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Save the Date: ACS Quality and Safety Conference Convenes in Orlando, July 21-24, 2018

National conference will provide a professional forum on the most recent national and local quality and safety initiatives in the field of surgery.

CHICAGO (April 13, 2018): Surgical team members, clinical registry experts, and allied and administrative health care professionals who are dedicated to raising the bar on the quality of surgical care and patient safety are invited to attend the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2018 Quality and Safety Conference. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Fla., July 21-24, 2018.

This year’s event will feature leaders in surgery and a variety of speakers and presentations focused on these ACS quality programs:

  • ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®)
  • ACS Children’s Surgery Verification (CSV) Program, as well as ACS NSQIP Pediatric
  • Cancer Programs, including the Commission on Cancer (CoC), National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
  • Trauma Quality Programs, including Pediatrics, Trauma Center Verification, the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP), and Performance Improvement and Patient Safety

The conference theme, “Partnering for Improvement,” will set the tone for the meeting, as presenters and organizers strive to:

  • Provide a professional forum to discuss and apply the most recent knowledge pertaining to national, international, and local quality and safety initiatives in the field of surgery.
  • Present methods used to analyze data from ACS Quality Programs and demonstrate practical ways to use the data for quality improvement.
  • Assist hospitals and providers in managing, analyzing, and interpreting data by providing education on proven methods that will empower hospitals and centers to make a positive impact at their facilities.
  • Enhance the learning experience by offering breakout sessions that educate attendees on the topic areas of their choice and with consideration of their level of programmatic experience.

There will be an additional track dedicated to Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety, also known as “the Red Book.” This track will explore concepts and resources from the publication, information on Quality Improvement tools, methodology, nomenclature, and organizational design and infrastructure. Other notable sessions will highlight important clinical topics such as efficiency in surgical care, the opioid epidemic, and preoperative optimization.

“The ACS Quality and Safety Conference is at the forefront of presenting a multitude of quality and safety initiatives specifically designed for everyone who cares for the surgical patient. Certainly, we all appreciate the expertise and experience of all who attend because not only are the scheduled presentations meaningful, but so too are the opportunities to network with participants who are also working on improvement at their local places,” said Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care. “The ability to learn and share is a key component to this conference, which is one of the, if not THE largest surgical quality conferences offered.”

Keynote speaker Rolf Benirschke, a former placekicker in the NFL, will discuss his experience collapsing on a cross-country team flight while battling ulcerative colitis and subsequently undergoing two emergency operations within six days. Rolf made a successful recovery and came back to play seven more season for the San Diego Chargers. To this day, Rolf serves as a patient advocate and takes time to connect personally with patients.

Further details about the conference can be viewed online.

In addition, hotel accommodations can be secured online. For details on making reservations at the special conference rate that expires on June 21, visit the Hotel Accommodations web page.

"FACS" designates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

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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 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit