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Visit for Latest from Clinical Congress 2019 is the online home of the Clinical Congress News—the daily newspaper published four times at the annual meeting and that will highlight the major events and nonclinical sessions at Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco, CA. At the Moscone Center, be sure to pick up a print edition of the newspaper to read about sessions and events from the premier annual meeting for surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and members of surgical teams.

Hospitals: Enroll in AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and RecoveryImproving Surgical Care and Recovery

The Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons (ACS), is now enrolling hospitals for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR), a collaborative program to enhance the recovery of surgical patients. The project is funded and guided by AHRQ; there is no fee for hospitals to join.

Interested hospitals are encouraged to begin enrollment now in order to participate in the 18-month program that begins March 1, 2020. We are enrolling hospitals interested in implementing an emergency general surgery or colorectal enhanced recovery surgery program. 

The ISCR National Project Team has worked with leading experts to bring proven enhanced recovery practices to emergency general surgery, including laparotomy patients, for the 2020 cohorts.

As part of this program, hospitals will have access to evidence-based enhanced recovery pathways, coaching and content calls with experts in the field, resources to help implement your program, the ACS data collection platform, and continuous clinical and implementation support. 

A new opportunity to improve opioid stewardship and outpatient multimodal pain control will be introduced with the launch of cohort 4. Participating hospitals will have access to the following:

  • Provider guidelines for appropriate outpatient opioid prescribing
  • Patient education on safe pain control after surgery
  • Opportunity to track opioid prescribing with new variables in the ACS registry for hospitals participating in the ISCR program

Participation is free to all U.S. hospitals. If you are interested in joining or learning more about one of our surgery programs, register for an upcoming informational webinar on the program website or e-mail to begin the enrollment process.

Clinical Congress opportunity
If any surgeons at your hospital are planning on attending the ACS Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco, CA, be sure to suggest that they attend the Enhanced Recovery session 2:30–3:30 pm Pacific time Monday, October 28, at the Moscone Center South, 306–308.

2020 CoC Standards Now Available for DownloadCommission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer’s (CoC) new accreditation standards, Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards), are now available for free download from the CoC website. With a few exceptions, programs are expected to implement the 2020 standards beginning January 1, 2020.

In addition to creating a new section in the CAnswer Forum, the CoC is offering a number of workshops, webinars, and national meeting presentations to support the 2020 standards. To learn more about implementation timelines, education opportunities, and other information related to the 2020 standards, visit the 2020 CoC Standards website.

Sponsor a Medical Student’s Attendance at Clinical CongressAmerican College of Surgeons Foundation

Each year, approximately 400 medical students from all years of medical school attend Clinical Congress for a three-day Medical Student Program offered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education. The ACS Foundation’s Sponsor a Medical Student initiative enables donors to be a part of preparing the next generation of surgical leaders by making a gift of $250 or more per student. 

This extraordinary program is available at no cost to ACS Medical Student Members who register in advance, and the substantial costs to develop and offer this annual program are borne by the ACS Division of Education. Learn more and donate.

Medical student Sarah Armenia detailed her invaluable experience and the lessons learned from attending the Medical Student Program at Clinical Congress in the August 2019 Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. Read her story today.

Visit ACS Insurance Program Booth at Clinical Congress

If you are attending the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco, CA, make sure to stop by booth 901 in the Exhibit Hall, Moscone Center South, Halls ABC, to get a free quote on any of the insurance products available to you as an ACS member. The program offers multiple term life and disability products, as well as a few supplemental products that you might not be aware of. As an ACS member, you will receive significant discounts on the premiums, and a multi-product discount can save you even more.

Read about the ACS Insurance Program.