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ACS Chapter News for International Chapters: January 24, 2017


On behalf of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Chapter Services, welcome to the January issue of ACS Chapter News! This publication provides key information about chapter activities on a quarterly basis. We encourage you to share relevant information in this newsletter with members of your chapter.

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

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).

ACS Scholarships & Awards

Applications for the Dr. Pon Fund extended to January 31

The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons is pleased to announce a special opportunity for international ACS Chapters provided by the Dr. Pon Satitpunwaycha Fund, known as the Dr. Pon Fund. The Dr. Pon Fund will allow international chapters to create a local educational course that includes faculty from the ACS. Details are posted online, and applications and questions should be directed to Kate Early at

Apply for International ACS NSQIP Scholarships by February 15

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) and the International Relations Committee are offering two scholarships in 2017 to surgeons from countries other than the U.S. or Canada who demonstrate a strong interest in surgical quality improvement. The scholarships, in the amount of $10,000 each, provide the scholars with an opportunity to attend the 2017 ACS Quality and Safety Improvement Conference, July 21–24, in New York, NY, and to meet with ACS NSQIP program leaders and surgeon champions from ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals. Applications are due February 15, 2017. View the complete requirements and online application form on the ACS website.

Nominations for 2017 Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards due February 28

The American College of Surgeons, 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.