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Less Than Two Week Until Clinical Congress 2020—Register Today!

Clinical Congress 2020 Dates Extended - October 3-7Registration for the FREE ACS Clinical Congress 2020, October 3–7, is open! The five-day program will include Named Lectures, Panel Sessions, the Symposium of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, Special Sessions, Scientific Forum Sessions, Video-Based Education Sessions, and Meet-the-Expert Sessions. Experts from a variety of fields will address important and timely topics through these effective presentations.

View the Program-At-a-Glance to plan out your sessions of interest!

Don’t forget to take advantage of the more than 200 free AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ available for claiming after the conference and that will remain available through the end of January 2021. The Continuing Medical Education credits also will satisfy regulatory mandates, including state requirements for re-licensure.

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Young Surgeons: Check Out Weekend Programming

Young surgeons will want to tune in to weekend programming for sessions tailored to their interests and needs. The Medical Student Program October 3 will include sessions on how COVID-19 is affecting medical education, transitioning into residency, presentation of ePoster winners and more; and the Surgery Resident Program October 4 will feature programming on physician jobs and contracts; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and building your financial future, among other topics.

Also on October 4, make sure to view the RAS-ACS Symposium: Resident Unionization: Future of Resident Advocacy or Deterioration of Our Profession? This exciting annual Panel Session will have resident surgeons debating both sides of the important, timely topic. Read the Symposium teaser essay.

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2020 Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum to be Dedicated to Dr. Timothy J. Eberlein, at Clinical Congress

The dedication of the 2020 Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum will take place 9:00 am Central time October 6 at the upcoming ACS Clinical Congress. The ACS Forum Committee, under the leadership of Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, has selected Timothy Eberlein, MD, FACS, ACS Regent, to receive this great honor for his accomplishments as a surgeon-scientist and his mentorship of numerous surgery faculty and surgical trainees.

Dr. Eberlein is a preeminent academic surgeon who has made significant scientific advances throughout his career. Dr. Eberlein serves as the Bixby Professor and Chair of the department of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. He also is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Last year, Dr. Eberlein was selected as a Member of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, a mark of the highest levels of achievement in education. The ACS congratulates Dr. Eberlein for being selected as the 2020 Forum Dedicatee.

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

Clinical Congress Panel Session to Address Use of Antibiotics for Appendicitis

A Clinical Congress 2020 Panel Session on an important topic—Antibiotics for Appendicitis? What the Results from the CODA Trial Mean for Your Practice (PS325)—is set for 10:00 am Central time October 5. Speakers for this session will include David R. Flum, MD, FACS; Giana H. Davidson, MD, FACS; Dionne A. Skeete, MD, FACS; Sabrina E. Sanchez, MD, FACS; Katherine Fischkoff, MD; and Daniel A. DeUgarte, MD, FACS. This timely session will highlight the use of antibiotics for the treatment of acute appendicitis. An update will be provided on the evidence surrounding antibiotics for the treatment of appendicitis in anticipation of the results of the first large-scale U.S. trial, the Comparison of Outcomes of Drugs and Appendectomy (CODA) trial. Experts will discuss the role of antibiotics for appendicitis with a focus on how a change in management of this common condition will impact patients, surgeons, and health care systems. This session will help attendees navigate the evolving evidence on the management of appendicitis.

The ACS is offering Clinical Congress 2020 free to attendees. We invite you to participate in this unique virtual conference and to take advantage of its exciting educational opportunities. Register today!

For additional information about the ACS Clinical Congress program, contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, at; Richard V. King, PhD, at; or M. Jane Burns, MJHL, at