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Participation in Virtual Clinical Congress 2020 Program Qualifies You for More Than 220 FREE CME Credits

Clinical Congress 2020 Dates Extended - October 3-7The Virtual 2020 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons will span five days—Saturday, October 3, through Wednesday, October 7. The Program Committee, under the leadership of Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), has created the blueprint for this five-day program from the sessions previously approved for this Clinical Congress. The program includes Named Lectures, Panel Sessions, Symposium of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, Special Sessions, Forum Sessions, Video-based Education Sessions and Meet-the-Expert Sessions. Didactic Courses, Skills Courses and Town Halls will not be offered this year. Experts from a variety of different fields will address important and timely topics through effective presentations. The sessions on Saturday and Sunday are especially designed to address the needs of surgical trainees and medical students.

The Clinical Congress Program will offer a total of 223 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ that may be claimed following participation in this five-day program or through review of the content for a period of time after these five days. The Continuing Medical Education Credits also will fulfill a range of regulatory mandates, including state requirements for re-licensure. Programs that meet these requirements will address antimicrobial stewardship, cultural competency, domestic violence, end-of-life care, ethics, opioid/pain management, palliative care and patient safety.

The ACS is offering the Virtual 2020 Clinical Congress free of charge to attendees. We invite you to participate in this unique Virtual Clinical Congress and to avail yourself of the exciting educational opportunities.

For additional information about the program, contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, at and Richard V. King, PhD, at

Program Directors Gain Insights into the Decision-Making Skills of Entering Residents through the ACS ERRA Program

ACS Entering Resident Readiness AssessmentThe American College of Surgeons Division of Education has developed a novel online program, ACS Entering Resident Readiness Assessment, to assess the clinical decision-making skills of entering surgery residents through the use of case simulations. The unique key features approach is used to assess decision-making skills with psychometric rigor. ACS ERRA addresses 20 clinical topics through 40 short clinical cases that include 100 critical clinical decisions that entering surgery residents are likely to encounter. The results of this formative assessment provide the percentage correct in each topic area for the individual residents, for the program as a whole and in aggregate form for comparison with other participating programs. These assessments are valuable in defining residents’ strengths and weaknesses, sharing valuable feedback and designing specific educational interventions that are tailored to the needs of individual surgery residents.

ACS ERRA launched three years ago and has been well received. Earlier this month, more than 630 surgery residents from 76 programs participated in ACS ERRA and received results of this assessment—a remarkable achievement given the challenges that programs had to negotiate to administer ACS ERRA in the COVID-19 pandemic.

For additional information, contact Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH, at or Melissa Gesbeck, PhD, at