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What’s Happening with the ACS Foundation?

As the Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation, I am honored to represent your Foundation. It makes me proud to work for an organization that is saving lives through support of surgeons and optimal care for surgical patients.

The ACS Foundation’s mission is to obtain financial support for the charitable and educational work of the American College of Surgeons. It is because of our donors’ generosity that the ACS is able to provide funding for 50 annual scholarship and research fellowship awards, support for Operation Giving Back, rural surgery skills training, and more.

Here are just a few examples of how donor contributions made an impact this past fiscal year. Thanks so much for your loyal support, and I look forward to seeing you at Clinical Congress in Washington, DC.

ACS Foundation Donors Support ATLS for Underserved Countries

The ACS Board of Regents established the Trauma Education Fund to support Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) program promulgation in international countries with limited resources. Many Fellows responded generously through philanthropic support for this effort, with more than $250,000 raised. Proceeds from the fund have supported training in the Philippines, the Republic of Georgia, Mongolia, and Kenya. Future plans for other ATLS courses funded by contributions are underway in Haiti and Ghana.

Trauma Fund Mongolia 

Surgeon Serving in Rural New Mexico Receives ACS Foundation Scholarship

Chayanin MusikasinthornChayanin Musikasinthorn, MD, MPH, FACS, is a prime example of a surgeon using her skills to serve the greater good. She is a general surgeon in rural Gallup, NM, and as a Commissioned Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, she is caring for the underserved Native American population living in that region. She is the recipient of a 2016 scholarship award, funded through philanthropy, to help cover the costs of attending Clinical Congress in October.

Expressing gratitude for this generosity in a thank-you letter, Dr. Musikasinthorn wrote, “By awarding me the 2016 Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship, ACS has lightened my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of medicine: patient care.”

Greatest Needs Fund

During the last fiscal year, gifts to the ACS Foundation’s Greatest Needs Fund supported ACS programs that are not covered by membership dues. Examples are:

  • Surgical research projects through multiple fellowship awards
  • Creation and distribution of patient education materials, on subjects such as wound management, to hospitals for patients and their caregivers
  • Travel costs for international surgeons to attend Clinical Congress
  • Strategic planning for greater volunteerism outreach through Operation Giving Back
  • The Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR)

Donations to the Greatest Needs Fund are important to the continued strength of the College. Through its size, resources, and enduring commitment to professionalism, the ACS is best positioned to serve as a truly unifying organization for surgery in the U.S. All contributions to the ACS Foundation directly support the College’s charitable and educational work.

International Scholars Class of 2015