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ACS Chapter News for Domestic Chapters: July 31, 2017


Welcome to the third issue of ACS Chapter News for 2017. 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 of the newsletter contains information about Clinical Congress 2017, the Chapter Lobby Day Grant Program, scholarships, and more.

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

Clinical Congress 2017

Chapter Speed Networking

Chapter Speed Networking, which will be held Monday, October 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, is an opportunity to accelerate your Clinical Congress 2017 learning experience. Chapter Speed Networking will consist of short, concise discussions on topics important to both domestic and international chapters such as membership recruitment and retention, engagement of Young Fellows Association (YFA) and Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) members, and chapter business best practices. This event is also a way to build lasting connections with colleagues and members of other ACS chapters from all corners of the world.

Please contact Luke Moreau, Manager, Domestic Chapter Services, at or 312-202-5737 for more information.

Engagement Events

In addition to regularly scheduled scientific and educational opportunities, a wide range of engagement events will be offered at Clinical Congress 2017. Join your colleagues for several wellness activities, including early morning yoga, running and walking tours, and a spin class to name a few. Finish off your stay in San Diego by attending the ACS Taste of the City on Wednesday night, October 25 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Learn more about events and special activities at Clinical Congress 2017 on the ACS website.

Mentoring Opportunties

The YFA has two distinct opportunities for ACS Fellows to share their wisdom as a mentor to young surgeons.

The YFA Annual Mentor program seeks Fellows for this year-long mentoring relationship. You must be able to attend the kick-off meeting during Clinical Congress 2017.

The YFA Speed Mentoring program seeks Fellows to mentor young surgeons in training and early practice. Please consider giving one hour of your time on Tuesday, October 24 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at Clinical Congress. For more information, contact Alison Powers at

Hot Topics for Chapters

Chapter Lobby Day Grant Program

The ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy is now accepting applications for the 2018 ACS Chapter Advocacy Lobby Day Grant Program to support chapters implementing state legislative activities.

The ACS Chapter Lobby Day Grant Program provides an annual cash grant up to $5,000 with a required $2,500 chapter match to host or sponsor a day at their state capitol for chapter Fellows and members to meet with legislators. An enhanced $15,000 grant is available for a chapter to use toward a comprehensive state legislative campaign and lobby day in 2018.

The deadline for submitting the application is September 15, 2017. Download a copy of the application or contact Christopher Johnson, State Affairs Associate, at or 202-672-1502.

Surgical Jeopardy Questions

RAS-ACS leadership is continuously looking for high-quality questions to add to their Surgical Jeopardy question databank. RAS-ACS is aware that some programs or individuals may have already developed or accumulated Jeopardy-style questions for educational purposes. RAS-ACS would greatly appreciate any new contributions, or access to existing databanks of questions, that individuals or institutions might be willing to share. These contributions will be graciously acknowledged at national and local competitions. Please submit any contributions (questions and answers) to RAS-ACS at

ACS Scholarships & Awards

Apply for Resident Research Scholarship by September 1

The College offers two-year resident research scholarships to its Resident members in the U.S. and Canada. The scholarships provide $30,000 per year for each of two years. The closing date for receipt of completed applications and all supporting documents is September 1. Successful applicants will begin their awards in July 2018.

The full requirements and application form for the Resident Research Scholarship can be found online. Questions and application materials should be submitted to the attention of the ACS Scholarships Administrator, Kate Early, at

Around the College

NEW Teaching Aids for Faculty

The ACS Board of Governors Surgical Training Workgroup has developed several educational resources for members that address the unique needs of faculty, particularly those surgeons practicing in nonacademic settings. Each module has been produced as a downloadable PowerPoint presentation and provides detailed strategies for resident and medical student teaching.

If you have questions or comments regarding these teaching aides, please contact Connie Bura at

NEW Standardized Reference Letter for Medical Students Applying to General Surgery Programs

Faculty members are frequently asked by medical students interested in a general surgery residency to write a letter of recommendation for them. Traditionally, there has not been an objective tool available for the surgeon to score a student’s performance. The Board of Governors Surgical Training Workgroup recently developed a standardized letter of recommendation to meet this purpose. It is meant to be used as an adjunct to the traditional personal letter of recommendation and may be a beneficial tool to use when evaluating candidates for your training program.

Use MyCME to Manage Your CME Credit at Your Convenience

MyCME allows you to store all of your Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits in one place, making it easy to provide documentation for credentialing, recredentialing, and renewing your state license(s) or recertifying with your board. You can also download, store, and print CME Certificates and/or transcripts at any time. Completion of American College of Surgeons activities is automatically documented, and certificates for these events include CME Credit claimed, Self-Assessment Credit earned, and specific content that may meet other regulatory body requirements. ACS members can also add non-ACS-verified event data and supporting documentation. MyCME services are free for ACS members.

For more information, please contact the MyCME office at 866-918-4799 or 312-202-5430, e-mail us at, or login to