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What Were Attendees Watching at Clinical Congress 2020? Check Out Some of the Most-Attended Sessions

Access Clinical Congress 2020The virtual Clinical Congress 2020 offers hundreds of hours of surgical education content—all still available on-demand until December 31 with free registration—and there are topics of interest for all surgeons, of all specialties, at all levels of experience. Interested in what some of the most-watched sessions have been (to date) for this year's conference? Check out the following five well-attended Panel Sessions to see just some of what piqued attendee's interest this year.

PS313. Diverticulitis: Debunking the Multitude of Myths!
There are numerous myths or surgical dogma or traditions that affect a surgeon's potential management of diverticulitis patients, including issues such as diet or dietary restrictions, numbers of episodes and indications for surgery, the use of minimally invasive surgery, and more. This session takes into consideration the most recent data and recommendations and debunks many myths.

PS315. Laparoscopic Management of Intra-Abdominal Complications
Intra-abdominal complications continue to occur despite the best surgical care, including after both open and minimally invasive approaches. Management of these complications can often be performed in a minimally invasive manner. This session discusses laparoscopic management of small bowel obstructions, anastomotic leaks, intra-abdominal abscesses, incisional hernias and parastomal hernias.

PS325. Antibiotics for Appendicitis? What the Results from the CODA Trial Mean for Your Practice
This session provides an update 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 debate the role of antibiotics for appendicitis with a focus on how a change in management of this common condition will impact patients, surgeons and the health care system.

PS413. How To Do a Difficult Gallbladder
This session defines "difficulty" in cholecystectomy. Technical details for safe performance of both laparoscopic and open gallbladder operations under difficult operative conditions are the focus of this session. Community surgery perspectives regarding difficulty are highlighted.

PS335. Appendicitis: Current Controversies
Current treatment of appendicitis includes nonoperative management. Consequently, recurrent appendicitis and misdiagnosis can be an issue. This panel discusses nonoperative management risk of recurrence of potential oncologic diagnoses and other non-appendiceal diagnoses of right lower quadrant pain.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Application Fee for ACS Membership Waived until December 1!

Did you attend the virtual Clinical Congress 2020 as a nonmember and have an interest in joining the College? Good news—the College is waiving application fees for Fellow and Associate Fellow membership through December 1, 2020! The College has extended the special application period this year in recognition of and gratitude for the surgical community.

View all of the benefits of joining the ACS and make sure to apply by December 1.

Visit the Clinical Congress 2020 ACS Central Shop by October 21 and Bring Part of the Virtual Meeting Home

Clinical Congress attendees—did you see any interesting ACS publications mentioned in your sessions that you want to purchase? Perhaps you are interested in commemorating your time at this virtual event? Visit the ACS Central Shop by October 21 to order some ACS-branded items or educational material. From Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety (the Red Book) to ACS lab coats/surgical caps to ACS gift items to much more—the ACS Central Shop has something for everyone.

Registration Is Now Open for the FREE Virtual TQIP Annual Meeting!

Register for the TQIP Annual MeetingRegistration is now open for the virtual 2020 ACS Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP®) Annual Scientific Meeting and Training, December 7–10—and like the ACS Quality and Safety Conference and the Clinical Congress, this virtual event is completely FREE to attend!

This meeting brings together trauma medical directors, program managers, coordinators, and registrars from participating and prospective TQIP hospitals and provides an online venue in which to interact with key leaders from trauma centers around the country, in addition to networking with fellow trauma professionals and sharing best practices. Your registration will include access to the virtual meeting, including general sessions, panel sessions, abstract presentations, virtual Poster Gallery and virtual Exhibit Hall. These sessions will include programming from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Central time each day. Registration will also include on-demand access to this content for a period of 60 days following the meeting.

What are you waiting for? Register today!

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Openings for Department of Surgery Chair, General Surgeon and Thoracic Surgeon

With the American College of Surgeons 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.

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Chair, Department of Surgery  

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General Surgeon

University of Arizona and Banner University Medical Group | Tucson, AZ
Thoracic Surgeon

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