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ACS Program Updates, Resources and Announcements

Plan Your Clinical Congress Experience with the ACS Interactive Program Planner

Clinical Congress 2020Want to get a head start on planning your personalized conference experience for the virtual ACS Clinical Congress 2020? Check out the ACS Clinical Congress Interactive Program Planner!

If you already have registered for Clinical Congress 2020, log in to the planner using your badge number and last name. After that, you can select the sessions you want to attend at this year's meeting. Search by keyword or use the filters to browse and select the sessions you want to attend; simply click on a session and choose "Add to My Playlist." When Clinical Congress begins, these sessions will be automatically added to the "My Playlist" tab on the Clinical Congress virtual platform.

And if you haven't registered—what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this year's FREE Clinical Congress. View the sessions in the ACS Clinical Congress Interactive Program Planner to see all that this year's meeting offers. Then choose the "Register Here" link, complete your registration, and return to the Interactive Program Planner to choose the sessions you don't want to miss during the meeting.

The planner will be available until 11:00 pm CT October 2. When the meeting begins on October 3, you will be able to view your playlist when you log on to the Clinical Congress 2020 virtual platform. From there, continue to add to your playlist on the virtual platform. Watch our tutorial on how to use the Interactive Program Planner.

Training Tomorrow's Surgeons Today: Participate in the Medical Student Program at Clinical Congress

The virtual ACS Clinical Congress 2020 is not just for practicing surgeons, residents, or other members of surgical teams—medical students should plan to participate in the Medical Student Program, 9:00–11:30 am CT Saturday, October 3, which is designed to address some of your unique concerns.

Along with the rest of the Clinical Congress, the Medical Student Program is offered entirely FREE. Featured presentations of this program include the following:

  • The Medemic Update: Effects of the Pandemic on Medical Education
  • Resident Panel: Transitioning into Residency
  • Becoming a Teacher
  • Residency Interviewing Online: Looking Good from the Waist Up!
  • Medical Student Program e-Poster Winners

The top 45 Medical Student Program e-Posters will be available on demand and represent the categories of Basic Science, Clinical Science, and Education, Innovation and Outcomes.

Although there is no registration fee, all attendees must register online to gain access to Clinical Congress sessions. Your registration will include access to the virtual Clinical Congress, including the Medical Student Program, the Medical Student e-Posters, and all other programming. Registration also will include on-demand access to this content through at least the end of the year.

Register today!

Surgeons Involved in Compounding Pharmaceutical Products—FDA Needs Your Help for 30-Minute Interview

The University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation, in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is conducting research and outreach to solicit input from the public, including medical specialists, to better understand the use of certain bulk drug substances nominated for use in compounding by outsourcing facilities under section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

We are interested in how drugs compounded with these bulk drug substances have historically been used and how they currently are used in clinical practice. The research will assist the FDA in its development of a list of bulk drug substances that outsourcing facilities can use in compounding under section 503B of the Act. For more information, visit the FDA website.

To participate, contact Ashlee Mattingly at We are hoping to schedule approximately30-minute interviews with surgeons to get their input on how different drugs are used in their practice.

Read the American College of Surgeons Executive Director Report

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive Director, submitted an annual report on the College's activities to the Board of Regents, the Officers, and the Past-Presidents, as required under the ACS Bylaws.

This report provides information on the major activities carried out by ACS staff and volunteers from August 2019 to August 2020. It points to accomplishments and to the areas in which the ACS is striving to better meet the needs of surgeons and their patients.

Read the full report

Don't Miss! ACS Clinical Congress 2020 Tweet Chat Thursday at 6:00 pm CT

Mark your calendars for a Tweet Chat on all things ACS Clinical Congress 2020 this Thursday, October 1,6:00-7:00 pm CT. Participate in live conversation with co-moderators Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), ACS Regent and Director, Digestive Disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, and Andrew Watson, MLitt, MD, FACS, Vice-President, Clinical Information Technology Transformation, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA. They will highlight key sessions and answer your questions, and we welcome your participation. Follow along live.

Don’t Miss! ACS Clinical Congress 2020 Tweet Chat Thursday at 6:00 pm CT

Surgical Quality and Safety Rely on Institutional Leadership, Resources, and Culture

A comprehensive literature review validates principles underlying the ACS Quality Verification Program's Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality

Hospital resources and infrastructure dedicated to improving quality and safety are essential for achieving safe and high-quality surgical outcomes. A comprehensive review of four key principles of the ACS Quality Verification Program demonstrates the importance of an overall hospital culture of quality and safety, including top- and mid-level, quality-focused leadership and a committee dedicated to quality improvement. Results of the review are published as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print.

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Discover More Sessions You Might Have Missed at the Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL

2020 ACS Quality and Safety ConferenceThe virtual ACS Clinical Congress 2020 is right around the corner, but don't forget to check out any of the sessions you might have missed from the FREE ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL while they are available to view. Registration remains open and is completely free—sign up or log in today to catch up on any sessions you might have missed, including the following sessions of potential interest:

FSC13. Fireside Chat with Martin A. Makary, MD, MPH, FACS, Interviewed by Matthew Hutter, MD, MBA, MPH, FACS

Drs. Makary and Hutter are two recognized thought leaders in surgery. Listen as they talk about the current COVID-19 crisis, and Dr. Makary discusses how to obtain and interpret meaningful information during and after the crisis.

PS17. A Practical Guide to a Quality Improvement Project: From Start to Finish

This session uses a concrete example to demonstrate how a novice might identify a QI project, get started using standard QI processes and tools and move the needle forward.

FSC05. Fireside Chat with Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, Interviewed by Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, FCCM

In this discussion, 2019–2020 ACS President Dr. Rusch shares her thoughts on how to achieve better quality, optimal care, and improved outcomes across all surgical specialties with Dr. Ferrada, Chair of the ACS Young Fellows Association.

PS38. A Shared Experience: MBSAQIP Surgeon Site Reviewers

In this session, experienced MBSAQIP surgeon reviewers discusses what makes a QI project a "quality" project, their "why" as to how the site visit process assists their professional growth, and the growth of their own metabolic and bariatric surgery programs.

FSC11. Fireside Chat with Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCSc, Interviewed by Jacqueline Saito, MD, MSCI, FACS

In this conversation, Dr. Farmer shares her experiences as a successful researcher, a surgery department chair, and ACS Regent with Dr. Saito. In addition, she discusses her experience at one of the first hospitals to participate in the ACS Children's Surgery Verification Program.

PS06. Geriatric Surgery Verification: The Big Picture

The population is rapidly aging, and older adults are anticipated to have growing surgical needs. The Geriatric Surgery Verification Program aims to address this health care challenge by equipping hospitals with 30 essential standards for providing optimal geriatric surgical care. This session focuses on the unique features of the GSV Program and their importance to the overall surgical experience for older adults.

Make sure to watch these sessions and more by October 31.

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Openings for General/Trauma Surgeon, General/Breast Surgeon, and Academic Surgeons

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.

Summit Medical Group | Bend, OR
General /Trauma Surgeon

Gundersen Health System | La Crosse, WI
General/Breast Surgeon

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center | Lubbock, TX
Academic Surgery Positions

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