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ACS Program Updates and Resources

February 2020 ACSPA/ACS Activities: Read the Report

The Board of Directors of the American College of Surgeons Professional Association (ACSPA) and the Board of Regents (B/R) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) met February 6–8, 2020, at the College’s headquarters in Chicago, IL. A summary of key activities discussed in the report has been published ahead of print on the Bulletin website.

The report offers information on the activities of the ACSPA, as well as the following ACS Divisions:

  • Division of Education
  • Division of Integrated Communications
  • Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care
  • ACS Foundation

The information provided was current as of the date of the meeting. Read the report.

Final Opportunity to Submit Nominations for 2020 Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Women in Surgery Committee will be 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 by the deadline.

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

Apply for 2020 ACS Committee Openings by May 31

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. The deadline to apply for open committee opportunities is May 31, 2020.

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:

Apply by June 1 for Women in Surgery Committee Mentorship Program for Women Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Women in Surgery Committee is seeking applications from women surgeons who would like to apply for the Mentorship Program for Women Surgeons. This program provides an opportunity for early-career women surgeons (fewer than five years in practice) to develop a mentoring relationship with an established woman Fellow of the College. Applications are due June 1, 2020.

The program will include up to 30 mentor/mentee pairs who are required to participate in the ACS Clinical Congress. Applicants must be either ACS Fellows or Associate Fellows or in the process of applying for ACS Fellowship. The mentorship relationship will extend from October 2020 through October 2021. The program seeks both mentors and mentees.

Read more about the program, and visit one of the following links to apply:

Submit any questions to Carol Christian at

ICYMI: 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.

Career Opportunities

New Openings for Associate Chair of Surgery, General Surgeon–Breast Surgeon, and Trauma/Acute Care 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.

Following are the featured jobs for this week:

Staten Island University Hospital | Staten Island, NY
Associate Chair of Surgery

Bassett Healthcare Systems | Cooperstown, NY
General Surgeon–Breast Surgeon

Enloe Medical Center | Chico, CA
Trauma/ Acute Care Surgeon

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

Webinars of Note

COVID-19—Lessons from Other Countries

Royal College of Surgeons
Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 12:00 noon–1:15 pm Central Time

Professor Neil Mortensen, Royal College of Surgeons Vice-President and President-Elect, will discuss what we can learn about COVID-19 from the global community. He will be joined by American College of Surgeons Regent Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCSI (Hon), Hon FRCS (Glasg), Director, Digestive Disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, and Prof. Antonino Spinelli, MD, PhD, FASCRS, director of colon and rectal cancer at Humanitas Hospital in Milan, who has been working on the frontlines of Italy’s response to COVID-19.

ABS Certification during the COVID-19 Pandemic

American Board of Surgery
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 3:00 pm Central Time

John Mellinger, MD, current Vice-Chair of the Directors of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) , will talk with training graduates about their board-qualifying and board-certification exams as they have changed due to the response to the pandemic.