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Conference Events

Enhanced Recovery: Transforming Elective and Emergency General Surgery Care Through Evidence and Implementation

Improving Surgical Care and RecoveryThursday, July 23 | 2:00–5:00 pm

The Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR) team will host an event on Thursday, July 25, 2020, the day prior to the conference. There will be a brief, broad overview tailored to hospitals newer to the enhanced recovery. However, most of the session will focus on lessons learned in ISCR and thinking about how to spread this work to newer populations like emergency general surgery while refining existing colorectal ISCR/ERAS programs with an eye to sustainability.

This event is appropriate for those sites newly considering an enhanced recovery program, those working through their implementation process, and those teams ready to push enhanced recovery programs into new service lines. Regardless of where you are in the enhanced recovery journey, this session will provide details, examples, and workshop-style discussions to take your site to the next level.

The highlights of the day include:

  • Learn creative approaches to standardize emergency general surgery procedures
  • Hear how to improve adherence to evidence and improve efficiency for patients undergoing routine appendectomies and cholecystectomies – did you know that small incremental changes can translate into significant improvements for patients?
  • Review what we, as a collaborative, have learned about emergency colorectal surgery in ISCR and come away with pearls about how to refocus your efforts for improvement
  • Learn tips on how to streamline and hardwire your ISCR/ERAS program so it is the new norm and not a “special project”
  • Test your overall enhanced recovery and ISCR knowledge in a game of Jeopardy and make your hospital proud!
  • Discover networking opportunities

Interested in attending?

Please send an email to to express your interest in attending the event.

Sign up for the events listed below will be available once registration is open for the conference.

Welcome Reception

Friday, July 24 | 6:00–8:00 pm

Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

The Welcome Reception will take place at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, a historic building with rustic charm and a scenic view of Minneapolis’s skyline. Attendees will enjoy the indoor/outdoor space with the ability to network, relax, enjoy summer-inspired food and beverages and experience live entertainment. Attendees should wear casual clothing to enjoy the upscale picnic-like atmosphere.

Complimentary shuttle transportation will be provided from each of the seven conference hotels beginning at 5:45 pm. Detailed shuttle departure location and further information will be provided closer to the event through the conference app. Shuttles will begin returning to the hotels at 8:00 pm.

Guests are welcome to attend for an additional fee of $125.

Quality Program Socials

Saturday, July 25 | 5:00–6:30 pm

Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Attendees are encouraged to join their fellow program colleagues for an evening of networking, refreshments and light appetizers. This event is a terrific opportunity to meet fellow peers that are working within the same quality program, as well as network across quality programs. The programs below will each have a social event.

  • ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) ***
  • Children's Surgery Verification (CSV)/ACS NSQIP Pediatrics
  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
  • Cancer Quality Programs

***Those interested in ACS NSQIP Adult, Geriatric Surgery Verification, Trauma Programs, and the Surgeon Specific Registry are encouraged to attend the ACS NSQIP Quality Program Social.

All attendees are invited to attend any one of these events.

Abstract Poster Reception and Networking Event

Sunday, July 26 | 5:30–7:30 pm

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Abstract Poster Reception and Networking Event will feature hundreds of abstract posters and present the opportunity for attendees to interact with the primary authors and ask questions about their work.

Attendees will be encouraged to vote for the best poster, and by voting they will be automatically included in a raffle for prizes. The primary author of the poster who receives the most votes and the raffle winner will be announced during the final general session on Monday morning, July 27.

Concierge Services

Visit the Meet Minneapolis Restaurant & Information desk location in the main lobby of the convention center from 8:00 am–4:30 pm.

Staff will be available onsite and happy to help with:

  • Restaurant reservations
  • Recommendations on attractions, museums and shopping
  • Directions and public transportation

Visit the Meet Minneapolis microsite for more information on restaurants, attractions, etc.


If you have any questions about the events listed above, please contact us at