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ACS Program Updates and Resources

Register Now for SSR Educational Webinar and Sign Up for MIPS 2020 Participation

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgeon Specific Registry™ (SSR) is offering several educational webinars in June, July, and August for surgeons who want to make the most of the program. Learn about new features in the SSR and how to review, reflect upon, and learn from your case data, whether you are a new or an experienced SSR user. Read a full schedule of webinars and register now.

Surgeons are encouraged to enter SSR cases on a regular basis to track cases and outcomes continuously for surgical quality and practice improvements, as well as for participation in regulatory programs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the SSR to provide Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2020 participation as a Qualified Registry for the Quality and Improvement Activities components for the 2020 performance year. MIPS 2020 is available in the SSR. Verify your eligibility for MIPS 2020 participation before signing up. Eligible MIPS 2020 participants can fully enter all data, review performance rates for MIPS 2020, and are encouraged to sign up now. Visit the ACS website for more information on MIPS 2020 and review the educational MIPS 2020 Quick Guide. The deadline to submit your MIPS 2020 data through the SSR is January 6, 2021.

For any SSR programmatic questions, including MIPS participation, contact the ACS SSR Program at, or at 312-202-5408.

For SSR technical questions or issues (password reset, account reactivation, and so on), contact Technical Support at, or at 877-600-7237 (toll-free).

Call for Nominations: 2020 ACS Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education has announced the call for nominations for the 2020 ACS Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching. The award, presented each year, is intended to recognize teaching excellence and to further emphasize teaching as an important area of a resident’s daily life. Eligible nominees are residents in good standing in an accredited surgery residency program, including specialty programs, as of June 15. Graduating chief residents are eligible. Each surgery residency program may nominate one resident. Nominations will be accepted from program directors and department chairs and will be reviewed by an independent panel of the ACS Committee on Resident Education. The selection process for the recipient of the award has been initiated by the ACS Division of Education, and nominations are being accepted until July 10, 2020. Visit the ACS Resident Teaching Award page for more details.

Contact with any questions about this award.

Apply for Women in Surgery Committee Mentorship Program for Women Surgeons by June 15

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. The application deadline has been extended to June 15, 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

Meeting Updates

Surgeons Elected to Positions During American Medical Association House of Delegates Special Meeting

A special meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) was convened June 7, via a virtual platform. This special meeting was limited to the presidential inauguration, elections, and essential business of the HOD.

Delegates reelected Bruce A. Scott, MD, an otolaryngologist from Louisville, KY, as its speaker. In this position, Dr. Scott presides over 640 physicians and medical students who comprise the policymaking body of the nation’s largest physician organization.

David Welsh, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Indiana, was re-elected to the Council on Science and Public Health.  

Three new trustees were also voted in, one of whom was endorsed by the ACS delegation. 

Los Angeles ophthalmologist David H. Aizuss, MD, FACS, is one of three physicians newly elected to the AMA Board of Trustees. 

Dr. Aizuss is a longtime leader in organized medicine; he is the immediate past- president of the California Medical Association and a current member of the AMA Council on Legislation. Dr. Aizuss has also been at the forefront on issues such as physician scope of practice, vaccines, mental health, and gun violence.

Two other California surgeons, Lynn Jeffers, MD, FACS, a plastic surgeon, and Steven Chen, MD, FACS, a surgical oncologist, were elected to the AMA Council on Medical Service with the strong endorsement and support of the ACS delegation. 

The ACS delegation to the AMA includes (all MD, FACS): Daniel L. Dent, Kenneth Sharp, David B. Hoyt, Jacob Moalem, Anthony Atala, Naveen F. Sangji, Leigh A. Neumayer, Lena Napolitano, Bob Basu, Gary Timmerman, and Mark Weissler, and is chaired by Patricia L. Turner. The ACS delegation is staffed by Kristin McDonald, Manager, ACS Legislative and Political Affairs.

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Openings for Trauma Surgery Medical Director, Acute Care 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.

Saint Alphonsus Health System | Boise, ID
Trauma Surgery Medical Director

Northwell Health | New Hyde Park, NY
Acute Care Surgeon

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group | Atlanta, GA
Employed General Surgery Position

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