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ACS Program Updates and Resources

ACS 2020 Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL Starts Friday—Register for Free Today!

2020 ACS Quality and Safety ConferenceThe 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference will begin this Friday, August 21, and run through Monday, August 24. Sessions will be offered daily 8:00 am–12:00 noon Central Time. View the final program and watch a brief video from Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, who explains what this FREE virtual event has to offer!

This conference offers something for everyone, including the following:

  • Free access to 600-plus presentations, individual speaker talks, panel discussions, fireside chats, abstract research and quality improvement presentations
  • Topics that cover quality, safety and reliable surgical care, as well as global health, leadership and communication, diversity, equity and inclusion and COVID-19
  • Interaction with experts in real time through chat during the conference

Conference content will be accessible in an easy-to-navigate platform via a one-click login, and all sessions will remain accessible post-event.

Complete your free registration today!

After registering, be sure to monitor your e-mail for information on how to access Quality and Safety Conference sessions and content.

Calling All Future Trauma Leaders: Apply Today

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is accepting applications for the Future Trauma Leaders program. Applications must be submitted by 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 out of surgical assignments and committee participation from the participant.

Surgeon-Scientists in Training: ACS Cancer Programs and Northwestern University’s SOQIC Announce Clinical Scholars Fellowship

The American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs, in conjunction with Northwestern University’s Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center, is offering a National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute T32-funded, two-year, on-site fellowship in oncologic surgical outcomes, health services, and health policy research for surgical residents and postdoctoral trainees.

The ACS Clinical Scholars conduct research, integrate into ACS committees and lead aspects of various ACS programs and initiatives, thus providing comprehensive, unparalleled exposure to the College’s work in research, quality, policy and advocacy. Residents can have an interest in any area of oncology, including general surgical oncology, colorectal, thoracic, breast, endocrine, transplant surgery and so on.

The program has trained more than 20 surgical residents over the last 15 years. Previous ACS Clinical Scholars frequently have presented at prestigious national conferences, published in high-impact journals (including JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine), led key initiatives for the ACS and gone on to careers as surgeon-scientists.  

The ACS Clinical Scholars will work with mentors at the College and Northwestern’s SOQIC, as well as experts from around the country. Karl Bilimoria, MD, MS, FACS, is the lead for the T32 and the Program Director for ACS Clinical Scholars. The scholars also will be mentored by Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, and Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS, Medical Director, ACS Cancer Programs. Research fellows will earn an advanced degree in an area compatible with their career interests through one of the programs offered at Northwestern, most often a master’s degree in health services and outcomes research. Tuition will be fully funded by the program.

Preference will be given to candidates with previous research experience. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or residents. Contact for pre-screening and to request an application or for details about the program.

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Openings for Pediatric General Surgeon (PA), Breast Surgeon (NJ), and Trauma Surgeon (IA)

With the American College of Surgeons 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.

St. Luke’s University Network | Bethlehem, PA
Pediatric General Surgeon

RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute| Long Branch, NJ
Breast Surgeon

MercyOne Cancer Center| Des Moines, IA
Trauma Surgeon

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