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  • February 18, 2020 11:06 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    Participants in this coding workshop will not only learn how to correctly report surgical procedures and medical services, but will also have access to the tools necessary to succeed, including coding workbooks to keep for future reference that include exercises, checklists, resource guides, templates, and examples. Physicians receive up to 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for each day of participation. In addition, each day of the workshop meets AAPC guidelines for 6.5 continuing education units. 

    Register Today

    Thursday Course: Office Procedures and E/M Coding 
    At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • NEW! Recognize the E/M office visit changes for 2021
    • Demonstrate accurate coding of E/M office and hospital visits in 2020
    • Identify appropriate use of modifiers with E/M services
    • Describe the components of the global surgical package, including critical care rules
    • Demonstrate coding for screening versus diagnostic colonoscopy
    • Apply teaching physician rules and coding for services
    • Describe accurate coding of telemedicine, eVisits, consults, and non-face-to-face services
    • Implement practice management strategies for collecting from patients with high-deductible health plans. 

    Friday Course: 2020 Successful Surgical Coding 
    At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Distinguish different categories of codes and how payment differs
    • Describe what is included in a global surgical package and what can be reported separately 
    • Distinguish what surgical modifier to report 
    • Describe documentation requirements for unlisted codes 
    • Demonstrate correct coding and documentation for radiology services
    • Describe coding for different surgical approaches 
    • Identify when to report mesh and reinforcement implants
    • Demonstrate correct coding for a variety of general surgery procedures

  • February 13, 2020 9:54 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is offering two positions for Associate Fellow surgeons in a two-year, fully funded fellowship with the ACS Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) program. The application process opened on January 15, 2020 for positions starting July 1, 2020.  Applicants must be Associate Fellows of the American College of Surgeons, and must have graduated from an accredited allopathic or osteopathic medical school in the United States or Canada; have completed residency and/or fellowship training in the United States or Canada; and have been in practice for less than 6 years.


    The goal of the fellowship is to foster the development of surgical experts in the implementation of such a population-based quality program, as well as, to support the actual implementation of the ACS GSV at the Fellows’ own institution (or an institution within their Chapter’s catchment area). Scholars will be provided mentorship, education, support, and first-hand experience by the College, and will learn the skills necessary to address issues of patient safety and health care quality in this geriatric population. Ideally, at the completion of the two years, the scholar would have the tools and support to apply for grant funding in geriatric surgical care delivery and/or outcomes. 


    The application deadline is April 1, 2020. For more information, go to:

  • February 11, 2020 9:55 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    This six-day intensive course, offered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education, is designed to provide surgeons with the knowledge and skills to enhance their abilities as teachers and administrators of surgical education programs.  The course emphasizes the needs of adult learners and the techniques necessary to develop an effective learning environment for medical students, surgical residents, and colleagues.  This course is intended for full-time faculty members who are interested in acquiring or honing skills in curriculum development, teaching, performance and program evaluation, program administration, and faculty who have direct teaching responsibilities for medical students or residents.


    Applications are available at and will be accepted until March 6th, 2020.

  • February 11, 2020 9:54 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    The Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) are actively seeking medical professionals to join their accreditation site visit teams. Physicians with an interest in learning more about cancer patient care delivery across the country, as well as have a desire to positively impact the quality of that care, are strongly encouraged to apply.


    Accreditation by the CoC and NAPBC quality programs of the American College of Surgeons demonstrates a cancer program’s commitment to providing high-quality, multidisciplinary, patient-centered cancer care. Site Visit Reviewers perform a vital service in the accreditation process through site visits to and evaluation of cancer programs.


    More information is available in the CoC and NAPBC surveyor applications.

  • October 07, 2019 11:13 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

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

    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 Friday, 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 under the age of 50.


    The Traveling Fellows will spend a minimum of two or three weeks in the countries that they visit. Their activities will include attending and participating in the 2020 annual scientific meeting of the host country: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Perth (May 3-7); Germany Society of Surgery, Munich (April 8–10); and Japan Surgical Society, Chiba (April 8–10). View the full description and a link to the application form on the ACS website. []. Questions may be directed to the Scholarships Administrator, at


    ACS Faculty Research Fellowships for 2020-2022 Available

    The College offers faculty research fellowships through the generosity of Fellows, Chapters, and friends of the College, to surgeons entering academic careers in surgery or a surgical specialty.  These fellowships assist surgeons in the establishment of a new and independent research program.  Applicants should have demonstrated their potential to work as independent investigators.  The fellowship award is $40,000 per year to support the research.


    The Franklin Martin Fellowship honors the College's founder.  The C. James Carrico Fellowship is dedicated to trauma and critical care research.  There are two more undesignated fellowships. All of them are two years in length. 


