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Late-Breaking Clinical Trials Presented at Clinical Congress 2019Clinical Congress 2019

On Monday, October 28, at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2019, six surgical investigators will present their latest findings in a special session of the Scientific Forum. This call for abstracts was specifically designed to highlight practice-changing clinical trials relevant to surgeons. Abstracts accepted for presentation at this session include original research as well as previously presented research deemed essential for ACS Clinical Congress attendees. Join us in San Francisco as the latest cutting-edge research is presented.

The session information is as follows:

SF101 – Clinical Trials/Late-Breaking Abstracts
Monday, October 28, 2019, 9:45–11:15am Pacific time
Moscone Center North 20

  • Robotic versus Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair: A Multicenter, Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial
    Presented by Oscar A. Olavarria, MD
  • Surgical Residents’ Experiences with Discrimination, Abuse, Harassment and Burnout
    Presented by Yue-Yung Hu, MD, MPH
  • Gallstone Pancreatitis: Admission versus Normal Cholecystectomy—A Randomized Trial
    Presented by Krislynn Michelle Mueck, MD, MPH, MS
  • First Report of a National Pragmatic Trial of Enhanced Recovery Pathway Implementation
    Presented by Q. Lina Hu, MD, MS
  • Doxycycline Effects in the Non-Invasive Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Clinical Trial (N-TA3CT)
    Presented by B. Timothy Baxter, MD, FACS
  • Using Surgeon Data Feedback to Decrease Narcotic Prescriptions After Pediatric Appendectomy
    Presented by Edward Hagen, MD

Read more about the complete education program at Clinical Congress 2019.

Clinical Congress 2019 Is Your Chance to Meet an Expert

Meet-the-Expert Sessions at Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco, CA, offer you the opportunity to discuss a focused topic with a surgical expert. Don’t miss your chance to get insights into a challenging case or have your burning questions answered.

Advance registration for these sessions is required, and the $15 tickets are limited. At present, the following sessions still have seats available:

Monday, October 28 | 1:15–2:15 pm

  • ME108 Enteral Access for Nutrition with Richard J. Hendrickson, MD, FACS
  • ME109 Female Urology with Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, MMHC, FACS

Tuesday, October 29 | 11:30 am–12:30 pm

  • ME211 Pediatric Urology with David A. Bloom, MD, FACS
  • ME212 Personalized Medicine for Breast Cancer with Terry Sarantou, MD, FACS
  • ME214 Screening and Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer: PSA and Beyond with Robert R. Bahnson, MD, FACS, and Michael S. Cookson, MD, FACS

Wednesday, October 30 | 11:30 am–12:30 pm

  • ME304 Endoscopic Management of Anterior Skull Base Lesions: State of the Art with Ivan H. El-Sayed, MD, FACS
  • ME307 Improving Outcomes in Bladder Cancer Surgery: Important Advances in Care with Sam S. Chang, MD, FACS, and Tracy M. Downs, MD, FACS
  • ME309 Contemporary Issues in Men's Sexual Health with Robert R. Bahnson, MD, FACS

Register for the Clinical Congress and your chosen sessions.

Learn about the Mastery in General Surgery Program at Clinical CongressMaster in General Surgery Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Mastery in General Surgery Program offers a unique experience following formal training that includes increasing autonomy, building expertise in general surgery based on career goals, learning the business of medicine, and gaining practical experience to launch a surgical career.

At Clinical Congress 2019, the Mastery Program will host an informal Meet and Greet 11:30 am–12:30 pm Tuesday, October 29, where surgical educators and current residents can learn more about the program in the Education area of ACS Central, located in Moscone Center South, Halls ABC.

Throughout Clinical Congress, ACS staff will be available to answer questions about the Mastery Program in the Education area of ACS Central, or the Division of Education Satellite Booth in the Moscone Center South Lobby. Read more about the program and contact us at

Call for Applications for Firearm Injury Prevention Clinical Scholar in Residence Fellowship

In partnership with the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and Western Trauma Association, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) is offering a fully funded two-year, on-site fellowship in firearm injury prevention research, beginning in July or August 2020 and running through June 2022.

The Firearm Injury Prevention Clinical Scholar in Residence program is a unique opportunity for the surgical resident or fellow to gain firsthand experience in firearm injury prevention research, advocacy, and health policy. The clinical scholar will be engaged in ongoing firearm injury prevention research and initiatives within the ACS COT. In addition, the scholar will complete a master of science degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, and will meet regularly with a mentorship team of ACS COT surgeon leaders. This program is open to applicants who have completed at least two years of general surgical residency or who have finished surgical residency. Because the clinical scholars work closely with the ACS staff and need to complete coursework, it is required that they reside in Chicago for the duration of the fellowship.

Important program dates are as follows:

  • Application deadline: December 15, 2019
  • Notification of Appointment: February 3, 2020
  • Fellowship start date (flexible): July/August, 2020

For more program details, visit the Firearm Injury Prevention Clinical Scholar in Residence Program web page. Contact the ACS COT at with any questions.