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Down to Business: ACS Program Updates and Resources

2020 ACS Quality and Safety ConferenceMiss Any Sessions at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL? Log In and View Them Today!

The ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL has come and gone, but all of its hours of quality improvement content are still available to view for registrants! Registration remains open and is completely free—sign up or log in today to catch up on any sessions you might have missed.

Some sessions of potential interest include the following—once you've logged in, click the provided links to be taken directly to the session:

FSC07. Fireside Chat with Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, Interviewed by Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS, FACS

Dr. Turner, Director of the ACS Division of Member Services, talks with Dr. Varghese, a recognized surgical quality leader, about her impressive leadership experience, particularly in times of change and crisis situations. Dr. Turner also discusses the link between quality and access to care.

PS14. Designing Infrastructure to Improve Quality

Lessons learned during the “Red Book” site visit for the upcoming ACS Quality Verification Program are shared by leaders in hospital-based quality and safety in surgery. The session provides tips to advance your own institutional approach.

FSC19. Fireside Chat with Oluwadamilola “Lola” Fayanju, MD, MA, MPHS, FACS, Interviewed by John H. Stewart IV, MD, FACS

Dr. Fayanju and Dr. Stewart are recognized academicians in American surgery. Listen to this important discussion of health care disparity, inequity, and access issues in which important questions, investigative findings, and paths forward are addressed.

PS47. Telemedicine in Surgery: New Opportunities from the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted patient access to surgical care. As reimbursement, privacy and licensure restrictions against telemedicine relaxed, surgeons who were primed to adopt telemedicine in their practice explored the limits of this method of care. Three surgeons with prior experience in the implementation of telehealth share their perspectives on the future of surgical telemedicine and where we should focus our attention.

FSC09. Fireside Chat with Eileen M. Bulger, MD, FACS, Interviewed by Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS

Dr. Bulger, Chair of the Committee on Trauma, and Dr. Stewart, Medical Director of ACS Trauma Programs, are both internationally recognized trauma and critical care surgeons. Listen to their discussion of some of the important efforts of the ACS COT, as well as some ongoing and upcoming Trauma initiatives.

PS34. Breast Cancer Operative Standards and Synoptic Operative Reports: Bringing the Evidence to Your Workflow

The session reviews evidence-based surgical techniques and the tools being developed for documenting best surgical practices for breast cancer. A panel of experts will discuss how to incorporate this information and surgical approaches into your daily practice and how it can lead to improved patient outcomes.

All these sessions and many more are still available on the conference website—register, log in, and get watching today.

Calling All Students of Surgical History: Register for ACS History of Surgery Community Annual Meeting

Interested in surgical history? Make sure to join the ACS History of Surgery Community for the annual meeting 4:30-6:00 pm Central time September 28 for updates from the ACS Archives, activities of the History and Archives Committee, and a presentation from the 2019–2020 Archives Fellow. Register here!

Register for the SSR MIPS 2020 Education Program and Earn CME Credits

The American College of Surgeons Surgeon Specific Registry™ is offering several educational webinars from August through November 2020 for surgeons who want to make the most of the SSR. Learn about new features in the SSR and how to review, reflect upon, and learn from your case data, whether you are new to the SSR or an experienced user.

Register for a 60-minute SSR webinar.

Learn About MIPS Reporting through ACS SSR MIPS 2020 Education Program

Surgeon Specific RegistryEligible surgeons can still sign up for participation in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Merit-based Incentive Payment System 2020. To assist surgeons with reporting MIPS 2020, the American College of Surgeons Surgeon Specific Registry is offering the MIPS 2020 Education Program, allowing surgeons to earn up to 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Learn more about the MIPS 2020 Education Program and claiming CME Credit in MIPS 2020.

CMS has approved the ACS SSR to provide MIPS 2020 participation as a Qualified Registry for the Quality and Improvement Activities components for the 2020 performance year. Verify your 2020 eligibility first using your individual National Provider Identifier number before signing up for MIPS 2020 Participation. Eligible MIPS 2020 participants can fully enter all data and review performance rates for MIPS 2020, and are encouraged to sign up now in the SSR. Visit the ACS website for more information on MIPS 2020. The deadline to submit your MIPS 2020 data through the SSR is January 6, 2021.

Surgeons are encouraged to enter SSR cases on a regular basis to track cases and outcomes continuously for surgical quality and practice improvements, as well as for participation in regulatory programs, including the American Board of Surgery Continuous Certification Program. In addition to using the SSR to fulfill the ABS requirement of participating in a practice improvement activity—a local, regional, or national outcomes registry or quality assessment program—the SSR can be used to electronically transfer your 12-month operative log to the ABS when required. View the SSR Operative Log Transfer instructional guide.

For any SSR programmatic questions, including MIPS participation, contact the ACS SSR Program at, or at 312-202-5408. For SSR technical questions or issues (password reset, account reactivation, and so on), contact Technical Support at, or at 877-600-7237 (toll-free).

Deadline Approaching: Apply Now for ACS Resident Research Scholarships

The ACS is offering two-year Resident Research Scholarships for eligible residents in general surgery or a surgical specialty. These scholarships are supported through the generosity of Fellows, ACS chapters and friends of the College to encourage residents to pursue careers in academic surgery. The final opportunity to apply for these scholarships is September 30, 2020.

Applicants must be Resident Members of the College who have completed two postdoctoral years in an accredited surgical training program in the U.S. or Canada at the time the scholarship is awarded—July 1, 2021—and will complete formal residency training in or after June 2023. The award is to support a research plan for the two years of the scholarship, July 2021−June 2023. Priority will be given to the projects of residents involved in full-time laboratory investigation.

Each scholarship is $30,000 per year; the total amount is to support the research of the recipient and may be used for salary or stipend, research materials and travel related to the research. The scholar is expected to attend the ACS Clinical Congress 2023 and report on the research as part of the Scientific Forum. The College encourages diversity of applicants and institutions; only in exceptional circumstances will more than one scholarship be granted in a single year to applicants from the same institution.

Applications and all supporting documents must be received by the September 30 deadline. Visit the scholarship web page for full details and to apply online.

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Openings for Trauma Medical Director, Acute Care Surgeon, and Pediatric 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.

Hartford HealthCare | Hartford, CT
Trauma Medical Director

St. Elizabeth Medical Center | Edgewood, KY
Acute Care Surgeon

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

Tailor your Surgery Career Connection search to target the opportunities of interest to you.