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ACS Chapter News for International Chapters: February 1, 2018


Welcome to the first issue of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Chapter News for 2018! This quarterly newsletter provides key information for ACS chapter leaders, and you are encouraged to share relevant content with members of your chapter. This issue contains important information about the International Fellowship applicant interview process, chapter Annual Reports, international scholarships, upcoming chapter events, and news from around the College.

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,

Brian Frankel
Manager, International Chapter Services

Hot Topics for Chapter Leaders

International Fellowship Applicant Interviews

As communicated previously in past issues of Chapter News, during Clinical Congress 2017, and through e-mails from ACS staff, the Board of Regents of the ACS approved an addition to the International Fellowship Requirements that necessitates an interview for all international surgeons who apply for Fellowship, beginning with applications being considered for induction in 2018. This change to the International Fellowship Requirements was made to ensure the thorough evaluation of an applicant based on his or her surgical judgment and experience, professional competence, ethical conduct, and professional standing in the local community.

The Governors and Presidents from ACS international chapters will serve as part of the international interview teams for the Fellowship applicants in their respective countries. The teams will interview and evaluate each applicant and make recommendations for Fellowship to ACS. Interview teams will receive the applicants’ information by February 9, 2018. The interviews can be conducted in person, via videoconference, or by telephone. Both interviewers are required to interview each applicant together, and are asked to arrange the applicants’ interviews and send the interview dates to ACS at no later than February 23, 2018.

International Fellowship applicant interviews are to be conducted between March 1 and May 15, 2018, and reports are due back to ACS by May 31, 2018. The participation of the ACS international chapters in this important phase of the International Fellowship application process is greatly appreciated. Further information and resources, including a training program webinar, presentation, interview procedures, and an interview report form, are available on the ACS website. Please contact ACS at if you have any questions about the International Fellowship applicant interview process.

Chapter Annual Reports Due February 9

All ACS chapters are required to complete an Annual Report, which captures the activities of chapters during the 2017 calendar year. Data collected from the Annual Report is used for planning purposes over the next year so that ACS resources and initiatives can be targeted to areas that will be most beneficial to chapters and their members.

Chapter leaders will receive a customized report that compares their responses with the aggregate data of all international chapters once the reports have been collected and analyzed. The Annual Report is due February 9, 2018, and can be accessed online. Only one Annual Report should be submitted per chapter, so please consult with your chapter council on completion of the mandatory report.

ACS International Scholarships

Deadline Extended for Dr. Pon Fund

The Dr. Pon Fund offers a unique opportunity for ACS international chapters to develop and present their own local surgical education program. The goals of this competitive grant program are to promote surgical education to the international surgical community, and to encourage the active involvement of the international chapters in ACS activities. The deadline for submission of proposals has been extended until February 15, 2018.

Further details about the Dr. Pon Fund are available online. International chapters are encouraged to apply via e-mail to Kate Early, International Liaison, at

International ACS NSQIP Scholarships

The International ACS NSQIP Scholarships provide recipients with the opportunity to attend the 2018 Quality and Safety Conference, July 21–24 in Orlando, FL, and meet with program leadership and surgeon champions from ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals. Scholarships, in the amount of US$10,000 each, will be offered to two international surgeons who demonstrate strong interest in surgical quality improvement.

More information is available on the ACS website. Please share information about this scholarship opportunity with potential applicants in your country. The deadline for receipt of all applications and supporting documentation is February 15, 2018.

Applications for International Scholarships for Surgical Education Due March 1

Three international scholarships focused on surgical education, sponsored by the ACS Division of Education and the International Relations Committee, offer the opportunity for faculty members from countries outside the U.S. and Canada to participate in a variety of faculty development activities. The scholarship recipients will participate in the Surgical Education: Principals and Practice course at Clinical Congress 2018, October 21-25 in Boston, MA. In addition, the scholars will attend plenary sessions and courses that address surgical education and training across the continuum of professional development. The scholars, in turn, will use the knowledge and skills to improve surgical education and training in their home institution and country.

Each scholarship provides a stipend of US$10,000 to cover travel, per diem expenses, and the cost of Clinical Congress 2018 courses. Registration for Clinical Congress 2018 and the Surgical Education course will be provided free to the scholars.

View the scholarship requirements and access the application on the ACS website. All application materials and supporting documents are due no later than March 1, 2018. Questions about the International Scholarships for Surgical Education can be directed to Kate Early, International Liaison, at

ACS/AAST International Scholarship 2018

A new scholarship, the ACS/AAST International Scholarship, will be awarded to a surgeon specifically working in acute care surgery (trauma and emergency general surgery) in countries other than the U.S. and Canada to improve the quality of acute care surgical services. Preference will be given to applicants from developing nations. The scholarship, in the amount of US$5,000, provides the scholar with an opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) and to visit the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) headquarters at the ACS in Chicago, IL, to learn about the standards for a trauma program/database and the importance of multidisciplinary acute care surgical services.

The awardee will receive free registration to the AAST annual meeting (September 26–28, 2018, in San Diego, CA) and to one available postgraduate course at the meeting. Please see the full requirements and a link to the application form on the ACS website.

Applications and all the supporting documentation must be received by ACS at no later than March 15, 2018, to receive consideration by the selection committee.

International Chapter Activities

Chapter Events

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 following is a calendar of international chapter events from February through March:

  • February 13: Jordan Chapter Meeting, Amman, Jordan
  • February 15–17: UAE Chapter Meeting/International Multidisciplinary Breast Conference, Dubai, UAE
  • March 14–16: Peru Chapter Congress/Society of General Surgeons of Peru, Lima, Peru

If your chapter event is missing from this list, please contact Laura Mazur, Chapter Services Program Coordinator, at

Around the College

Nominate a Colleague for an ACS Surgical Volunteerism or Humanitarian Award

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.

ACS Case Reviews in Surgery Chapter Competition

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 +1-312-202-5698.

ACS Releases Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

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 US$44.95 for single copies (up to a quantity of nine) or US$39.95 per copy for 10 copies or more on the ACS website.

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

The deadline for submitting nominations is February 23, 2018. Further details about the nomination process can be found in the General News section of the November 2017 Bulletin. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Kalata at +1-312-202-5360 or

Calls for Abstracts and Videos for Clinical Congress 2018

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).