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NewsScope: August 23, 2019

Editor's note: Because of Labor Day weekend, ACS NewsScope will not be published next week. Publication will resume September 6. Best wishes to all of our readers for a happy and safe holiday.

Early Bird Registration for Clinical Congress 2019 Ends August 26Clinical Congress 2019

The August 26 deadline to qualify for the early bird registration rate for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2019, October 27–31 in San Francisco, CA, is quickly approaching. Attending surgeons, residents, and other health care professionals should register now to take advantage of the discounted rate.

The annual Clinical Congress features outstanding education and training opportunities at the premier annual surgical meeting for surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and members of surgical teams. The hallmarks of the Clinical Congress include a broad range of hands-on and didactic learning opportunities and timely discourse on the most relevant surgical practices and research, along with unparalleled access to peers through Named Lectures, Panel Sessions, Didactic/Experiential Courses, Surgical Skills Courses, Video-Based Education Sessions, Meet-the-Expert Sessions, and Town Hall Meetings. 

The meeting also will include a number of Member Engagement activities, including ACS 5K Running Tours, yoga, and the popular Taste of the City event where attendees can sample San Francisco’s dining and cultural scene.

Read more about and register for Clinical Congress 2019.

Register for 2019 TQIP Annual MeetingTrauma Quality Improvement Program

Registration is open for the 2019 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP®) Annual Scientific Meeting and Training, November 16–18 at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX. At the meeting, trauma medical directors, program managers, coordinators, and registrars from participating and prospective TQIP hospitals will convene in an ideal venue for networking and sharing of best practices. New this year, the program will include sessions on error management and high-functioning teams, as well as best practice guidelines for recognizing family violence, covering the topics of child abuse, elder abuse, and intimate partner violence.

The keynote speaker, Todd Maxson, MD, FACS, chief, trauma program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, will share his experience as both the provider and recipient of care in the Arkansas Trauma System. In addition, the TQIP program will feature a live trauma simulation followed by a debriefing with an expert panel, during which facilitators will discuss the value of simulation in trauma programs and how it can improve health care customer relationship management. The meeting also will include breakout sessions for registry staff, trauma medical directors, and trauma program managers to ensure everyone receives the knowledge most useful and pertinent to their role on the TQIP team.

Visit the 2019 TQIP annual meeting website to register, view the conference schedule, and obtain information about lodging, transportation, and Dallas attractions. For more information, contact ACS TQIP staff at

Dr. Bass Named Vice-President for Health Affairs and Dean of GW SMHS

Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Immediate Past-President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has been named vice-president for health affairs and dean of the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), Washington, DC, the university announced August 21. A widely respected academic medicine leader, surgeon, and researcher who completed her residency and served on faculty at GW, Dr. Bass will be the first woman to lead the SMHS. She returns to GW January 15, 2020.

At present, Dr. Bass is the John F. and Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Presidential Endowed Chair and chair, department of surgery, Houston Methodist Hospital (HMH), TX. In addition to her primary role at HMH, Dr. Bass chairs the surgery department in the Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group and has contributed to the development of the organization’s partnership with the hospital system it serves, helping to align the entities’ academic, clinical, and research missions. She also is professor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine; adjunct professor of surgery at Texas A&M College of Medicine; and member of the Houston Methodist Research Institute.

Completing her residency in general surgery at GW, Dr. Bass expanded her training with a research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research while serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, which launched her research career. After graduating, she began her career on the GW faculty as a general surgeon and surgeon-scientist at the Washington, DC, Veteran Affairs Hospital. 

Dr. Bass has established a pioneering career defined by excellence in patient care, educational innovation, interdisciplinary research, and discovery and service. In her new role, Dr. Bass will be responsible for leading SMHS’ academic, clinical, and research missions and providing strategic direction on all aspects of GW’s medical enterprise, including the university’s relationships with the medical faculty associates and GW Hospital. Read the GW announcement.