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

From the Directors Desk: What We Will Learn

Heidi Nelson, MD, FACSHeidi Nelson, MD, FACS
Medical Director, ACS Cancer Programs

In just four weeks, from July 24 to 27, the American College of Surgeons will be hosting the first-ever virtual Quality and Safety Conference. Mark your calendar and plan to attend. Registration is free, and newcomers are welcome to learn a bit about the educational and networking opportunities the Quality and Safety Conference offers.

While the conference content will still cover important cancer quality and outcomes topics, the delivery of the content has been adjusted to optimize virtual participation. First, we want to encourage both real-time and asynchronous attendance, and so the sessions are being recorded. Second, we are adjusting the sessions to be shorter and are planning to use chat-type tools to solicit audience questions. We are setting aside more time in each session for panel discussion to bring more depth and engagement to the material. Dedicated moderators will communicate audience questions with the panelists to ensure lively discussions. A full list of program sessions will be forthcoming, but we can say right now there will be greater emphasis on quality improvement, including basic primers and practical approaches to the implementation of quality improvement. There will also be presentations on the cancer surgery standards and synoptic operative reports and on COVID-19 and cancer.

Visit the conference website for more information on the session topics as it becomes available, mark your calendar, and plan to attend. We are excited to enter into this new world of virtual education and networking, and together we will learn the unique value and challenges of virtual meetings.