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Florida Surgeons Convene in Tallahassee for Advocacy Day

The Florida, South Florida, and Jacksonville Chapters of the America College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted a combined advocacy day January 31 at the state capitol in Tallahassee. In addition to advocating on behalf of patients and surgeons, participants from the three chapters conducted a Stop the Bleed® event, demonstrating to legislators and the public techniques to save lives in the case of a traumatic bleeding injury by applying tourniquets and packing wounds. More than 200 people were trained within five hours, and the event drew local television news coverage. Participants included political staff, Miami-Dade County firefighters, and capitol visitors.

The Florida Chapters were recipients of an enhanced ACS Chapter Advocacy Lobby Day Grant, which provided $12,000 to help fund the event. For more information about the Florida event or the ACS Chapter Advocacy Lobby Day grant program, e-mail

Surgeons at the joint Florida Stop the Bleed event included Ali Kasraeian, MD, FACS (left), and Brian Yorkgitis, DO, FACS (center, in red) of the Jacksonville Chapter.  Edwin Gonzalez, MD, FACS (immediate left of Dr. Yorkgitis), of the Florida Chapter, can be seen in the background training participants.

College Trains Senate Homeland Security Committee to Stop the Bleed

Staff from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Advocacy and Health Policy hosted a Stop the Bleed® training session for approximately 30 staff from the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs February 5. The event focused on how early intervention from a Stop the Bleed-trained individual can save the life of someone suffering from a bleeding injury, as well as ways to help promulgate the Stop the Bleed program. As a result of the event, the staff left with a better understanding of how to become lifesaving immediate responders and the value of bleeding control training. The training took place with the assistance of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chair of the committee.

For more information about trauma advocacy, contact Justin Rosen, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at

Call for Scientific Forum Abstracts and Video Submissions for Clinical Congress 2018

The call for Scientific Forum Abstracts and Video Abstracts for the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2018, October 21–25 in Boston, MA, is now open. Abstracts for the Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum and the Video-based Education Sessions should be submitted online.

Two new features in the 2018 Scientific Forum are as follows:

  • New Research Orientation available for submission: Prospective Clinical Trials
  • The Scientific Forum will partner with the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS) to e-publish accepted manuscripts in conjunction with the Clinical Congress. Abstracts need to be accepted for an eight-minute oral presentation and submitted to JACS by July 1 to be considered for publication.

The submission deadline is Thursday, March 1 at 5:00 pm Central Time.

The Scientific Forum Committee does not accommodate or consider late abstract submissions.

Medical students, surgery residents, and practicing surgeons and scientific researchers at all levels are encouraged to submit abstracts. Categories include, but are not limited to, the following: general surgery, cardiac/thoracic surgery, bariatric/foregut surgery, breast surgery, endocrine surgery, ethics, global surgery/humanitarian outreach, health sciences research, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedic surgery, surgical education, urology, and vascular surgery.

Register for an Upcoming 2018 ACS General Surgery Coding Workshop

Registration is open to attend an American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2018 General Surgery Coding Workshop. With Medicare and third-party payor policy and coding changes taking effect this year, it is imperative that surgeons have accurate and up-to-date information to protect their reimbursements and optimize efficiency.

During the coding workshop, you will learn how to report surgical procedures and medical services and will have access to the tools necessary to succeed, including a coding workbook to keep for future reference with checklists, resource guides, templates, and examples. 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 ACS will offer the following five remaining coding workshops in 2018:

  • Orlando, FL, February 22–23
  • Chicago, IL, April 12–13
  • New York, NY, May 17–19
  • Nashville, TN, August 9–10
  • Chicago, IL, November 1–3

The ACS also will offer a three-day course, including a day devoted to trauma and critical care coding at the New York City and (November) Chicago workshops. For more information about the 2018 ACS coding workshops, visit the ACS website or e-mail