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ACS Chapter News for International 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 you are encouraged to share relevant content with members of your chapter. This issue contains information about the international Fellowship applicant interview process, Clinical Congress 2017, international scholarships, chapter events, and new ACS resources.

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 Chapters

International Fellowship Applicant Interviews Beginning in 2018

Today, there are more than 6,000 international ACS Fellows representing 130 countries. The number of International Fellows inducted into the College continues to increase each year.

As we communicated to you last April, 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.

Once an application for Fellowship has been submitted, and the ACS credentials staff has conducted a thorough review of the application and corresponding documentation to confirm the applicant has complied with the application requirements for Fellowship, the applicant will be scheduled for an interview. Here’s a general overview of the process and timeline:

  • Interviews of applicants from your country will be conducted between March 1 and July 1, 2018, by teams composed of the officers and governor of your ACS chapter.
  • The interview can be conducted in person or via any electronic method available to both the applicant and interview team.
  • If the applicant and interview team do not share a common language, the interview will be conducted in English.
  • The interview will be limited to the personal qualities and professional qualifications of the applicant and will avoid any discussion of political or religious topics that could introduce forms of bias.

In the case of differing opinions between members of the interview team, or where controversy may arise, members of the International Relations Committee or the Director of the Division of Member Services will conduct a second interview, and the results will be evaluated by the Applicant Review Committee.

Chapter officers and governors will receive more information in the near future about a training session being held during Clinical Congress in San Diego, CA, on Monday, October 23, 2017, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. A webinar also will be held for those who cannot attend the training in San Diego. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Freeman at

Clinical Congress 2017

International Governors and Chapter Officers Meeting

Save the Date: Tuesday, October 24, 10:00 am–12:00 noon

Please plan to join your international chapter leader peers at the annual International Governors and Chapter Officers Meeting during Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA. Leaders from all 44 international chapters are encouraged to attend the meeting to share regional updates, activities, success stories, and challenges, and to learn more about ACS resources available for chapters. More details about the meeting will be forthcoming, but please contact Brian Frankel, Manager, International Chapter Services, at or +1-312-202-5361 with any questions.

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 Brian Frankel, Manager, International Chapter Services, at or +1-312-202-5361 for more information.

Engagement Opportunities

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 Opportunities

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

ACS International Scholarships

ACS/ASBrS International Scholarship Applications Due November 15

The American College of Surgeons/American Society of Breast Surgeons (ACS/ASBrS) Scholarship will be awarded to surgeons specifically working in breast cancer surgery in countries other than the U.S. and Canada to improve the quality of breast cancer 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 ASBrS and to visit the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) headquarters in Chicago, IL, to learn about the standards for a breast cancer program/database and the importance of multidisciplinary breast cancer care.

Please view the ACS/ASBrS International Scholarship purpose and requirements and access the application on the ACS website. All applications and supporting documentation must be received no later than November 15. Questions may be directed to Kate Early, ACS International Liaison, 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.

Here is a calendar of international chapter events through the end of September:

  • August 4–5: Mexico, Federal District Chapter Annual Meeting, Acapulco, Mexico
  • September 7–9: Jordan Chapter and Region 17 Annual Meeting, Amman, Jordan
  • September 14–15: Egypt Chapter Annual Meeting, Cairo, Egypt
  • September 30–October 1: Kuwait Chapter Annual Meeting, Kuwait City, Kuwait

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

Around the College

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

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.