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ACS Chapter News for Domestic Chapters: February 1, 2018


Welcome to the first issue of the ACS Chapter News for 2018! This quarterly newsletter provides key information for American College of Surgeons (ACS) chapter officers and administrators, and you are encouraged to share relevant content with members of your chapter. This issue contains information about the Leadership & Advocacy Summit, the Chapter Officer Leadership Program, scholarship opportunities, and more.

As always, please provide me with any feedback regarding the newsletter, and let me know if there is specific information you would like to see communicated in future issues. Past issues of ACS Chapter News are archived on the ACS website.

Thank you,

Luke Moreau
Manager, Domestic Chapter Services

Chapter Opportunities & Updates

Chapter Annual Reports Due Today January 31

The 2017 Annual Reports are due to the College no later than January 31. The Annual Report covers the 2017 calendar year and can be accessed and completed online.Completing the Annual Report is mandatory.

Chapter leaders will receive a customized report that compares their chapter with the aggregate data of all domestic chapters once the reports have been analyzed. Data collected from this report also 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.

Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Registration Now Open

The American College of Surgeons will host our seventh annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit, May 19–22 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The Summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provide volunteer leaders and advocates with the skills and tools they need to be effective in their roles.

Register by Monday, April 23 to take advantage of the early bird rate!

February 23 Deadline for Summit Resident Travel Award

The ACS is pleased to again offer a limited number of scholarships to the College’s Resident members who are interested in attending the upcoming Leadership & Advocacy Summit. This scholarship award will cover up to $500 in housing and transportation costs. The award also may include your registration fees, but it may NOT cover food/beverage charges since meals are provided at the conference. You must be a U.S. Resident member in good standing with the ACS to be eligible.

Submission details are available online, or you can contact D’Arcey Johnson at or 202-337-2701 for further information. Applications are due Friday, February 23.

Save the Date: Chapter Officer Leadership Program

The second annual Chapter Officer Leadership Program (COLP) will again be held in conjunction with the Leadership & Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 19. COLP is an important component of our strategy to support chapters. The program is designed to provide chapter officers with the tools they need to succeed as chapter leaders, and to provide them with an opportunity to network and share best practices with colleagues in similar roles. COLP is open to all chapter officers; however, it is encouraged that new presidents or presidents-elect attend. Registration and program details will be available soon. ACS will cover one night hotel stay for one officer of each chapter that attends.

Visit the COLP website for the 2017 program.

Chapter Activities & Initiatives

Reminder: Notify the College about Your Chapter Event

At minimum, chapters should be conducting an annual meeting that includes educational and networking opportunities for members, as well as activities for resident and medical student engagement. It is important to inform the College about future chapter events so we can post the information on the Chapter Meetings page of the ACS website, as well as help chapters market their events. For assistance planning your annual meeting and other chapter events, please refer to the Event Planning section of the Chapter Guidebook.

The Committees on Applicants

The Committees on Applicants will be conducting interviews of prospective Fellows from March through May, and chapters will be receiving lists of the applicants in their area within the next six weeks. There have been some recent revisions to the Committees on Applicants structure. Watch the 20-minute video or download the slides to learn more about these changes and how your chapter can get more involved. For more information about Committees on Applicants, please contact Candace Church, Supervisor, Committee on Applicants, at 312-202-5274 or

ACS Case Reviews in Surgery Chapter Competition

The ACS is pleased to announce a new initiative that chapters can implement to encourage Resident members to become involved in their local chapter and the College.

The recently launched ACS Case Reviews in Surgery (ACS Case Reviews) publishes case reports in various surgical specialties six times a year. Chapters are encouraged to hold “case study contests” for residents and Fellows. As per submission guidelines, residents can submit to ACS Case Reviews if an ACS Fellow is included as one of the case report authors. Chapters would judge submitted entries, and the winner of the competition would receive guaranteed review of the publication in ACS Case Reviews and a free one-year subscription to the journal (annual subscriptions are $125 with CME Credit and $75 without CME Credit).

Questions about the ACS Case Reviews in Surgery Chapter Competition can be directed to Whitney Greer, Managing Editor, Selected Readings in General Surgery and ACS Case Reviews in Surgery, at or 312-202-5698.

