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ACS-Pfizer 2020 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Nominations Due February 15Operation 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. Nominations for the 2020 awards are due February 15, 2020.

The five award categories for which an individual can 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 the award? 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

Read the February Bulletin: Recapture the Joy of Surgery

The February issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons is available online. In this month’s cover story, Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, the Olga M. Jonasson, MD, Lecturer at Clinical Congress 2019, offers recommendations on how surgeons can overcome “moral injury” in these challenging times and recapture the joy of practicing surgery. Specifically, she suggests focusing on the patient rather than yourself, spending time with friends and family, and getting involved in American College of Surgeons (ACS) activities and committees, as well as those of other surgical societies.

Other highlights in this issue include the following:


Commentary and departments


The Bulletin is available in a variety of digital formats to satisfy every reader’s preference, including an interactive version and a smartphone app. Go to the Bulletin website to connect to any of these versions or to read the articles directly online.

Online Bulletin readers are encouraged to share their thoughts about the articles that they read. To leave a comment, scroll to the end of the article, and look for the “Leave a Reply” box. Commenters must enter their name and a valid e-mail address.

ACR Seeks Surgeons to Serve on Appropriateness Criteria Committees

The American College of Radiology (ACR) Committee on Appropriateness Criteria (AC) is seeking surgeon volunteers to serve on the several ACR AC committees. The committee openings and their anticipated month to begin work are as follows:

  • Evaluation of nipple discharge – February 2020
  • Postoperative breast – February 2020
  • Left lower quadrant pain-suspected diverticulitis – March 2020
  • Palpable breast masses - March 2020
  • Imaging of invasive breast cancer – April 2020
  • Right lower quadrant pain—suspected appendicitis – April 2020
  • Right upper quadrant pain – June 2020
  • Monitoring response to neoadjuvant systemic therapy for breast cancer – August 2020

The ACR AC are evidence-based guidelines to assist referring physicians and other providers in making the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a specific clinical condition. Employing these guidelines helps providers to enhance quality of care and to contribute to the most efficacious use of radiology. All the ACR AC topics, as well as additional information about the program, can be found on the AC web page.

All work is done via e-mail and conference calls; no travel is required. The total time commitment is typically six to eight hours per topic and includes the following tasks:

  • Review and comment on the draft variants/clinical scenarios
  • Review and comment on the draft document and evidence table
  • Participate in the rating rounds (during this part of the process, members rate the appropriateness of the imaging procedures)
  • Contribute to conference calls (generally one or two one-hour calls per topic)
  • Review the final document

Interested individuals should contact Kalindi Patel at by February 21, 2020, with your area of interest and an up-to-date curriculum vitae.

Submit Entries for RAS-ACS Communications Committee Essay ContestResident and Associate Society

The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) Communications Committee has announced its annual essay contest is now open for submissions. This year’s theme is “Man versus machine: Evaluating the role of artificial intelligence (AI) and innovative technology in surgery.” Essays on this topic are due May 1, 2020.

AI has been proposed as a potential solution to many clinical problems. Submissions should critically evaluate the status of AI technology and other innovations under discussion or investigation with a focus on technology’s positive and negative effects on resident training and surgical practice. Personal examples or anecdotes are encouraged.

Submit your essay. No exceptions will be allowed for late submissions. The winning essay will be published in a future issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. Contact with any questions.

ACS Members Save on Travel to Ireland through Collette

Members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) are encouraged to take advantage of the College’s partnership with Collette to save on travel to Ireland. Booking an air-inclusive Ireland tour through February 17 can lead to significant savings on flights, available from more than 30 eligible gateways.

Reserve now by calling Collette at 877-951-8687, or ask your travel professional about Collette, and mention the ACS to save up to $100 a person on a trip that will showcase Ireland’s landscapes, cuisine, and culture. 

Visit the Collette/ACS website to learn more.