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Operation Giving Back

Operation Giving Back (OGB), the volunteerism initiative of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), serves as a comprehensive resource center where you can find information to investigate and participate in surgical volunteer opportunities. OGB provides the necessary tools to facilitate humanitarian outreach among ACS members of all specialties, at all stages of their profession, and with an emphasis on domestic and/or international service. Through a network of high-impact partner organizations, OGB directs you to volunteer opportunities that align with your skills, passions, and beliefs.

OGB at CC2017

Are you attending Clinical Congress 2017? Start planning your schedule and make time to attend these OGB events. If you plan on attending any of these events, let us know at

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Global Health at CC2017

Global Health Competency for Surgeons: Cognitive and System Skills Course, DC04, will be held from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on October 21 and is designed to prepare surgeons for global surgical engagement. Make sure to reserve your spot today and register for Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA.

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Global Surgery Meeting

OGB is organizing a Global Surgery Program Leaders informational meeting during Clinical Congress 2017 on Monday, October 23, 3:00–5:00 pm in San Diego, CA. The primary goal is to create a platform for future collaboration between individual programs and with OGB. Please save the date and consider attending.


Resident Interest Group

OGB will be holding a Resident Interest Group informational meeting at Clinical Congress on Tuesday, October 24, 11:30 am–1:00 pm. Residents interested in learning more about OGB and how to get involved are encouraged to attend. 


Global Engagement and Volunteerism

OGB is hosting a panel on global engagement and volunteerism at Clinical Congress on Wednesday, October 25, 8:00–9:30 am. The panel will include an open mic portion for attendees to share the extraordinary volunteerism work they do domestically and abroad. Each volunteer will be allotted up to two minutes to speak. Those interested in participating should e-mail OGB for more information or to reserve their spot.


ACS/Pfizer Awards

The Board of Governors (B/G) Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup has announced the recipients of the 2017 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award and Surgical Volunteerism Awards. The contributions of the award recipients are summarized in this month’s issue of the Bulletin and the recipients will be formally recognized at Clinical Congress 2017.

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