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Save the Date: Nation’s Capital Hosts the ACS Clinical Congress

College’s year-long Centennial celebration concludes with special programs and events


CHICAGO (March 28, 2013): The 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)—one of the largest international meetings of surgeons in the world—will convene October 6–10, in Washington, DC.  The Washington Marriott Wardman Park will serve as the headquarters hotel for the meeting, and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will house the scientific panel sessions and courses, as well as all scientific and technical exhibits.

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

The conference program features special lectures, exhibits, and receptions to commemorate the ACS 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 more than 300 posters displaying innovative scientific research.  Additionally, more than 200 companies will display products and 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:

  • Ten Hot Topics in General Surgery
  • Acute Appendicitis: Operate Now, Wait Until the Morning, or Treat with Antibiotics?  A Review of the Evidence
  • A Wild Night on Acute Care Surgery Call: Challenging Cases, Great Lessons

A slate of new postgraduate didactic and skills courses includes:

  • Measure Twice, Cut Once! Optimizing Surgical Systems of Care
  • Bedside Procedures in the Surgical ICU: What, Why, and How
  • MOC Review: Essentials for Surgical Specialists
  • Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery Skills Course
  • Ultrasound for Pediatric Surgeons
  • Emergency Airways

The College’s Centennial commemoration continues with these featured sessions:

  • Looking Back and Moving Forward: 100 Years of Surgical Research
  • Advances to the Care of Surgical Patients Through Contributions of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and the British Journal of Surgery: Centennial Report
  • Surgical Heroes of the Next 100 Years: Will They Be Different?
  • 100 Years of Rural Surgery: Past Accomplishments, Future Challenges
  • A Century of Canadian Contributions to the ACS and Surgical Science
  • Subject-Oriented Symposium II: 100 Years of Surgery

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

  • Challenging and Unusual Problems in Surgery
  • Movie Classics from the Past
  • Torso Reconstruction
  • ACS Video Atlas Showcase
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Highlights from International Meetings
  • Controversial Cases in General Surgery

Additional preliminary program information can be viewed online at

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. Sally Garneski, ACS Division of Integrated Communications: 312-202-5409, email:



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 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


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