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Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarianism at Clinical Congress

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Saturday, October 21

Global Health Competencies for Surgeons: Cognitive and System Skills (DC04)

8:30 am–4:00 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Room 7AB

Global Health Competencies for Surgeons: Cognitive and System Skills This course will help prepare the international volunteer to understand characteristics of low resource surgical environments, situational ethics, cultural competency, tropical diseases relevant in surgery, personal preparedness and health considerations, responsibilities as a health work, and the scope of the "essential surgical" procedures as defined by the Disease Control Priorities (DCP-3).

Monday, October 23

Humanitarian Surgical Outreach at Home and Abroad: Reports of the 2017 Volunteerism and Humanitarian Award Winners (PS103)

9:45–11:15 am
San Diego Convention Center, Room 1AB

Humanitarian Surgical Outreach at Home and Abroad: Reports of the 2017 Volunteerism and Humanitarian Award Winners This plenary session showcases the 2017 Volunteerism and Humanitarian Award winners who will share insights into their motivation, accomplishments, and lessons learned related to humanitarian surgical outreach. The honorees' stories will be complemented by presentations from other innovators and leaders in surgical outreach to create a robust portrayal of this complex work. Together, they will form the basis for a lively question and answer segment at the conclusion of the session.

Global Surgery and Humanitarian Outreach I (SF06)

11:30 am–1:00 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Room 6D

Operation Giving Back Meet the Experts (ME114)

1:15–2:15 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Room 25A

Global Surgery Leaders Meeting

3:00–5:00 pm
Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, Grand Hall B, Lobby Level

Operation Giving Back (OGB) is organizing a Global Surgery Program Leaders informational meeting during Clinical Congress 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. RSVP to ogb@facs.org.

OGB Reception

6:00–7:30 pm
Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seaport Ballroom A, Second Level-Seaport Tower

Tuesday, October 24

OGB Committee Meeting

7:00–9:00 am
Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seaport Ballroom A, Second Level-Seaport Tower

Resident Interest Group Meeting

11:30 am–1:00 pm
Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seaport Ballroom BC, Second Level-Seaport Tower

OGB will be holding a Resident Interest Group informational meeting at Clinical Congress. Residents interested in learning more about OGB and how to get involved are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to ogb@facs.org.

Volunteer Opportunity: Feeding San Diego (ST16)

1:00–3:00 pm
Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, Grand Hall D, Lobby Level

ACS is teaming up with Feeding San Diego to provide an opportunity for Clinical Congress attendees and guests to give back to the community through the FSD Back Pack Program. ACS volunteers will fill and decorate 2,500 back packs with essential food items that will be later distributed to children and families in need. Registration is required.

Ethics Colloquium: Ethical Challenges of Global Surgery (PS228)

2:30–5:45 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Room 17AB

This panel will consist of a pro and con discussion of a series of four cases to explore central ethical issues in global surgery. The topics addressed will include the following. What should the goals of global surgery be? Should the focus be on doing cases that could not normally be done in the local country or improving capacity of local surgeons? Should surgeons or surgical residents be allowed to do things abroad that they are not allowed to do at home? What are the appropriate standards of informed consent for global surgery? How should plans for global surgical outreach be altered in the face of great need such as natural or man-made disasters? Should standards of acceptable practice be changed for great need?

Current State of Health Care Disparities in Surgery and Solutions for the Future (PS235)

2:30–4:00 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Room 5AB

  1. Discuss the current state of health care disparities in surgery. 
  2. Present current knowledge regarding the role of providers, academic health centers, and surgical leaders in mitigating disparities. 
  3. Propose solutions aimed at providers, hospitals, and surgical leaders—that could lead to a reduction in health care disparities. 

This will be a 90-minute session featuring some of the most prominent voices in health care disparities in the United States. The session will begin with a review of recent activities of the ACS Committee on Health Care Disparities resulting in the first ever National Institute of Health (NIH) funding announcement devoted to surgical disparities research. This will be followed by a keynote address by the director of the lead NIH institute involved in this funding mechanism and three shorter talks focused on specific mechanisms of disparities and potential solutions. Ample time will be protected for a robust and interactive panel discussion with live questions and answers from the audience and via Twitter.

Wednesday, October 25

Global Engagement (PS304)

8:00–9:30 am
San Diego Convention Center, Room 6E

The Global Engagement panel session will report on the strategic direction of the ACS in global and domestic volunteerism. Moreover, a panel discussion will address the issues of "Domestic Volunteerism: Why, How and Where it is Needed." A global engagement session will focus on building global surgery consortium. Experts will discuss the why, the how and where consortia are needed. In addition, an open mic session will provide fellows to discuss the extraordinary volunteerism work they do around the globe and share their experiences.

Distinguished Lecture of the International Society of Surgery (NL09)

8:00–9:00 am
San Diego Convention Center, Room 5AB

Established in 1990 and endowed by the U.S. Chapter of the International Society of Surgery to recognize the Society's worthwhile activities by honoring distinguished international surgeons.

Global Surgery and Humanitarian Outreach II (SF44)

9:45–11:15 am
San Diego Convention Center, Room 1AB

Global Surgery and Humanitarian Outreach III (SF54)

2:30–4:00 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Room 6E