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Register for ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course

The 2019 ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course, November 14–17 in Chicago, IL, is an intensive three-and-a-half-day review course that will cover essential content areas in general surgery, including alimentary tract, endocrine and soft tissue, oncology, skin and breast, surgical critical care, trauma, and vascular operations, as well as perioperative care.

Course Chair John A. Weigelt, MD, DVM, MMA, FACS, and a distinguished faculty will use didactic and case-based formats to present a comprehensive and practical review. Dr. Weigelt is professor of surgery, University of South Dakota and the Sanford Health System, Sioux Falls, and Medical Director, ACS Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program.

The course provides a pragmatic review designed to focus on practice issues and will include several special features, including self-assessment materials, such as pre- and posttests. It may be helpful in preparing for examinations. Self-assessment credit will be available.

The ACS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians. The ACS designates this live activity for a maximum of 28 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Register today. Space is limited and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and registration, visit the ACS website or e-mail or

Apply for ACS Traveling Fellowships to ANZ, Germany, and Japan by November 15

The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has announced the availability of traveling fellowships to Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), Germany, and Japan. Applications are due November 15.

The traveling fellowships encourage the international exchange of information concerning surgical science, practice, and education and foster professional and academic collaborations and friendships. The traveling fellowships, which are available in most surgical specialties, are open to ACS Fellows younger than age 50.

The Traveling Fellows will spend at least two to three weeks in the countries that they visit. Their activities will include attending and participating in the 2021 annual scientific meeting of the host country, as follows:

  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Perth (May 3–7)
  • German Society of Surgery, Munich (April 8–10)
  • Japan Surgical Society, Chiba (April 8–10)

View the full description and a link to the application form on the ACS website.

Register for Annual Stanford Global/Humanitarian Surgery Skills Course 

The Center for Global Health and Innovation at Stanford University School of Medicine (SUSM), CA, will host a 1.5-day Continuing Medical Education course February 8–9, 2020, on humanitarian surgery skills. The deadline to register is January 3, 2020.

The seventh annual International Humanitarian Surgical Skills Course will review common conditions encountered in limited-resource environments and will provide instruction, case scenarios, simulation on common conditions, and procedures performed in these settings. The course will offer the essential elements of tropical disease, low-resource anesthetics, surgical safety, ethics, and cultural considerations in such settings. Specific skill areas that will be covered include orthopaedic dislocations and fracture management, cesarean sections, postpartum hemorrhage, dilation and curettage, hand injuries, burns management, hand-cut skin grafts, Z-plasty, blind burr holes, tubal pregnancy, primary tissue repair of hernias, and hysterectomy.

Space is limited, so register soon. SUSM designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. For more information and to register, visit the Stanford Medicine website. For registration assistance, e-mail