American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Opportunities and Resources

Do YOU Have an Idea for a Session at Clinical Congress 2021?

Do you have an idea for a session that you would love to attend or lead? The Young Fellows Association (YFA) has been increasingly successful at having our group's ideas chosen to be either sessions or Town Hall sessions during Clinical Congress. These events are excellent ways to share knowledge and expertise in both clinical and non-clinical areas. Proposals are due by February 15.

Submit your proposal idea

YFA Seeks Input from Members!

The mission of the ACS Foundation is to support the charitable work of the College outside political or clinical care. As important members of ACS, the YFA is interested in directing funds toward a cause that is meaningful to us. 

Take a brief survey and share your ideas with us.

Call for Speakers for the YFA Speakers Bureau

The YFA Education Workgroup invites all YFA members to join the YFA Speakers Bureau. If you have an area of expertise and you are willing to share your experience in future speaking engagements, please access the link below for a description of the YFA Speakers Bureau and an application site. 

Apply now

5 Reasons to Attend the ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Leadership & Advocacy Summit 20201. Learn about issues impacting surgeons from experts in Congress and the Division of Advocacy and Health Policy.

One full day (Monday, March 30) is spent learning about issues that impact surgeons. These panel sessions have included funding for firearm prevention research, unanticipated medical billing, overregulation of medical practice, measuring outcomes in health care, and alternative payment models. This is a great opportunity to learn about issues directly from the people who are actively involved in creating these policies on Capitol Hill.

2. Meet with members of Congress and/or their staffs to advocate what is important to you.

After spending time learning about the issues that impact surgeons, you can immediately put this knowledge to use and begin building relationships with your Representative and Senators on Tuesday, March 31. This is a good chance to meet the member of Congress or their staffs who work on this legislation.

3. Obtain high-yield leadership content from leaders of the American College of Surgeons.

The first full day (Sunday, March 29) is devoted to talks about leadership from leaders within the American College of Surgeons.

Topics include:

  • Implementing impactful ideas in care delivery
  • Empowering young surgeons to reach their potential
  • Having innovation, diversity, and inclusiveness in your practice
  • Being an inspirational, multifaceted, and authentic surgical leader
  • ACS CS chapter success stories
  • Keynote speaker VADM Jerome M. Adams, Surgeon General of the United States

4. Network with members from your state to help advance your state chapter.

Each year there is time for state chapters to break out and work on how to improve the state chapters for the betterment of surgeons. There is also an opportunity to learn from state chapter success stories.

5. It's cherry blossom time!

If you have never seen Washington, DC when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, you should!

Register today

Registration is open for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Leadership & Advocacy Summit, March 28–31 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. Register before March 9 and save. Hotel reservations received after the deadline date of March 1, or after the room block fills, are subject to rate and space availability. We look forward to seeing you in Washington!