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ACS Chapter News for Domestic Chapters: January 24, 2017


On behalf of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Chapter Services, welcome to the inaugural issue of ACS Chapter News! We will be using this newsletter to convey key information to you about chapter activities on a quarterly basis. I encourage you to share relevant information in this newsletter with members of your chapter.

Please provide me with any feedback regarding the newsletter format, and let me know if there is specific information you would like to see communicated in future issues.

Thank you,

Luke Moreau
Manager, Domestic Chapter Services

Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Registration Now Open

Join more than 400 College leaders, ACS members, residents, medical students, and Chapter Executive Directors/Administrators for the 2017 ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit. Learn more about this important event on the ACS website.

Scholarship Opportunity: Summit Resident Travel Award

The College is pleased to offer again this year a limited number of scholarships to ACS Resident Members who are interested in attending the upcoming Leadership & Advocacy Summit. This travel award will cover up to $500 in housing and transportation costs. Interested residents should review the application process for more information about this exciting award.

Chapter Officer Leadership Program and Executive Learning Event

The Chapter Officer Leadership Program and Executive Learning Event will be held in conjunction with the Leadership & Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 6. The morning session is open to all domestic chapter officers; however, recently elected Presidents or Presidents-Elect are encouraged to attend.

Chapter executives/administrators will join the officers for lunch and the afternoon portion of the event. Information about the program will be available soon.

ACS Scholarships & Awards

Nominations for 2017 Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards due February 28

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2017 Surgical Volunteerism Award(s) and Surgical Humanitarian Award. The nomination website is now open and can be accessed through the Operation Giving Back (OGB) section of the ACS website. For more information, contact OGB at All nominations must be received by February 28, 2017.

Apply by March 1 for the Nizar N. Oweida Scholarship

Applications for the ACS Nizar N. Oweida Scholarship, which offers up to three awards of $5,000 each to subsidize participation in an ACS activity for a Fellow or Associate Fellow serving a small community, are due March 1, 2017. Awardees will attend either Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA, or propose a plan for additional training or research appropriate to a rural surgeon.

Find the requirements for this award on the College website. Questions and completed applications can be directed to the ACS Scholarships Administrator at For additional information, call 312-202-5281.

Hot Topics for Chapters

Survey of Chapter Activities for 2016

The Board of Governors Chapter Activities Domestic Workgroup has developed a survey to be completed by all domestic and international chapters to learn and share more about their activities during the 2016 calendar year. The survey was sent to chapter leadership in January, and the data collected will be used for planning purposes over the next year so that ACS resources and initiatives are targeted to areas that will be most beneficial to chapters and their members. Responses are requested no later than February 3, 2017.


Chapter Services is working on the 2017 edition of its popular webinar series. If there are chapter management issues that you are interested in learning more about, please send them to Laura Mazur at

Surgical Jeopardy 2.0

ACS Chapters can still request a copy of the new version of Surgical Jeopardy that was launched in November 2016. The new version includes:

  • Two new games presented in an easy-to-use, interactive PDF format
  • A printable, digital copy of the questions and answers
  • A digital copy of the handbook, which includes instructions on how to use the game flash drive and suggestions for how to set up your competition

Please e-mail Luke Moreau at to request a copy of Surgical Jeopardy 2.0.

Governor Audit

In a recent message from the Chair of the Board of Governors included in The Cutting Edge: News and Notes from the Board of Governors, Diana Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCS, announced that an audit was undertaken last year to evaluate the allocation of members of the Board of Governors and to address any imbalances that have occurred since the last audit. As a result, some new guidelines were suggested and approved to help clarify the conditions for an organization or chapter to gain (or lose) governor representation. Here are the new guidelines:

  • For specialty societies
    Societies must have 300 members who are also active ACS Fellows.
  • For chapters
    The first 500 active Fellows generate one Governor and one additional Governor for every 500 after that (for example, 501 Fellows = two governors; 1,001 Fellows = three Governors)

No current Governor will lose his or her position mid-term. Your chapter and organizational leadership will receive specific information about your representation in January 2017.

Call for Nominations for ACS Board of Regents and Officers-Elect

The 2017 Nominating Committee of the Fellows (NCF) and the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors (NCBG) will select nominees for the Board of Regents and Officers-Elect until February 24, 2017. Further details about the nomination process can be found in the January 2017 issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.

Call for Abstracts and Videos for Clinical Congress 2017

The Call for Abstracts and Videos for Clinical Congress 2017, October 22–26, in San Diego, CA, is now open. You may submit abstracts for the Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum or videos for the Video-Based Education Sessions.

The last day to submit abstracts and videos is Wednesday, March 1 at 5:00 pm (CST).

New and Improved Bylaws

We have just completed a thorough review and revision of the standard bylaws that all ACS Chapters should be using. You are requested to review the bylaws and compare them with your current bylaws. Several areas have been clarified, including the role of the ACS Governor and the role of the Chapter President. If you intend to make changes to your bylaws, those changes should be approved by your Chapter membership and submitted to Laura Mazur in the ACS office at