Winning Surgeons
  • The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons: Past, Present, and Future

The always well-attended video-based education sessions will sponsor the following subject-oriented symposiums:

  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery
  • 3D Video Imaging
  • Managing Complications
  • Surgical Endoscopy
  • Spine Access
  • Abdominal Neuroendocrine Tumors

Additional preliminary program information can be viewed online at: http://www.facs.org/clincon2012/index.html.

Press registration materials will be available in June.

If reporters planning to cover the Clinical Congress have any questions once press preregistration begins, they should contact Ms. Cory Suzan Petty, ACS Division of Integrated Communications: 312-202-5328, email: cpetty@facs.org. The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient.  The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery.  Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.  The College has more than 78,000 members, and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.

Contact

Cory Suzan Petty
312-202-5328

or

Sally Garneski
American College of Surgeons
312-202-5409
pressinquiry@facs.org