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A Successful 2017 ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Leadership Summit

More than 450 surgeons and residents participated in the ACS Leadership Summit held May 6–7 in Washington, DC. The Leadership portion of the Leadership & Advocacy Summit included a series of presentations that provided practical, take-home tips on how to be a better leader. Presentations covered such diverse leadership topics as how to handle difficult conversations, manage difficult people, and lead from behind; how it’s not all about you and leading by example; volunteering in your own backyard; avoiding burnout and promoting resilience; preparing for leadership positions in medicine; and successfully addressing critical situations in the operating room. PowerPoint presentations from the 2017 Leadership Summit are now available.

An engaged audience at Leadership and Advocacy Summit

In addition, ACS Chapter leaders shared success stories. Representatives of the Connecticut Chapter focused on resident engagement, representatives of the North Texas Chapter and South Texas Chapter explained the positive results that can be realized by holding joint chapter meetings, and members of the Georgia Society of the ACS discussed their Stop the Bleed effort. Participants also convened in state breakout sessions during the lunch hour to identify new strategies and initiatives for implementation at the chapter level. ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, provided an update on ACS activities.

New Jersey breakout group at 2017 Summit

Advocacy Summit Participants Visit Capitol Hill to Promote Key ACS Issues

More than 300 surgeons and residents participated in the Advocacy Summit portion of the ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit and came to Washington primarily to meet with lawmakers and congressional staff to educate them about key ACS legislative priorities that affect surgical patients, including ensuring an adequate surgical workforce in underserved areas; advancing childhood cancer research and surveillance and providing resources for pediatric cancer survivors; allocating funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health care coverage to uninsured children from low-income families; improving liability protections for trauma care providers; and providing greater flexibility for providers during implementation of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The issue briefs presented during the Advocacy Summit are now available.

Taking audience questions at the Leadership and Advocacy Summit

In addition, health care reform was discussed during several panel sessions. Just days before the Advocacy Summit, the House of Representatives had passed the American Health Care Act by a vote of 217 to 213. Summit attendees were educated about the College’s concerns with the legislation and were advised that the Senate bill likely would be dramatically different (the Senate bill has since encountered its own difficulties). The College continues to work to ensure that ACS health care reform principles—patient safety and quality, patient access to surgical care, reduction of health care costs, and medical liability reform—are included in a revised Senate bill. The full ACS 2017 statement on health care reform was published in the May issue of the Bulletin.

Feedback from program participants was positive, and we encourage members to save the date for the 2018 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, May 19–22, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.

Leadership and Advocacy Summit