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ACS Chapter News for Domestic Chapters: October 13, 2017


Welcome to the final issue of the 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 contains detailed information about the Chapter Speed Networking event and other special activities at Clinical Congress 2017, scholarship opportunities, and more.

I look forward to meeting with many of you at Clinical Congress and I’m available for in-person meetings should you wish to discuss any issues related to your chapter. I can be reached at or 312-202-5737.

Thank you,

Luke Moreau
Manager, Domestic Chapter Services

Clinical Congress 2017

Chapter Speed Networking

Register for Chapter Speed Networking.

Join the Governors of the Chapter Activities Domestic and International Workgroups, current and past chapter leaders, and ACS administrators for Chapter Speed Networking, a fast-paced educational and social event where you will have the opportunity to learn more about the successes and programs of ACS chapters in a relaxed setting.

Monday, October 23
3:00–5:00 pm
Marriot Marquis, San Diego Ballroom, Salon A, Lobby Level

Chapter Speed Networking is an opportunity to accelerate your Clinical Congress learning experience through short, concise discussions on topics important to both domestic and international chapters, including:

  • Tips and Tools for Chapter Membership Recruitment
  • Make Your Chapter a Strong Advocate for Surgeons at the State Level
  • Facebook, Twitter, ACS Communities: Using Social Networking Sites to Promote Your Chapter
  • How Your Chapter Can Benefit from Partnering with Association Management by ACS
  • Incorporating YFA onto your Chapter Council
  • Incorporating RAS-ACS onto your Chapter Council
  • Best Practices for International Chapters
  • Creating a Dynamic Chapter Meeting
  • Chapter Involvement on the Committee on Applicants
  • Chapter Involvement in Stop the Bleed

This event is also a way to build lasting connections with colleagues and members of other ACS chapters from all corners of the world. Assorted beverages and appetizers will be served.

For additional information, please contact Luke Moreau, Manager, Domestic Chapter Services, at or 312-202-5737.

Events and Special Activities

Clinical Congress 2017 will offer a wide range of engagement activities in addition to the regularly scheduled scientific and educational events held each year. Join your colleagues for several wellness activities, including early morning yoga, running and walking tours, and a spin class. Finish off your stay in San Diego by attending the ACS Taste of the City on Wednesday night, October 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

More information about these events and special activities, which are great opportunities to network with new Fellows and promote the value of chapter membership, is available online.

2018 Faculty Research Fellowships

Through the generosity of Fellows, chapters, and friends of the College, ACS is offering two-year faculty research fellowships to surgeons entering academic careers in surgery or a surgical specialty. The fellowship is to assist a surgeon in the establishment of his or her research program under mentorship with the goal of transitioning to becoming an independent investigator. The fellowship award is $40,000 per year for each of two years to support the research.

Applications are due by November 1, 2017. Please read the application requirements and apply on the ACS website. Contact the Scholarships Administrator at with questions.

2019 ACS Traveling Fellowships to Australia and New Zealand, Germany, and Japan

The International Relations Committee of the ACS announces the availability of three traveling fellowships in the amount of $10,000 each to (1) Australia and New Zealand, (2) Germany, and (3) Japan for Fellows who hold a current full-time academic appointment in the U.S. or Canada. The fellowships are intended to encourage international exchange of information concerning surgical science, practice, and education, and to establish professional and academic collaborations and friendships. The Traveling Fellows are required to spend a minimum of two or three weeks in the country that they visit:

  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Bangkok, Thailand (May 6–10, 2019)
  • Germany Society of Surgery, Munich (March 26–29, 2019)
  • Japan Surgical Society, Osaka (April 18–20, 2019)

The closing date for receipt of completed applications for all three destinations is November 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified by March 2018. Full requirements and links to the application forms are available online. Please contact Kate Early, ACS International Liaison, at with any questions.

Around the College

October 2017 Issue of the Bulletin

Check out the October 2017 issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, which includes articles on the value of joining your local chapter (page 64) and news from the ACS global network of chapters (page 92).

2017Arthur Ellenberger Award Winner Selected

The ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Group selected David J. Welsh, MD, FACS, from Indiana as the 2017 Arthur Ellenberger Award for Excellence in State Advocacy.

Created in 2003, the award is named for Art Ellenberger, former Executive Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the ACS and an expert in state grassroots advocacy. The award is presented periodically to recognize a career of outstanding leadership, distinguished service, and commitment to protecting patient access to high-quality surgical care through a surgeon’s involvement in his or her state’s legislative and regulatory process.

Dr. Welsh was nominated by his peers at the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons for his lifelong commitment to advocating on behalf of patients and the surgical profession before state elected officials and policymakers in Indiana, as well as encouraging other surgeons to engage in advocacy efforts through the College and chapters. The Ellenberger Award will be presented to Dr. Welsh at a future chapter meeting.

Contact Christopher Johnson, ACS State Affairs Associate, at or at 202-672-1502 for more information.

ACS Medical Students Community: Connect with Aspiring Surgeons

The College provides Medical Student Members with access to a wide variety of benefits to enhance their professional experience. One benefit in particular is the Medical Students Community, which functions as an online networking tool where student members can engage with one another and ACS Fellows. Join the discussion and share experiences, build relationships, and offer support to medical student members.

For more information about ACS educational opportunities and resources available to medical students, and how students can get involved, please visit the Medical Students page of the ACS website.

Executive MBA for Physicians at Brandeis University

The Heller School’s Executive MBA (EMBA) for Physicians at Brandeis University is focused on improving both clinical outcomes and financial results in health care organizations by training physician-leaders in the new science of medical management. Designed for practicing physicians who are, or seek to be, in positions of management or leadership, the EMBA for Physicians is a 16-month program and a curriculum that integrates the medical expertise of the student with new knowledge in critical areas ranging from health policy and economics to operational systems management, high-performance leadership, and health care innovation.

The program is AACSB-accredited and has a convenient online and in-person format. Members of the ACS who enroll for January 2018 are eligible for a 15 percent tuition scholarship.