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ACS Program Updates and Resources

Virtual Quality and Safety Conference, July 24–27: Free Registration, Compelling Content Geared toward All Audiences

The 2020 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality and Safety Conference will take place virtually July 24–27. Registration will be free of charge and available to all. The program will feature something for everyone, including a variety of compelling live and on-demand video presentations, along with an opportunity to engage in a live chat with session presenters.

Program participants can look forward to a few ACS Quality Program-specific topics. Other timely topics also will be addressed, including leadership during a crisis, perspectives from surgeons on COVID-19, and wellness and resiliency during the pandemic. Subject matter experts in surgery will participate in multiple hot-topic fireside chats. Attendees also will have access to a multitude of abstract presentations.

More information, including registration instructions and the conference agenda, will be available soon. Check the Quality and Safety Conference web page periodically for more updates.

Call for Abstracts for 2021 ACS Surgical Simulation Summit Now Open

The call for abstracts is now open for the 2021 Annual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgical Simulation Summit: An International Multi-Professional Meeting, March 11–13 at the Swissôtel Chicago, IL. This ACS Accredited Education Institutes forum highlights the best research in simulation-based surgical education or implementation of innovative simulation-based surgical education methods. Anyone involved in simulation-based education or surgical simulation-based training is invited to submit abstracts by the 11:59 pm Central Time September 10, 2020, deadline.

There are three opportunities to present at the Summit: Innovative Techniques, Original Papers, and Poster Presentations. Submitted abstracts are reviewed by the Program Review Committee. All ACS Surgical Simulation Summit abstract submissions must be from original research, not previously published or presented, with the expectation that all work submitted and accepted will be presented at this meeting. Presenting authors will receive the Program Review Committee’s decision by December 11, 2020.

Submit your abstract today. For abstract submission information, contact Amy Johnson at 312-202-5415 or

ACS Accepting Nominations for 2020 Jameson L. Chassin, MD, FACS, Award for Professionalism in General Surgery

To recognize Jameson L. Chassin, MD, FACS, and his career and professional interests, the eighth annual award for chief residents is being offered by the Chassin family, contributors to the Chassin Memorial Fund, and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation. In accordance with the wishes of the Chassin family, the Jameson L. Chassin, MD, FACS, Award for Professionalism in General Surgery will be presented to a chief resident in general surgery who exemplifies the values of compassion, technical skill, and devotion to science and learning. Eligible nominees are chief residents in general surgery who are in good standing at an accredited surgery residency program as of July 1. 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 review 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 Chassin Award page for more details.

Contact with any questions about these two awards.

ACS Seeks Brief Letters to Share Tips for Success with New Faculty

With the start of a new academic year just around the corner, many younger American College of Surgeons (ACS) members are transitioning into different roles—some still within the framework of residency, and some out of residency entirely and into a career. The ACS is looking for your wisdom to share with your “younger selves” and others as you look back on your early career years through a more experienced, wiser lens. Share some helpful tips, words of encouragement, or advice with a bit of grit.

Send your letter of 750 words or less to by July 1 to be published in the July Associate Fellow News.

Career Opportunities

New Surgeon Openings for Breast Surgeon, Bilingual Bariatric/General Surgeon, and Trauma 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.

Bronson Breast Surgery | Kalamazoo, MI
Breast Surgeon

Florida Private Practice | Miami, FL
Bilingual General/Bariatric Surgeon

Christus Trinity Clinic | Tyler, TX
Trauma Surgeon

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