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Clinical Congress 2020Clinical Congress 2020 Late-Breaking Clinical Trials: Submit Abstracts Today!

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) invites you to submit your scientific research from prospective clinical trials for consideration for a dedicated Scientific Forum session at the American College of Surgeons Virtual Clinical Congress 2020, October 4–7. This session will highlight practice-changing clinical research relevant to surgeons. The research must be original or previously presented within the past six months and of sufficient scientific and clinical importance to be considered for this session.

The submission site is now open. Submit your abstracts by 11:59 pm (CDT) on July 31.

Notification of acceptance will be sent in September.

2020 ACS Quality and Safety ConferenceRegister Now for 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL

Registration is open for the 2020 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL, July 24−27.

This virtual conference is being offered free of charge, is available for anyone to participate, and will include content of interest for all members of the surgical quality and safety team, including practicing surgeons, young Fellows, residents, international members, nurses, registrars, and more. From quality improvement basics, to value-based care, to an overview of ACS Quality Programs, to specialty-specific sessions on areas including cancer and trauma, to timely topics such as quality and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be something for everyone. The 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL will offer this content in a variety of compelling video presentations, live and on-demand, along with an opportunity to engage in a live chat with session presenters.

Visit the conference web page for more information and to register.

Calling All Future Trauma Leaders: Apply by August 31

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) is accepting applications for the Future Trauma Leaders (FTL) program now through August 31, 2020.

The FTL program is a unique way for the ACS COT to offer an in-depth training and mentoring opportunity to junior trauma and acute care surgeons not more than five years out from fellowship completion. A competitive application process (advertised in fall to the COT and American Association for the Surgery of Trauma/Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma/Western Trauma Association members) will be used to solicit candidates to participate in an exciting two-year program. In return, the COT will benefit from the work product delivered from the participants’ surgical assignments and committee participation. Apply today.

YFA Annual Mentorship Team Program Accepting Applications through July 20

The Young Fellows Association (YFA) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is seeking applications from Fellows of the College interested in applying for the year-long YFA Mentorship Program. Mentorship relationships play a key role in advancing one’s professional and personal goals and having more than one mentor can be even more effective. To that end, the YFA created the Mentorship Team Program.

Mentoring teams are composed of the following:

  • Early career surgeon. An Associate Fellow (an ACS member out of training but not yet a Fellow) or a young Fellow (an ACS Fellow younger than age 45) in practice less than five years, who will serve as a mentee in this triad
  • Mid-level career surgeon. A young Fellow who might mentor the early-career surgeon and a mentee alongside an advanced professional
  • Advanced professional. An ACS Fellow who holds a leadership position within the ACS or who has been practicing for more than 10 years

The mentorship relationship will extend from October 2020 through October 2021. We are seeking both mentors and mentees. Visit the YFA web page for more details and to access links to the mentor and mentee applications.

For details, contact Alison Powers at apowers@facs.org.

Submit Nominations for Two 2020 ACS Resident Awards by July 10

The deadline to submit nominations for two 2020 American College of Surgeons resident awards—the 2020 ACS Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching and the Jameson L. Chassin, MD, FACS, Award for Professionalism in General Surgery—is July 10, 2020.

The 2020 ACS Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching is presented annually and recognizes teaching excellence to further emphasize teaching as an important part 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. Visit the ACS Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching page for more details.

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 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 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. Visit the Chassin Award page for details.

Contact ResidentAwards@facs.org with any questions about these two awards. Note: The winning residents need not appear in person to receive these awards.

Tributes and Congratulations

ACS Governor David Welsh, MD, FACS, Elected to AMA Council on Science and Public Health

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) offers its congratulations to David Welsh, MD, FACS, general surgeon and ACS Governor from Indiana, who recently was elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Science and Public Health. Dr. Welsh now serves on the Executive Council of this committee.

Dr. Welsh is a study in leadership, having served two terms as an ACS Governor and remaining active in the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC—the College’s political action committee. He also chairs the governing council of the Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS). Dr. Welsh practices in Batesville, IN, a town of 6,700 people. He serves as the Public Health Officer in Ripley County (population 25,000) as well.

The ACS supported Dr. Welsh’s election, which has added to the voice of surgeons in AMA leadership and is critical in providing the surgical perspective on policy issues the AMA’s consideration. Dr. Welsh has said that his work with the ACS has been of immense help to him personally. Through his years of these volunteer activities, Dr. Welsh has developed a state, national, and international network of friends and colleagues. The ACS salutes this small-town, rural surgeon, who through a generous donation of time and talent is making a difference far beyond the borders of his practice.

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Openings for Breast Surgeon, General Surgeon, and Academic General Surgeon

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Community Health Network | Indianapolis, IN
Breast Surgery Medical Director

Carle Physician Group | Olney, IL
General Surgeon

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center | Lubbock, TX
BE/BC Academic Surgeon with training in Bariatric or MIS

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