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ACS Chapter News for International Chapters: October 2018

ACS Chapter News provides key information for chapter officers of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and you are encouraged to share relevant content with members of your chapter. This issue focuses on chapter-related events at Clinical Congress 2018, and also includes information about becoming an International Fellow, ACS international scholarships, upcoming chapter events, and resources around the College.

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

Clinical Congress 2018

Below is information on chapter-related events taking place at Clinical Congress 2018 in Boston, MA.

Regional Chapter Meetings

Aside from the technical and educational sessions, there will also be business meetings prior to and during Clinical Congress that you are invited to attend as an ACS Governor and/or chapter officer. During the Regional Chapter Meetings, chapter leaders from the four international regions will meet separately to discuss activities, accomplishments, challenges, goals, etc., within their respective regions.

Saturday, October 20 | 5:00–6:30 pm
Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel

Region 14 (Latin America, Caribbean Chapters) – Marina Ballroom II, Lobby Level
Region 15 (Europe, Israel, Nigeria, South Africa Chapters) – Marina Ballroom III, Lobby Level
Region 16 (Asia Pacific Chapters) – Marina Ballroom IV, Lobby Level
Region 17 (Middle East, Egypt Chapters) – Marina Ballroom I, Lobby Level

Chapter Networking Event

Monday, October 22 | 3:00–5:00 pm
Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Grand Ballroom A, Concourse Level

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.

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

International Reception

Monday, October 22 | 5:30–7:00 pm
Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Marina Ballroom I-II, Lobby Level

This annual reception provides a wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with international members and guests, College officers and Honorary Fellows, and international surgical leadership. Come make connections, share ideas, and relax in great company.

International Governors and Chapter Officers Meeting

Tuesday, October 23 | 10:00 am–12:00 noon
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 052AB, Exhibit Level

Please plan on joining your international chapter leader peers at the annual International Governors and Chapter Officers Meeting during Clinical Congress. Leaders from all 45 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.

Please contact Brian Frankel, Manager, International Chapter Services, at or +1-312-202-5361, with any questions.

Events and Special Activities

In addition to the educational program for Clinical Congress 2018, the ACS has a number of special events, sessions, and activities planned for our attendees. Some of the 2018 highlights include:

  • Convocation Ceremony, where Fellowship is conferred on our Initiate class
  • Opening Ceremony, where the Colors and Canadian and American national anthems are presented, along with a short video highlighting the new President’s theme for the year
  • Sessions on Stop the Bleed® and ACS Fellowship
  • Wellness activities during the week, including running and walking tours that will offer the opportunity to explore Boston, early morning yoga, and a spin class to start your day
  • ACS Taste of the City, an opportunity to experience Boston’s beautiful waterfront and unique dining scene while networking with colleagues
  • ACS Central, where you can participate in the ACS Theatre and Office Hours sessions

International Fellowship Interview Training Session for Governors and Chapter Presidents

Wednesday, October 24 | 11:30 am–1:00 pm
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 213, Meeting Level 2

You are invited to attend an International Fellowship Interview Training Session at Clinical Congress. As you are aware, International Fellow applicants are now required to complete an interview as one component of the application process. As a Governor and/or Chapter President, we are asking for your continued commitment to conduct interviews with international Fellow applicants in your country. Other chapter officers who will be involved with the interview process are welcome to attend as well.

We will discuss the interviewing process in detail during the training session. Lunch will be provided.

You are strongly encouraged to attend despite whether or not you attended the training last year. Several updates, best practices, and lessons learned from the first year of interviews will be shared. A webinar training session will also be conducted in November. If you have any questions, please contact Karen M. Freeman, FACHE, CAE at

Operation Sock Drop

All Clinical Congress 2018 attendees are encouraged to participate in Operation Sock Drop to benefit Friends of Boston’s Homeless, a Boston non-profit supporting programs to end homelessness. For those experiencing homelessness, clean, warm socks are a luxury, especially during the cold winter months. This year, the ACS is asking you to help us support Friends of Boston’s Homeless by bringing one pair of cotton or wool socks to donate during the meeting. Donation bins will be located in the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel and in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Become an International Fellow

Encourage Colleagues to Become an ACS Fellow

Fellowship with the ACS supports the diverse goals and needs of a surgical career. Multi-disciplinary benefits available to Fellows, including The Journal of the American College of Surgeons, patient education resources, skills and knowledge programs, and scholarship opportunities, provide surgeons with tools for quality patient care and practice excellence. Surgeons with a minimum of three years of practice are eligible to apply by December 1, 2018.

Encourage your colleagues to become a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and join your chapter. Information on becoming a Fellow is on the ACS website, and you can send them an infographic that outlines the steps to become a Fellow. If your colleagues have questions about membership, they can reach out to Kathleen McCann, Senior Manager, International Affairs, for guidance.

ACS International Scholarships

Submit Applications for 2019−2021 ACS Faculty Research Fellowships by November 15

Applications are due November 15 for the American College of Surgeons’ two-year faculty research fellowships, made available through the generosity of Fellows, Chapters, and friends of the College, to surgeons entering academic careers in surgery or a surgical specialty. The fellowships assist 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 of US$40,000 per year for each of two years will support the research.

  • Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship of the ACS honors Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, ACS founder
  • C. James Carrico, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship for the Study of Trauma and Critical Care honors C. James Carrico, MD, FACS, and is designated for research in trauma and critical care
  • Two undesignated Faculty Research Fellowships

Learn more

ACS/ASBrS International Scholarship Application Due November 15

The new ACS/American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) International Scholarship will be awarded to surgeons working in breast cancer surgery in countries other than the U.S. and Canada. Applications are due November 15. The scholarship is intended to improve the quality of breast cancer surgical services. Applicants from developing nations will receive preference for the scholarships, which are intended to improve the quality of breast cancer services. The US$5,000 scholarship will support the scholar’s attendance at the ASBrS annual meeting and a visit to the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers headquarters in Chicago, IL, to learn about the standards for a breast cancer program/database and the importance of multidisciplinary breast cancer care. The awardee will receive free registration to the ASBrS annual meeting and to one available postgraduate course at the meeting.

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Apply by November 15 for ACS Traveling Fellowships to ANZ, Germany, and Japan

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

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.

The traveling Fellows will spend a minimum of two or three weeks in the countries that they visit. Their activities will include attending and participating in the 2020 annual scientific meeting of the host country: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Melbourne (May 11–15); Germany Society of Surgery, Berlin (April 21–24); and Japan Surgical Society, Yokohama (April 16–18).

Learn more

Questions regarding all ACS International Scholarships 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 to help chapters promote 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 from October through December 2018:

  • October 14–18: Region 15 Chapter Meeting; Italian Society of Surgery Meeting, Rome, Italy
  • November 1–3: South Korea Chapter Meeting, Seoul, South Korea
  • November 21–24: Kuwait Chapter Meeting; Kuwait Association of Surgeons, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • December 2–4: Philippine College of Surgeons Annual Congress, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
  • December 10–12: Argentina Chapter Meeting; Argentine Congress of Surgery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

If your upcoming chapter event is missing from the above list, please contact Natalie Bell, Chapter Services Program Coordinator, at

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. Recent webinars archived include:

  • The Impact of Diversity on Physician Resiliency
  • 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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