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Resilience in the Pursuit of Excellence: The Theme of ACS Clinical Congress 2021

ACS President J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM, has selected Resilience in the Pursuit of Excellence as this year's Clinical Congress theme—a timely and appropriate message in the current health care climate. The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has required all of us to adapt to new and difficult circumstances, and to adjust the ways we work, communicate, and continue our lifelong learning pursuits.

Clinical Congress 2021 will once again be held virtually over a five-day period, from October 23–27, 2021. The Program Committee and the ACS Division of Education have created a robust Scientific Program that will include a series of Named Lectures by world-renowned experts in their respective fields, over 100 Panel sessions, nearly 75 Scientific Forum sessions, a wide variety of Video-Based Education sessions, as well as Meet-the-Expert sessions. In addition, attendees will have access to the Video Hall and ePoster Hall. New this year, the College is offering five Didactic Postgraduate Courses, as well as the didactic lectures of 13 Skills Postgraduate Courses (hands-on skills labs will not be offered this year).

Recorded sessions will remain available for viewing until September 2022 to those registered for the meeting. Over 200 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ may be claimed until February 1, 2022. You are encouraged to register early. We look forward to your active participation!

For additional information, contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE, at; Richard V. King, PhD, at; M. Jane Burns, MJHL, at; or Scott C. Miller, MEd, at

Clinical Congress 2021: Submit Research from Clinical Trials and Late-Breaking Abstracts by August 2

The ACS invites you to submit your scientific research from prospective clinical trials to be considered for a dedicated Scientific Forum session at the virtual ACS Clinical Congress 2021, October 23–27.

This session is designed to highlight practice-changing clinical research relevant to the surgeon. The research must be original or previously presented within the past six months and of sufficient scientific and practice importance to be considered for this session.

Review the Late-Breaking Abstract Submissions Guidelines before submitting your abstract.

Submit your abstract

Late-breaking abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 pm CT on August 2. Individuals will be notified of acceptance in late September. Contact with any questions.