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American College of Surgeons Upcoming Meetings – COVID-19 Impact

After closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and assessing its current and potential impact, the American College of Surgeons has made the decision to reschedule or change the format of some upcoming events convened by the College.

Currently, the meetings impacted include the Committee on Trauma 98th Annual Meeting, the ATLS® Global Symposium, and the 2020 ACS Surgical Simulation Summit and its associated events. Alternative formats for the Committee on Trauma and ATLS Global Symposium are being considered, and the 2020 ACS Surgical Simulation Summit will be rescheduled for a later date. Updates regarding these meetings will be communicated shortly.

The health and well-being of our members, employees, partners, and others who help us host these events is our top priority. Many attendees at our events are health care professionals who are on the frontlines of caring for the public. This is a fast-changing situation and the College will make decisions on future events with these important principles in mind.

We apologize for the difficulty and inconvenience resulting from these changes. While this is not an easy decision, we believe it is in the best interest of all parties.

Future meetings will be considered as we closely watch this situation as it unfolds. We will share information soon regarding when the postponed events will be rescheduled.

CoC Announces 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award RecipientsCommission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has recognized 48 recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA). 

The OAA designation is presented to exceptional CoC-accredited programs that have met the criteria for all 34 cancer program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, and quality improvement. Programs are further evaluated on six commendation standards. Award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 26 remaining cancer program standards. 

“More and more, we’re finding that patients and their families want to know how the health care institutions in their communities compare with one another,” said Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, FACP, Chair of the CoC. “They want access to information in terms of who’s providing the best quality of care, and they want to know about overall patient outcomes. Through this recognition program, I’d like to think we’re playing a small but vital role in helping them make informed decisions on their cancer care.”

The CoC acknowledges these programs for their efforts to provide high-quality cancer care, demonstrate accountability, and a strong commitment to CoC accreditation. Read more on the CoC web page.

ACS Committee on Trauma Gun Safety Brochure Now Available in Spanish

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce and prevent firearm-related injuries, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) in late 2018 released Gun Safety and Your Health. The COT has recently translated the brochure into Spanish to offer this resource to a population that experiences an increased risk of gun violence. The brochure is available for download on the ACS website.

This public education brochure contains messaging geared toward patients and their families and offers recommendations for responsible firearm ownership, including firearm safety and best practices for safe ammunition and firearm storage. 

Interpersonal violence disproportionately affects minority populations, and homicide is the leading cause of death in young African Americans and the second leading cause of death among the young Latino population.

Spanish is commonly spoken in communities affected by violence, and as the Spanish-speaking population continues to grow in the U.S., so does the need for outreach materials. Many members of the ACS care for Spanish-speaking patients and expressed the need to offer this type of resource to both patients and patients’ families, particularly because their own Spanish language skills are limited. This brochure was translated by certified medical translator professionals to ensure cultural and linguistic sensitivity.

Visit the ACS website to download the Spanish and English versions of the brochure, and read more about ACS COT’s firearm prevention activities.

Participate in SurgeonsPAC Activities at the ACS Leadership & Advocacy SummitSurgeonsPAC

The 2020 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, March 28−31 in Washington, DC, offers Fellows and other members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) the opportunity to network with colleagues and to learn more about effective advocacy and the political environment in the nation’s capital.

The ACS Professional Association Political Action Committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) hosts a variety of events for ACS members and SurgeonsPAC contributors at the Summit. These events provide exclusive networking opportunities to members interested in becoming more active participants in the political process. Other SurgeonsPAC-sponsored activities include an annual drawing and giveaway (for on-site contributors), a luncheon featuring political prognosticators, and presentation of the 2019 PAC awards.

SurgeonsPAC is an extension of ACS members’ advocacy engagement. Without the relationships established by SurgeonsPAC, it would be more difficult to gain access to members of Congress who are willing to help advocate for the College's legislative priorities.

For more information about PAC activities at the Leadership & Advocacy Summit, contact staff at To learn more about recent SurgeonsPAC achievements, read the 2019 Year in Review.

Note: Contributions to ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary, and all members of ACSPA have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Federal law prohibits ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC from accepting contributions from foreign nations. By law, if your contributions are made using a personal check or credit card, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC may only use your contribution to support candidates in federal elections. All corporate contributions to ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC will be used for educational and administrative fees of ACSPA and other activities permissible under federal law. Federal law requires ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC is a program of the ACSPA, which is exempt from federal income tax under section 501c (6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Several ACS Websites Will Be Unavailable March 6−9 for System Maintenance

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will perform systems maintenance and upgrades on several ACS websites beginning at 5:00 pm Central time Friday, March 6. We anticipate having the services back online by 8:00 am Central Monday, March 9. View a detailed list of sites and services that will be unavailable during this time.