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ACS Chapter News for International Chapters: April 27, 2017


Welcome to the second issue of ACS Chapter News for 2017! 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.

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

I recently joined the Member Services Division at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as the International Chapter Services Manager. I am excited to be a part of the ACS team, and I look forward to working with, supporting, and growing our international chapters. My role is to be a liaison and advocate for chapters, providing support, ideas, services, and resources. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you,

Brian Frankel
Manager, International Chapter Services

Hot Topics for Chapters

Annual Report/Survey of Chapter Activities for 2016

The ACS Board of Governors Chapter Activities Domestic Workgroup developed an annual report/survey for all domestic and international chapters to complete and share information about their activities over the past calendar year. It is very important for all chapters to complete the annual report/survey as the data provided is used for future planning purposes and strategic direction so that ACS resources and initiatives can be targeted to areas that will be most beneficial to chapters and their members. Thank you to those chapters that have submitted their completed annual report/survey. If your chapter still needs to complete the report, please do so as soon as possible.

New and Improved Chapter Guidebook

A thorough review and revision of the Chapter Guidebook was recently completed. The content of the guidebook represents best practices for chapter administration and leadership, strategic planning, governance, event planning and logistics, among other topics. The information is gathered from the observations and experiences of ACS chapters, as well as from research of general best practices within the chapter services industry. You are encouraged to send feedback about the guidebook to Brian Frankel at or +1-312-202-5361.

Join ACS Online Communities

Did you know the College has over 110 online communities? The communities provide an environment in which ACS members can not only connect, engage, and share information and best practices in real time, but can also seek advice, share experiences, exchange resources, and build professional relationships. If you have not done so already, please consider joining as many communities as you are interested in. As international chapter leaders, you are highly encouraged to join your respective international community, which is listed as either International Region 14, 15, 16, or 17.

ACS Scholarships

Apply by May 1 for Surgical Education Scholarships

Two international scholarships focused on surgical education and sponsored by the ACS Division of Education and the International Relations Committee will offer faculty members from countries outside the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to participate in a variety of faculty development activities. All application materials and supporting documents are due May 1.

The scholars will participate in the Surgical Education: Principles and Practice Course at Clinical Congress 2017, October 22–26, in San Diego, CA. 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 they acquire to improve surgical education and training in their home institutions and countries.

Please view the scholarship requirements and access the application on the ACS website. Questions may be directed to Kate Early, ACS International Liaison, at

International Guest Scholarship Application Due July 3

The ACS International Relations Committee is pleased to announce the availability of International Guest Scholarships for 2018 to young surgeons from countries outside the U.S. or Canada. The scholarships, in the amount of US$10,000 each, provide scholars with an opportunity to visit clinical, teaching, and research activities in the U.S. or Canada, and to attend and participate fully in the educational opportunities and activities of Clinical Congress 2018, October 21–25, in Boston, MA.

The complete requirements and the online application form can be viewed on the ACS website. All materials are due no later than July 3. Questions may be directed to Kate Early at

Community Surgeon Travel Award Application Due July 3

The ACS International Relations Committee is pleased to announce the availability of Community Surgeon Travel Awards. This new program provides a stipend of US$4,000 to enable international surgeons aged 30–50 in regional or community hospitals/clinics or financially challenged surgical departments to attend Clinical Congress 2018, October 21–25, in Boston, MA.

The complete requirements and the online application form can be viewed on the ACS website. Applications and all related documents are due no later than July 3, 2017. Questions may be directed to Kate Early at

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 for the second quarter of 2017:

  • April 28: Japan Chapter Annual Meeting, Yokohama, Japan
  • May 4, 5: Annual Congress of the Italy Chapter, Catania, Sicily, Italy
  • May 7–10: Chile Chapter Annual Meeting, Valparaíso, Chile
  • May 9–11: Biennial Meeting of the Israeli Surgical Society, Kfar Blum, Israel
  • May 10: Australia and New Zealand Chapter Annual Meeting, Adelaide, Australia
  • May 11, 12: Turkey Chapter Annual Meeting, Ankara, Turkey
  • May 20, 21: Jamaica Chapter Annual Meeting, Kingston, Jamaica
  • May 26, 27: Greece Chapter Annual Meeting, Athens, Greece
  • June 28–30: Austria-Hungary Chapter Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria

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

Around the College

Surgical Patient Education Program

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 +1-312-202-5263 or

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

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 can visit the Jim Henry, Inc. website or contact