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ACS Chapter News for Domestic Chapters: September 2018

ACS Chapter News aims to provide key information to chapter leaders about new initiatives and opportunities for chapters, upcoming events, scholarship information, and more.

You are encouraged to share relevant content with members of your chapter. As always, please provide me with 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 American College of Surgeon (ACS) website.

Thank you,

Luke Moreau
Manager, Domestic Chapter Services

Clinical Congress 2018

Chapter Networking Event

Monday, October 22, 3:00–5:00 pm

Are you interested in learning more about how to strengthen the quality of activities for your local ACS chapter? If so, come join ACS Governors, current and past chapter leaders, and ACS staff for Chapter Networking, a fun, fast-paced educational and social event where you will have the opportunity to learn more about the programming and management of successful ACS chapters.

Attendees will engage in up to six 15-minute discussions on topics of importance to domestic and international chapters such as membership recruitment and engagement, advocacy, social media, best practices for international chapters, and changes to the Continuing Medical Education (CME) process, to name a few. This event is also a way to network with colleagues and leadership of other ACS chapters—from all corners of the world.

The Chapter Networking event will take place on Monday, October 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Grand Ballroom A, Concourse Level.

Attendees may attend all or part of the event. Assorted beverages and appetizers will be provided.

Chapter Opportunities and Updates

Save the Date: 2019 Chapter Officer Leadership Program

The 2019 Chapter Officer Leadership Program (COLP) will take place in Washington, DC, on March 30, 2019, prior to the Leadership & Advocacy Summit, which will be held from March 30 to April 2. The COLP is designed to provide chapter officers with the tools they need to succeed as chapter leaders and to provide an opportunity to network and share best practices with colleagues in similar roles. The event is open to all interested chapter leaders; however, newer presidents or presidents-elect are encouraged to attend. ACS will cover a one-night hotel stay for one officer of each chapter represented at the COLP. Registration will open in the coming months.

Presentations from the 2017 and 2018 sessions are available online.

Update to the CME Process

One of the benefits that ACS provides chapters is free CME Credits for educational meetings. The ACS Division of Education has experienced staffing changes, so rather than contacting a designated CME liaison, chapters interested in having ACS provide CME Credit should send questions, requests, and all documents to a shared mailbox at The administrator assigned to your meeting will respond and assist you throughout the CME process.

Chapter Competition: ACS Case Reviews in Surgery

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. Per submission guidelines, residents can submit to ACS Case Reviews if an ACS Fellow is included as one of the case report authors. In a case study contest, chapters would judge submitted entries, and the winner of the competition would receive guaranteed review of the publication in ACS Case Reviews, as well as a free one-year subscription to the journal (annual subscriptions are $125 with CME and $75 without CME).

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 312-202-5698.

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Fellowships and Awards

2019−2021 ACS Faculty Research Fellowships

Applications are due Thursday, November 15, 2018, for the two-year faculty research fellowships, made available through the generosity of ACS Fellows, Chapters, and friends of the College, for surgeons entering academic careers in surgery or a surgical specialty. The fellowship assists a Fellow or Associate Fellow in establishing a new and independent research program, and applicants must be able to demonstrate their potential to work as independent investigators. The fellowship award is $40,000 per year for each of two years to support the research.

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ACS Traveling Fellowships to Australia and New Zealand, Germany, and Japan

The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons has announced the availability of traveling fellowships to Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), Germany, and Japan. Applications are due Thursday, November 15, 2018.

The traveling fellowships encourage the international exchange of information concerning surgical science, practice, and education, and foster professional and academic collaborations and friendships. The traveling fellowships, which are available in most surgical specialties, are open to ACS Fellows under the age of 50.

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Around the College

RAS-ACS Grand Rounds Webinar Series

The Resident and Associate Society (RAS-ACS) produces monthly webinar content specifically focused on the needs of young surgeons finishing training and starting practice. Webinars archived this past month include:

  • Developing and Maximizing Participation in Multi-Institutional Collaborations Early in Practice
  • Becoming a Surgeon Scientist

ACS members are able to access the webinar recordings online.

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Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

The Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety manual builds on the College’s long tradition of developing successful quality programs for improving surgical care. The publication is the work of more than 100 contributing authors who are advocates of the health care quality movement, and was developed as a trusted resource for surgical leaders seeking to improve patient care in their institutions, departments, and practices.

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