Chapter Lobby Day Grants Announced

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has awarded a record 23 grants in the 2018 ACS Chapter Lobby Day Grant Program. The grants are used to assist ACS Chapters with implementation of state legislative activities for the year, including hosting or sponsoring a day at state capitols, which provide surgeons with an opportunity to meet with legislators.

In addition to the 22 standard grants being awarded, an enhanced advocacy grant was awarded to the Florida, Jacksonville, and South Florida Chapters to use toward a comprehensive state legislative campaign and lobby day. Other chapter grant recipients include Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; Brooklyn-Long Island and New York; Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego; Connecticut; Georgia; Indiana; Kansas; Louisiana; Massachusetts; Metro Chicago and Illinois; Michigan; Nebraska; North Carolina; Ohio; Oregon; Tennessee; North Texas and South Texas; Virginia; Washington; and Wisconsin.

For more information about the ACS Chapter Lobby Day Grant Program, contact Christopher Johnson, State Affairs Associate, at

Fellowships & Awards

Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship

The ACS is now accepting applications for the 2018 Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship. This program provides up to three awards of $5,000 each to subsidize the participation of a U.S. or Canadian Fellow or Associate Fellow serving a small community. Awardees will either attend Clinical Congress 2018, in Boston, MA, or may propose a plan for additional training or research appropriate to a rural surgeon. Requirements for this award are posted online, and questions and completed applications should be directed to the ACS Scholarships Administrator at or 312-202-5281. The application deadline is March 1.

ACS Surgical History Fellowship

The Surgical History Group (SHG) of the American College of Surgeons is pleased to announce an exciting initiative to support research in surgical history. A $2,000 stipend will be awarded to support research in surgical history that uses the archival resources of the ACS, which includes the records of the ACS in Chicago, IL, and the Orr Collection in Omaha, NE. Funds are unrestricted and can be used for travel, lodging, and other expenses associated with study in Chicago and Omaha. The stipend is open to members of the ACS.

Instructions and application information can be found on the ACS Archives website. For more information, please contact Meghan Kennedy, ACS Archivist, at Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Around the College

Nominate a Colleague for an ACS Surgical Volunteerism or Humanitarian Award

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, Inc., has begun accepting nominations for the 2018 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards. These annual awards recognize surgeons who have made significant contributions to communities in need of surgical aid, be that through organized volunteer activities or through the dedication of a significant portion of their surgical career to the underserved or a retirement characterized by surgical outreach. Submit nominations online. All nominations must be received by February 28, 2018. For more information, contact or visit the awards web page.

Nominations for ACS Board of Regents, Officers-Elect Due February 23

The 2018 Nominating Committee of the Fellows (NCF) and the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors (NCBG) will be selecting nominees for leadership positions in the College.

Call for Nominations for Officers-Elect

The 2018 NCF will select nominees for the three Officer-Elect positions of the ACS: President-Elect, First Vice-President-Elect, and Second Vice-President-Elect.

Call for Nominations for Board of Regents

The 2018 NCBG will select nominees for pending vacancies on the Board of Regents to be filled at Clinical Congress 2018.

Further details about the nomination process can be found in the Bulletin. If you have any questions, contact Emily Kalata at 312-202-5360 or

ACS Releases Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

The ACS is pleased to announce that Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety is now available for purchase. This manual is intended to serve as a trusted resource for surgical leaders seeking to improve patient care in their institutions, departments, and practices. It introduces key concepts in quality, safety, and reliability and explores the essential elements that all hospitals should have in place to ensure the delivery of patient-centered care.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety is available for $44.95 (includes shipping) for single copies (up to a quantity of nine) or $39.95 (includes shipping) for per copy for 10 copies or more on the ACS website.

Call for Abstracts and Videos for Clinical Congress

The Call for Abstracts and Videos for Clinical Congress 2018, October 21–25 in Boston, MA, is now open. You may submit abstracts for the Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum or videos for the Video-Based Education Sessions online. The last day to submit abstracts and videos is Thursday, March 1 at 5:00 pm (CST).