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ACS Chapter News for International Chapters: October 13, 2017


Welcome to the final 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 Clinical Congress 2017, an international scholarship opportunity, upcoming chapter events, and benefits for medical student members.

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 2017

The following chapter-related events are taking place during Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA.

International Fellowship Interviewing Training Session for Governors and Chapter Presidents

You are invited to attend an international fellowship interviewing training session at Clinical Congress. As you are aware, International Fellow applicants are required to complete an interview beginning with the 2018 cycle that started December 16, 2016, and will end December 1, 2017. As a Governor and/or chapter president, we are asking for your commitment to conduct interviews with International Fellow applicants in your country.

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

Monday, October 23
11:30 am–1:00 pm
San Diego Convention Center, 28DE, Upper Level

If you will be present at Clinical Congress, we encourage you to RSVP and attend. A webinar session will also be conducted in November for the members who cannot attend this training lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Karen M. Freeman, FACHE, CAE, at

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.

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

International Reception

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, or just relax in great company. Barbara L. Bass, MD, FACS, the President-Elect of the College, and David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director of the College, will speak briefly to welcome guests at this event.

Monday, October 23
5:30–7:00 pm
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom D, 2nd Level, Seaport Tower

International Governors and Chapter Officers Meeting

Please plan to join your international chapter leader peers at the annual International Governors and Chapter Officers Meeting during Clinical Congress. 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.

Tuesday, October 24
10:00 am–12:00 noon
San Diego Convention Center, 28DE, Upper Level

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

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.

ACS International Scholarship

ACS/ASBRS International Scholarship Applications

The ACS/ASBrS Scholarship will be awarded to surgeons specifically working 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 $5,000 U.S., provides the scholar with an opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons (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. The awardee will receive complimentary registration to the annual meeting of the ASBrS and to one available postgraduate course at the meeting.

Please view the scholarship purpose and requirements and access the application on the ACS website. Applications and supporting documentation must be received no later than November 15, 2017. All applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision in January 2018. 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.

The following is a calendar of international chapter events from October through December:

  • October 9–12: Argentine Surgical Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • November 2–4: 69th Annual Congress of the Korean Surgical Society, Seoul, Korea
  • December 10: Trinidad and Tobago Chapter Annual Meeting

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

Around the College

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.

October 2017 Bulletin

If you have not done so already, please read the October 2017 issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, which has articles on the value of joining your local chapter and news from the ACS global network of chapters.