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ACS Program Updates and Resources

2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference to Be Held Virtually



The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has made the difficult decision to transition the 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference—originally planned to be in Minneapolis this July—to a virtual event. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing travel restrictions and social distancing guidance leaves us no choice. The health and safety of our attendees, faculty, and patients remains our top priority. While disappointed we won’t be able to meet in person, we are excited to hold the conference as a virtual event, and we want to know what content will interest you. Learn more about the 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference here.

ACS Massachusetts Chapter to Host Webinar on Restarting Surgery

The Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MC-ACS) will host a one-hour webinar with hospital leaders from across the state discussing their approach to Restarting Surgery in Massachusetts. Taking place May 21 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time, this MC-ACS webinar will provide valuable takeaways for many surgeons, hospital leaders, and administrators. The content of the webinar includes the following:

  • COVID-19 Pandemic: Overview
  • Restarting Surgery: Perspectives across the State
  • Q & A session

Follow this Zoom meeting link to join the webinar. A password is required to participate: 771342.

Nominations and Awards

RAS-ACS Seeks Volunteers for Executive Committee Secretary, Liaison Positions

The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) is seeking volunteers for open leadership and liaison positions in 2020. Most terms span three years and will begin in October 2020. Applications are due by June 15, 2020.

Successful candidates will have attained an understanding of the RAS through active participation in our projects, provide diversity and innovation of thought, have the capacity and willingness to contribute to the position's work, and be free from conflicts of interest in their volunteer work.

Specific openings and responsibilities are as follows:

Read more about the benefits and responsibilities of leadership in the RAS-ACS. Contact Alison Powers at RASnews@facs.org with any questions.

ACS Young Fellows Association: New Volunteer Opportunities Include Governing Council, Liaison Positions

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Young Fellows Association (YFA) is seeking volunteers for open positions on the YFA Governing Council and as Liaisons to ACS committees. Most terms span three years and will begin in October 2020. Applications are due by June 15, 2020.

Successful candidates will have had an understanding of the YFA through active participation on our projects, provide diversity and innovation of thought, have the capacity and willingness to contribute to the position's work, be able to serve a full three-year term and remain under the age of 45, and be free from conflicts of interest in their volunteer work.
More information on specific openings follows:

Read more about the benefits and responsibilities of leadership in the YFA. Contact Alison Powers at Yfellows@facs.org with any questions.

Call for Nominations for 2020 Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Women in Surgery Committee is accepting nominations for the 2020 Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award through May 31, 2020. The award will be presented in recognition of an individual’s contributions to the advancement of women in the field of surgery.

The award is named in honor of Mary Edwards Walker, MD, for her exemplary inspiration as the first woman surgeon employed by the U.S. Army and the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. Armed Forces decoration for bravery. Most notably, Dr. Walker was unwavering in her commitment to service to her country and the surgical profession and repeatedly excelled in the face of adversity. Through Dr. Walker’s example of perseverance, excellence, and pioneering behavior, she paved the way for women surgeons of today.

Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement and inspiration of women in surgery and be members of the ACS, either in active practice or retired. The awardee is expected to accept the award in person.

All nominations must be accompanied by the following:

  • A letter of nomination outlining how the nominee has contributed to the advancement of women in the field of surgery
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee
  • Self-nominations are acceptable and should include a letter of reference

The letter of nomination and CV should be sent to Carol Christian at cchristian@facs.org by May 31.

More information about the award, including past winners, is available on the ACS website.

Apply for 2020 ACS Committee Openings

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) depends on volunteers from its diverse membership to drive the mission and initiatives of the organization in support of the surgical profession, and much of this work is carried out through the ACS committees. Serving on an ACS committee is a great opportunity for surgeons to network with colleagues, progress to leadership positions, expand their professional sphere, and contribute to patient care.

Most ACS committee membership terms begin in October, following the annual Clinical Congress, and run for three years. Committee openings are announced in late spring, and membership applications are accepted through early summer.

Several ACS Committees are currently accepting applications. A summary of information for each committee is available on the ACS website by clicking on the dropdown menu for your committees of interest, and more complete information can be found by following these links:

Additional Resources

Chicago Medical Society and ABA Host Webinar on Reopening Surgical Services

The Chicago Medical Society and the American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law Section will cohost a webinar, Reopening Safely in the Time of COVID-19: Guidance for Deciding Whether to Reopen and Legal Implications of Reopening, at 12:00 noon Central Time, Friday, May 22. The webinar will provide guidance and address legal implications for health care providers and health facilities considering whether it is safe to reopen. For those practices and facilities that are reopening, the program will cover the legal issues that should be considered and strategies that should be implemented to ensure reopening occurs safely.

Career Opportunities

New Openings for Chair of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, General Surgeon, and Trauma Medical Director

With the ACS Surgery Career Connection, you can search more than 1,000 surgeon-specific positions and submit your application. The ACS Surgery Career Connection site is the premier resource to connect highly qualified surgeons with the best career opportunities across the country. Find your next career opportunity. Log on today.

Following are the featured jobs for this week:

McGovern Medical School at University of Texas Health Science Center | Houston, TX
Chair of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery

Gunderson Health System | Prairie Du Chien, WI
General Surgeon

CHI Health | Omaha, NB
Trauma Medical Director

Tailor your Surgery Career Connection search to target the opportunities of interest to you.