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ACS Clinical Congress 2020 Updates

Virtual ACS Clinical Congress 2020 a Phenomenal Success—Entire Content and CME Credits Available through December 31

Don't miss the chance to earn 200+ CME Credits with Clinical CongressThe recent virtual ACS Clinical Congress 2020 was a remarkable success! More than 30,000 people—nearly 16,000 of whom were international—registered to participate in this free surgical education event, which offered attendees cutting-edge content that focused on the latest scientific advances in surgery, contemporary surgical practice, systems of surgical care, quality and outcomes, leadership, patient safety, surgical education, and more. And the entire content of the virtual Clinical Congress and the opportunity to earn more than 200 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ will be available through December 31, 2020!

The program included Named Lectures, the Symposium of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, Special Sessions on timely topics, Panel Sessions, Scientific Forum Sessions, Video-based Education Sessions, Posters, and sessions aimed at surgical trainees and medical students. The different formats were aimed at facilitating learning and supporting the transfer of new knowledge and skills to surgical practice. The on-demand system allows selection and saving of sessions of interest for future access based on learning needs.

Preliminary feedback from attendees shows that the virtual Clinical Congress retained all of the quality of the in-person conference, and even had its own unique strengths. Evaluations from the participants revealed that 93 percent of the respondents rated the quantity of content as Excellent or Very Good; 91 percent rated the quality of content as Excellent or Very Good; and 92 percent of the respondents rated the variety of content as Excellent or Very Good (n=1,735).

The attendees had glowing comments about the virtual Clinical Congress, including the following:

  • Excellent variety, depth of subjects, expert speakers, friendly faces, high-quality presentations.
  • It is effective since it let you surf through the different types of presentations, posters, panels, and conferences in a very easy and intuitive way. It has really good content in general.
  • Some very interesting topics and talks this year and the virtual format was great.
  • The best part was the ability to view the sessions at your own pace. I think that even when we can have these meetings in-person once again, we should retain the virtual component to reach a wider audience and allow people to see ALL the content they want.
  • It gives attendees some flexibility, thus more time to explore a variety of very interesting topics that are sometimes  simultaneously presented that could have been missed in actual in-person meetings.
  • I hope that those of us who can no longer attend future ACS meetings because of health issues, can perhaps attend online. I thought that the vast majority of the lectures were very worthwhile. Thank you all for your efforts to create the program.
  • Liked the short duration of the talks.
  • Well-organized, concise learning models.
  • Access to December is appreciated.
  • A diverse array of relevant topics.
  • Very saturated with information, liked the short duration of talks, which I could watch anytime. Very informative.
  • It was effective especially for surgeons like us from lower economies where we were able to learn from esteemed colleagues around the world.
  • Virtual ACS allowed me to bookmark sessions and watch sandwiched within my work requirements. However, I really missed the social aspect and networking.
  • It is my first time to attend ACS Clinical Congress from Kosovo and I learned a lot. Thank you!
  • The events and education program were perfectly planned; I had enough time to watch lectures and learn.
  • Playlist was awesome.
  • Good platform; no technical errors.
  • The whole Congress is amazing.
  • A superb success.

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

Surgeons Watch the Virtual Clinical Congress 2020 In Their Own Ways

The virtual Clinical Congress 2020 allowed unprecedented flexibility for participants to experience this surgical education event in their own way.

Vijay Naraynsingh, MBBS, FACS (Hon), ACS Governor from Trinidad & Tobago Chapter, explained that he invited a group of surgeons to his home, after each attendee tested negative for COVID-19, to watch Clinical Congress 2020 and socialize among a small network. And some experienced the joy of being inducted as ACS Fellows during the Convocation surrounded by their families (see below).