American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

The mission of the Alliance/American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program (ACS CRP) is to reduce the impact of cancer by increasing knowledge and awareness of new evidence and practice standards; increasing the participation of community oncology surgeons in cancer research and cancer care activities; developing and implementing evidence-based practices in surgical oncology; and creating opportunities for meaningful health services research.

About ACS CRP

The program has four committees with unique goals and activities that work together to reach the program's overall research goals. These committees include:

The Principal Investigator and Director of the ACS CRP is Kelly Hunt MD, chair and professor, department of breast surgical oncology, division of surgery, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The ACS CRP was created when the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG), and Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) merged to form the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (Alliance) in 2012. The ACS CRP benefits from a close relationship with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Commission on Cancer (CoC)—organizations that can help validate and disseminate research from the Alliance. Together these groups share responsibility for developing surgical standards for use in Alliance clinical trial protocols and CoC accreditation in addition to disseminating new evidence-based knowledge.

Get Involved

The Alliance and the ACS CRP offer many opportunities for surgeons involved in the care of cancer patients to get involved in the research and development of evidence-based practices in surgical oncology.

Are you a surgeon interested in participating in clinical trials but are unsure how to get started? A new webinar and resource deck, developed through the American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program, were designed to help guide surgeons through the administrative and regulatory requirements needed to participate in clinical trials. This webinar will detail how to obtain a Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) Identity and Access Management (IAM) ID; how to register with the National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s Registration and Credential Repository (RCR); how to complete enhanced training requirements such as Good Clinical Practice (GCP); and provide information about the NCI Biosketch, Financial Disclosure Form and Agent Shipment Form.

For more information, e-mail clinicalresearchprogram@facs.org.

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The second volume of Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery, a collaborative manual from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, is now available for purchase.

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