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Important Deadlines

Submissions for the Advocacy Essay Contest Due Today

The YFA is accepting essays on patient advocacy through February 15 for the 2017 Advocacy Essay Contest. Essays should describe in 500–1,000 words how the surgeon currently uses or plans to use advocacy on the local, state, or national level to achieve greatness in patient care and in addressing legislation and regulations that affect surgical patients. The YFA encourages participants to use personal examples of advocacy experiences.

The YFA Advocacy & Issues Workgroup will review and judge all of the submitted essays. The winning essayist will receive a $500 stipend to support travel to attend the Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2017 and will have the registration fee waived. The winning submission will be published in a digital issue of the Bulletin. Outstanding submissions will appear in future quarterly issues of YFA E-News. The winner will be notified by March 1.

Submit essays to The YFA represents all ACS Fellows ages 45 and younger and seeks essays from surgeons in this age group as well as those who are "young at heart.”

Nominations for 2017 Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Due February 28

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2017 Surgical Volunteerism Award(s) and Surgical Humanitarian Award. All nominations must be received by February 28.

The ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism Award—offered in four potential categories annually—recognizes surgeons who are committed to giving back to society by making significant contributions to surgical care through organized volunteer activities. The Resident award is intended for Resident Members and Associate Fellows of the College who have been involved in significant surgical volunteer activities during their postgraduate surgical training.

Visit the nomination website in the Operation Giving Back section of the ACS website to nominate a colleague. For more information, contact OGB at

Rural Surgeons: Apply for the Oweida Scholarship by March 1

The Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship provides up to three awards of $5,000 each to subsidize the participation of a Fellow or Associate Fellow age 55 or under serving a small community in the U.S. or Canada. Awardees will either attend Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA, or may propose a plan for additional training or research appropriate to a rural surgeon.

Applicants must submit a 1–2 page essay discussing whether they are applying for a trip to the Clinical Congress or for a personal training or research project, the applicant’s motivation for submitting an application, and why he or she is qualified to receive the scholarship. Visit the ACS website for more information on the Oweida Scholarship. The deadline is March 1.

Call for Abstracts and Videos for Clinical Congress Closes March 1

Clinical Congress 2017 Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts and videos for Clinical Congress 2017, October 22–26 in San Diego, CA, is now open. You may submit abstracts for the Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum or videos for the Video-based Education Sessions.

The last day to submit abstracts and videos is Wednesday, March 1 at 5:00 pm (CST).