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ACS Chapter News for Domestic Chapters: April 27, 2017


Welcome to the second issue of the ACS Chapter News for 2017! We will be using this newsletter to convey key information to you about topics of interest to chapters on a quarterly basis. I encourage you to share relevant information in this newsletter with members of your chapter.

Please let me know if there is specific information you would like to see shared in future issues.

Thank you,

Luke Moreau
Manager, Domestic Chapter Services

Chapter Officer Leadership Program

Chapter Officer Leadership Program & Executive Learning Event

The Chapter Officer Leadership Program & Executive Learning Event will be held in conjunction with the Leadership and Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 6. The morning session is open to all Chapter Officers, however, it is encouraged that newer presidents or presidents-elect attend. Chapter Executives/Administrators will join the Officers for lunch and the afternoon portion of the day. There will be sessions on grassroots advocacy, domestic volunteerism, Stop the Bleed, sponsorship and philanthropy, strategic planning, and more. Please register by Tuesday, May 2.

Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Registration for the Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2017

Join more than 400 College leaders, ACS members, residents, and medical students for the ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2017. 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 today!

Hot Topics for Chapters

New and Improved Chapter Guidebook

We have just completed a thorough review and revision of the Chapter Guidebook. The content of the guidebook represents best practices for chapter administration and leadership, event planning and logistics, legal and tax considerations, among other topics. The information was gathered from the observations and experiences of ACS Chapters, as well as from research of general best practices within the chapter services industry. Feedback about the guidebook is encouraged and can be sent to Luke Moreau at or 312-202-5737.

ACS Hires New State Affairs Associate

The ACS State Affairs team has recently hired Christian Johnson as the new State Affairs Associate. Christian joins ACS on May 1. A new map with the state assignments for Jon Sutton, Christopher Johnson and Christian Johnson is available. Please contact Jon (, Christopher (, or Christian ( with any questions regarding state advocacy issues.

Domestic Volunteerism Survey

Operation Giving Back (OGB) is developing a new program that will focus on domestic volunteerism and the great work of ACS Fellows and organizations in the United States. OGB is working on creating an online database of domestic volunteer opportunities that can be accessed by ACS members. We encourage you to send this short survey to your chapter members so that ACS can best capture the breadth of domestic volunteerism that is happening across the country. Questions about the survey can be directed to Brittanie Wilczak, Program Administrator, Operation Giving Back, at or 312-202-5458.

Recruiting Medical Students

The College is working to improve how we engage and recruit medical student members. A Medical Student Toolkit has been developed that includes a PowerPoint presentation about the benefits of medical student membership, ACS giveaways, and brochures and information on how to apply. We encourage chapters to reach out to surgery interest groups (SIGs) at nearby medical schools to help recruit our future Fellows. Please contact Hanna Lakew at to request the Toolkit and to receive contact information for SIGs in your area.

Surgical Patient Education Program for Chapters

The Surgical Patient Education Program provides quality, evidence-based strategies to educate the surgical patient and family to reduce complications, improve participation and outcomes, support transition to home, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce costs. Surgical Patient Education Resources are available to enable your chapter to get involved and promote the program. Resources include a welcome letter, a PowerPoint slide deck that chapters are encouraged to present at a chapter meeting, and a sample pack of materials free to members, including an ostomy skills kit, quit smoking before surgery brochure, and inguinal hernia brochure. For more information on the Surgical Patient Education Program, please contact Amanda Bruggeman at 312-202-5263 or

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Chapters are encouraged to use the ACS as the accredited provider for your CME activities. In order to receive CME credit, please follow the steps on the Chapters’ CME page. CME Credit Applications are due at least 60 days prior to the activity. Enduring materials (such as webcasts or recorded sessions) are also eligible for CME and Self-Assessment Credit when planned in compliance with ACCME Criteria and ACS regulations. Please contact Suvina Sallan at with any questions or for further information about how to receive accreditation for your live meeting or enduring material activity.

Chapter Plaques and Accessories

Jim Henry, Inc. is the official jewelry and accessories vendor of the ACS . Jim Henry has several items that are designed specifically for ACS chapters. Interested chapters should e-mail Luke Moreau at for a brochure or visit the Jim Henry, Inc. website.

ACS Scholarships & Awards

Apply by June 1 for Claude H. Organ Traveling Fellowship

The family and friends of the late Dr. Claude H. Organ, Jr., have established an endowment through the ACS Foundation to provide funding for an annual fellowship to be awarded to an outstanding young surgeon from the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, or the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association. The Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship, in the amount of $5,000, enables a U.S. or Canadian Fellow or Associate Fellow under age 45, who is a member of one of the above societies, to attend an educational meeting or make an extended visit to an institution of his or her choice, tailored to his or her research interests.

The full requirements for the Claude H. Organ Traveling Fellowship are online and the deadline for receipt of all application materials is June 1. Questions and application materials should be submitted to the attention of the ACS Scholarships Administrator, Kate Early, at

Apply for George H. A. Clowes Award by August 1

The George H. A. Clowes, Jr., MD, FACS, Memorial Research Career Development Award is offered through the generosity of The Clowes Fund, Inc., of Indianapolis, IN. Its purpose is to provide support for the research of a promising young surgical investigator. The award consists of a stipend of $45,000 for each of five years and is not renewable thereafter.

The full requirements for the George H.A. Clowes award are posted online and the closing date for receipt of completed applications and related documents is August 1. Questions and application materials should be submitted to the attention of the ACS Scholarships Administrator, Kate Early, at

Around the College

Access New Surgeon and Resident Well-Being Resource

All U.S. Fellows and Associate Fellows in active practice and Residents and Fellows in training who are active, dues-paying members of the ACS are invited to use the Physician Well-Being Index. This validated screening tool provides an opportunity for you to better understand your overall well-being and identify areas of risk compared to physicians and residents across the nation. Visit the ACS Surgeon Well-Being page to learn more about the tool and how to access it, as well as review other helpful resources.

Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery

To address the technical aspects of standardizing surgical care, the American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program (ACS CRP)—a program of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and the College—formed the Cancer Care Standards Development Committee. For more than three years, the committee worked to develop a manual with the participation of more than 120 surgeons that details the critical elements of breast, colon, lung, and pancreatic cancer surgery.

The second volume of the Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery manual will be published in late 2017, and will include operations for melanoma, gastric cancer, esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and thyroid cancer. The manual can be purchased through the Wolters Kluwer website. Contact Amanda Francescatti, Manager, ACS CRP, at with any questions