American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Meetings and Events

The YFA sponsors a variety of sessions targeted to young surgeons at both the Clinical Congress and the annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit.

Clinical Congress

Sunday, October 4

Convocation Ceremony

The YFA Governing Council members are active participants in the annual Convocation and Induction of New Fellows into the American College of Surgeons (ACS). They participate in the robing of the Initiates and welcome new Fellows at the President’s Reception following the Convocation.

  • 9:00 am–5:00 pm—Convocation Gown Pick Up: Room W375c, West Building, Level 3
  • 4:30 pm—Robing of Initiates: Room W375c, West Building, Level 3
  • 5:45 pm—Formation of Initiate Procession Line: Room W375c, West Building, Level 3
  • 6:00–8:00 pm—Convocation Ceremony: Skyline Ballroom, West Building, Level 3

President's Reception for New Fellows
8:00–9:30 pm (following the Convocation Ceremony)
McCormick Place Convention Center W375b

Initiates Program: The Surgical Career, the Joys, the Struggles, and the Rewards (PS121)
2:30 pm–4:00 pm

Initiates' Program: The Surgical Career, the Joys, the Struggles, and the Rewards welcome initiates. Surgical career, today, offer tremendous diversity; there truly is something for everyone. Among this impressive diversity come striking similarities in what makes us surgeons, what makes us proud, what gives us joy, and the challenges we face be it personal or professional. This diverse panel will review the current landscape of who we are, what we share, methods to cope and assist each other in challenges, and the rewards we share as surgeons.

Monday, October 5

Functional Ergonomics for Surgeons: Protect Your Neck and Your Career
2:30–4:00 pm

It’s a well-known fact among practicing surgeons, the practice of surgery makes heavy physical demands. Neck pain, back pain, muscle fatigue and carpal tunnel syndrome are among the most frequent complaints and the cause for many of the disability claims that can shorten a surgical career.  Functional ergonomics has the promise to improve these outcomes when properly interpreted and incorporated into our daily practice. This session will provide an in-depth exploration of the work done on functional ergonomics in surgery and how to build this into a medical environment.

Young Fellows Association Program
4:00–5:45 pm

Learn about the association’s activities, participate in a round-table discussion, and network during a reception with other Young Fellows, new initiates, YFA leadership, and incoming ACS President J. David Richardson, MD, FACS.

  • 4:00 pm—Call to Order and Introductions with Jacob Moalem, MD, FACS, Chair
  • 4:15 pm—Round Table Discussion with Dr. J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, ACS President-Elect
  • 4:45 pm—Reports from YFA Work Groups
  • 5:00 pm—Networking Reception 

Tuesday, October 6

Changes in Medical Malpractice Law: Disclosure, Apology, and Offer
7:00–7:45 am

“Disclosure, Apology and Offer” (DA&O) is a new model for medical malpractice resolution, recently signed into law in Massachusetts and in demonstration projects across the United States. Under the DA&O model, healthcare professionals and institutions and their insurers disclose to patients and families when unanticipated adverse outcomes occur. They further investigate and explain what happened, establish systems to improve patient safety, and prevent the recurrence of such incidents. Where appropriate, apologize and offer fair financial compensation without the patient having to resort to legal action. This town session will provide a forum for discussion of the law and its’ consequences from the point-of-view of the surgeon, the insurer, the patient and the public..

Speed Mentoring Program
4:00–5:00 pm

YFA members are encouraged to participate as mentors in a fast-paced, hour-long event. Mentors will meet with up to six resident and associate fellow mentees in a round-robin structured setting. For more information and registration, log into the ACS Communities.

Wednesday, October 7

Being an Expert Witness: When Are You Ready? How Do You Do It?
7:00–7:45 am

Participate in this interactive Town Hall, which will emphasize the conduct of the expert witness role for surgeons. Surgeons in practice may on occasion have the opportunity to testify in court as expert witnesses on behalf of the plaintiff or defendant. The ACS has a voluntary program recommending guidelines for the qualifications and behavior of Fellows who have the opportunity to serve as expert witnesses. There can be benefits to society as well as to the participating surgeon in acting as an expert witness, but there are few opportunities to train to do so. This interactive Town Hall will emphasize the conduct of the expert witness role for surgeons.

Managing Stress and Preventing Burnout: Strategies and Wellness Habits for Surgeons
9:45–11:15 am

Burnout has been shown to affect 40 percent of practicing surgeons, leading to unhappy and prematurely shortened careers as well as having a significant negative impact on personal and professional well-being. This session will include practical scheduling tips to avoid fatigue, discussion of habits that increase stress, prioritization of high-yield career enhancing activities, training in mindfulness, and incorporating regular physical activity into daily lifestyle.  

Conflict in Practice (Meet-the-Expert Luncheon)
11:30 am–12:30 pm

How to Become a Successful Principal Investigator (Meet-the-Expert Luncheon)
11:30 am–12:30 pm

You’re Not Alone: The Emotional Impact of Adverse Events
2:30–4:00 pm

Adverse patients events, which are thought to occur in up to a third of all hospitalizations, are sometimes the direct result of incorrect decisions or misguided actions of a surgeon. Depending on the directness and severity of the complication, such events can have very profound negative effects on surgeons' personal, family, and professional lives that can persist for months. Interestingly, nearly all surgeons believe that the severity of their reactions to such events is unique, and that other surgeons are somehow better able to cope with their complications. Research, however, shows that surgeons are remarkably consistent in their handling of complications, and in the sense of isolation that follows. This panel will focus on the impact of bad patient outcomes on the well-being of surgeons, and explore strategies to mitigate the toll that such outcomes have on surgeons who are often become the "second victim.”

Thursday, October 8

The Surgeon and Emotional Intelligence: It’s Real and Relevant
9:45–11:15 am

A surgeon’s practice is an emotional one. Every aspect of our lives, as surgeons, in fact is directly affected by our emotional intelligence (EQ). Developing ones EQ allows for more effective communication, increased ability to handle stress, and ability to recognize and handle conflict and increase flexibility to adapt to change. This session panel will help the participants understand what is EQ, increase awareness of its role in one’s career and life, explore skills to practically enhance one’s EQ, and focus on real life examples that are relevant to us as surgeons.