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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.

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. 


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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Women Scholars Program

Current data indicate that there are only 0.5 surgeons for every 100,000 people. Although women make up more than 50 percent of the population, they represent only 7 percent of the surgical work force. To help address this problem, the ACS and the COSECSA have developed the ACS-COSECSA Women Scholars Program to support women in surgical residency.

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