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Participate as a Presenter at Clinical Congress 2020

Call for abstracts and videos for Clinical Congress 2020

Want to be part of the Clinical Congress program and share your research, expertise, and knowledge with your surgeon peers?

Submit abstracts and videos for Clinical Congress 2020 by March 2.

The Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum offers researchers the opportunity to present the results of their original, basic science, clinical, education, health sciences, and translational research.

The Video-based Education Sessions aim to educate surgeons and members of surgical teams to improve the care of the surgical patient, as well as to safeguard the standards of care in an optimal practice environment.

The History of Surgery Poster Session offers surgical history enthusiasts the opportunity to present on subjects of interest related to the history of the field of surgery and its subspecialties.

Nominate a Colleague for a Surgical Volunteerism or Humanitarian Award

Operation Giving BackThe ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards recognize and celebrate ACS Fellows and members whose altruism, vision, leadership, and dedication provide models to emulate and whose contributions have made a lasting difference. The nomination period for the 2020 awards is open through February 15.

The five award categories for which an individual may be nominated are as follows: humanitarianism and domestic, international, military, and resident volunteerism.

Applications will be evaluated by the ACS Board of Governors Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarianism Workgroup. Awardees will be announced in September and recognized at the ACS Clinical Congress 2020 in Chicago, IL.

Do you know a surgeon who is eligible and deserving of one of the awards? Submit a nomination today by logging in to your ACS account and visiting the OGB nominations page.

Learn more about the awards and nominate a colleague today. Contact OGB with any questions at

Attend the Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit and Receive Discounted Registration!

2020 ACS Surgical Simulation SummitThe American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host the 13th annual Surgical Simulation Summit March 12–14 at the Swissôtel in Chicago, IL. More than 300 people are expected to participate in the summit, which brings together surgeons and simulation center directors, educators, administrators, engineers, and researchers to share best practices, present innovative research, and discuss the latest advances in simulation-based surgical education and training. Registration for the 2020 Summit is now open.

The Surgical Simulation Summit begins Thursday, March 12, with a Keynote Address by Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, FACS, chancellor, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, on the value proposition of simulation-based surgical education. A special panel will complement the keynote address with the following panelists offering their perspectives as distinguished university deans:

  • Barbara L. Bass, MD, FACS, FRCS(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), incoming dean, George Washington University, Washington, DC; former director, Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education, TX; and ACS Past-President
  • Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), dean and chief academic officer, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, and ACS Regent
  • K. Craig Kent, MD, FACS, incoming executive vice-president of health affairs, University of Virginia, Charlottesville; former dean of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus.

On Friday, March 13, the ACS is partnering with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) to explore the unique surgeon-anesthesiologist relationship and explain how simulation-based training can be used to improve team dynamics and patient care. This collaborative session is not to be missed!

Panel sessions, scientific paper presentations, posters, and interactive workshops also are planned for the meeting. Concurrent sessions, including a special track for simulation center personnel, will be offered so attendees can maximize their meeting experience. Attendees can mingle with colleagues during a networking reception on Friday evening. The meeting concludes March 14.

Register today

Register by March 2 to reserve your spot. As always, residents are eligible for discounted registration. For more information about the Summit, contact Cathy Sormalis, Manager, Accredited Education Institutes Program, at or 312-202-5535.

Applications for the 2020 Jacobson Promising Investigator Award

The Jacobson Promising Investigator Award

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is accepting nominations for the 16th Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award (JPIA) to be conferred in 2020. This award has been established to recognize outstanding surgeons who are engaged in research that advances the art and science of surgery and who demonstrate early promise of significant contribution to the practice of surgery and the safety of surgical patients. The award is funded through a generous endowed fund established by the donors and administered by the ACS Surgical Research Committee (SRC).

Applications are due by February 21. Visit the JPIA page to review award criteria, application guidelines, and more.

Learn more

For additional information, please contact

Register for a 2020 ACS General Surgery Coding Workshop

2020 ACS General Surgery Coding WorkshopRegister now to attend a 2020 American College of Surgeons (ACS) General Surgery Coding Workshop. With Medicare and third-party payor policy and coding changes taking effect in 2020, and new reporting requirements for office visits in 2021, it is imperative that surgeons and their coding staff have accurate and up-to-date information to protect Medicare and other payor reimbursements, while also optimizing efficiency.

Coding workshop attendees will learn how to correctly code the procedures and services they provide and will have access to tools necessary to succeed, including a coding workbook to keep for future reference. Physicians receive up to 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for each day of participation. In addition, each day of the workshop meets AAPC guidelines for 6.5 continuing education units.

The Nashville, TN, and Chicago, IL, coding workshops will include a third day devoted to trauma and critical care coding. The 2020 workshop dates and locations are listed below:

  • March 19–20, Dallas, TX
  • August 6–8, Nashville
  • November 12–14, Chicago

Register now

For more information about the 2020 ACS coding workshops, visit the ACS website or e-mail

Join the CoC and NAPBC Site Reviewer Teams

Cancer ProgramsThe Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) are actively seeking medical professionals to join their accreditation site visit teams. Physicians with an interest in learning more about cancer patient care delivery across the country, and who have a desire to positively impact the quality of that care, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Accreditation by the CoC and NAPBC, Quality Programs of the American College of Surgeons, demonstrates a cancer program's commitment to providing high-quality, multidisciplinary, patient-centered cancer care. Site Visit Reviewers perform a vital service in the accreditation process through site visits to and evaluation of cancer programs.

More information is available in the online CoC and NAPBC surveyor applications.