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Registration Now Open for 2020 ACS Leadership & Advocacy SummitLeadership & Advocacy Summit

Registration is open for the ninth annual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Leadership & Advocacy Summit, March 28–31 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The Summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provide ACS members, leaders, and advocates with information on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to congressional offices.

The Leadership Summit begins Saturday, March 28, with a Welcome Reception open to all registrants, followed by a full day of programming Sunday, March 29. Speakers will address key topics, including implementing impactful ideas in health care delivery; prioritizing innovation, diversity, and inclusiveness in your practice; serving as an inspirational and multifaceted surgical leader; and more. In addition, a portion of the event will be dedicated to sharing ACS chapter success stories and working to identify strategies to enhance and strengthen chapters. The keynote speaker for the Leadership Summit will be Vice-Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, U.S. Surgeon General.

The Advocacy Summit will follow the Leadership Summit Sunday, March 29, with a dinner and keynote address. The Advocacy Summit offers attendees the unique opportunity to gain insight and additional tools to become more knowledgeable and effective advocates for surgery. Sessions planned for Monday, March 30, will center on the political environment in Washington, DC, and speakers will highlight critical health care issues affecting the surgical community and surgical patients. Tuesday, March 31, attendees will apply this knowledge during in-person meetings with members of Congress and congressional staff to continue to educate offices about ACS advocacy priorities.

Register now. The early-bird registration deadline is March 9, and hotel reservations received after March 1 or after the room block fills are subject to rate and space availability. For information about the Leadership Summit, contact Brian Frankel at, or 312-202-5361. For information on the Advocacy Summit, contact Austin O’Boyle at or 202-672-1511.

Register for a 2020 ACS General Surgery Coding Workshop

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

ACS-Pfizer 2020 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Nominations OpenOperation Giving Back

The American College of Surgeons (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 Operation Giving Back (OGB) nominations page.

Read more about the awards, and contact OGB with any questions at