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ACS Program Updates, Resources and Announcements

Watch Quality and Safety Conference Keynote Address and Submit Questions for Discussion between Speaker Eduardo Garcia and Dr. Steven Wexner

In a special event before the 2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL, the ACS invites you to watch the conference keynote speaker, Eduardo Garcia, share his motivational story of working with his health care providers to recover after a life-changing accident.

ACS Board of Regents Vice-Chair Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), will sit down with Eduardo to address any questions you have for him. Submit questions for Eduardo via this survey by May 31.

And don't forget to register for the conference for free! The 2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL is designed to equip all attendees with the tools and education to be leaders and innovators in the hospital and among their peers. For those who lead and are involved with hospital quality programs, we'll have sessions relevant to helping you achieve the highest-level quality at your institution, extending beyond the operating room to drive advancement across the health care system.

ACS TQIP Accepting Abstracts for Annual Conference through June 15

The ACS Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP®) has issued a call for abstracts for the TQIP Annual Conference, November 15–17, 2021. The deadline for abstract submissions is 11:59 pm CT June 15. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Submitting an abstract offers a chance for you and TQIP registry staff to share the notable initiatives you have enacted at your hospitals. TQIP wants to know what internal performance improvement efforts you have embarked on and how you have been using TQIP in your center. You are encouraged to present any data quality initiatives that have made a positive difference in your centers. View the ACS TQIP meeting website for more information and to submit your proposal.

ACS Fellow Dr. Cato Laurencin First Surgeon Elected to National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and Inventors

The National Academy of Sciences recently announced that Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD, FACS, Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Connecticut, was elected as a new member, making him the first surgeon to be elected to membership in the three National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Dr. Laurencin is known as a world leader in biomaterials, polymeric materials science, nanotechnology, stem cell science, and drug delivery systems, as well as regenerative engineering—a field he has pioneered. His breakthrough achievements in science, engineering and medicine have resulted in transformative advances in improving human life. For this work, Dr. Laurencin received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor bestowed in the U.S. for technological achievement, from President Barack Obama.

Dr. Laurencin also has pioneered work in the development of systems for soft tissue regeneration. He invented the Laurencin-Cooper ligament (LC ligament) for ACL regeneration, and engineered grafts for shoulder rotator cuff tendon repair and regeneration. He is the first person to receive both the highest award of the National Academy of Medicine (the Walsh McDermott Medal) and the highest award of the National Academy of Engineering (the Simon Ramo Founders Award).

A role model in science and champion of social justice, Dr. Laurencin has been recognized through multiple awards named in his honor and as a recipient of others, including the 2020 Herbert W. Nickens Award from the AAMC for work in promoting justice, equity, and fairness.

Read more about Dr. Laurencin.

Listen to the Podcast Corner: The Growing Archives of Speaking of SurgOnc

Podcast selections are curated by Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, and reviewed by the Bulletin Brief editorial board.

This offering features the podcast series, Speaking of SurgOnc, which includes discussions with authors who have recently published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology. In the 21 episodes to date, topics as far-ranging as surgical oncology care during the pandemic, management of neuroendocrine tumors of the gut, value of metastasectomy for melanoma and neoadjuvant therapy for pancreatic cancer are highlighted. Enjoy listening and learning!

Interested in Getting Involved in the College? Final Chance to Apply for 2021 ACS Committee Opportunities Is May 31

The ACS depends on volunteers from its diverse membership to drive the mission and initiatives of the organization to support the surgical profession. 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—and the final chance to apply is May 31.

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

The following ACS committees are now accepting applications:

  • Commission on Cancer
  • Committee on Diversity Issues
  • International Relations Committee
  • Scholarships Committee
  • Women in Surgery Committee

To apply, follow application instructions or contact the staff liaison for each respective committee.

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: BC/BE Urologists, Breast Surgeon, Hip and Knee Surgeon and General Surgeon

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!

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