    The closing date for receipt of applications and all supporting documents is November 15, 2019.  The full requirements and application form are posted on the ACS website at   Questions may be directed to the Scholarships Administrator, at

  • September 16, 2019 8:28 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    PSOH Annual Scientific Meeting

    October 4, 2019
    Allegheny General Hospital
    George J. Magovern, MD Conference Center
    320 East North Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    Why Should You Attend?

    • Full day education program with presentations from experts in the oncology and hematology field
    • Chance to network with fellow oncologists, hematologists, nurses, CTRs, PAs from across Pennsylvania
    • Opportunity to meet with various exhibitors offering new products and services

    Meeting Topics

    • Precision Medicine, Genomics & Digital Health
    • State Legislative Update (Rep. Kerry A. Benninghoff, House Cancer Caucus Chair)
    • Oncology Service Line Development & Clinical Pathways
    • Platforms and Care Model Coordination for Patient Care
    • GI Panel Discussion
    • Microbiome: An Intersection of Diet, Disease & Immunotherapy
    • Value Based Care Models in the Quality Based Era
    • CAR-T Cell Hematology and Solid Tumors

    Accreditation For Physicians

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Society of Oncology and Hematology. The Pennsylvania Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Pennsylvania Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Optional Educational Opportunity - October 3

    Hyatt Place Pittsburgh - North Shore
    260 N Shore Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212
    5:30 p.m. 

    5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

    Advances in Adjuvant Treatment in Non-Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

    Session provided by Rockpointe. This lecture does not relate to the PSOH educational program. Jointly provided by Potomac Center for Medical Education and Rockpointe Oncology. This activity is supported by educational grant from Pfizer, inc.


    If you have any questions about the meeting details, please contact Judy Clapp, Meeting Manager at 717-909-2682 or via email

    Register to attend

  • June 26, 2019 8:00 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    The ACS Clinical Congress features outstanding education and training opportunities at the premier annual surgical meeting for surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and members of surgical teams. The hallmarks of the Clinical Congress are a broad range of outstanding hands-on and didactic learning opportunities and timely discourse on the most relevant surgical practices and research, along with unparalleled access to peers.

    Who Should Attend and What’s Included?

    Registration is open to all physicians and individuals in the health care field and includes a name badge, program book, and entrance to the exhibits and all sessions, excluding Postgraduate Courses and Meet-the-Expert Sessions.*

    *The following sessions are included with your Clinical Congress registration and are not ticketed. Registering for these sessions does not guarantee seating within the course. Seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis until the meeting room is full.

    Online Registration

    ACS Members


    If you are an ACS Member and need to confirm your login and password, please send a request to



    Nonmember residents and medical students are eligible to register online. Please complete the online registration and follow the verification letter instructions provided.

    All scientific registration categories are eligible to register online. Should you require a registration form PDF, please contact Registration Services at

    Already registered? Access your existing registration.

     Download the Clinical Congress Program Planner

  • December 18, 2018 9:29 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    Learn More

    The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is pleased to offer again this year a limited number of scholarships to Resident members of the ACS who are interested in attending the upcoming Leadership & Advocacy Summit, March 30–April 2, 2019, at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC. The eighth annual Summit is a dual meeting that offers volunteer leaders and advocates specialized educational sessions focused on effective surgeon leadership, interactive advocacy training and coordinated visits to Congressional offices.

    Details on how to apply can be found at the following link: The deadline to apply is Friday, January 11, 2019.

  • November 01, 2018 11:57 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    The 2018 TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting and Training brings together trauma medical directors, program managers, coordinators, and registrars from participating and prospective Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) hospitals and provides an ideal venue for networking and for the sharing of best practices. 

    The meeting will include role-specific breakout sessions to ensure all staff members receive the knowledge most useful and pertinent to their role on their facility’s TQIP team. In addition, Level III, Pediatric, and collaborative specific sessions will be offered, as well as sessions geared towards staff at new TQIP centers, new staff at existing centers, and those who need a TQIP refresher.

     Register today

    Reserve Your Hotel Accommodations

    Reserve your room at the Hilton Anaheim or Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort today to receive the ACS group rate. Both hotels are conveniently located on the Anaheim Convention Center campus.

     Reserve your room

  • September 21, 2018 1:04 PM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    Boston Convention & Exhibition Center - Boston, MA
    October 21-25

    The ACS Clinical Congress features outstanding education and training opportunities at the premier annual surgical meeting for surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and members of surgical teams. The hallmarks of the Clinical Congress are a broad range of outstanding hands-on and didactic learning opportunities and timely discourse on the most relevant surgical practices and research, along with unparalleled access to peers.

    Learn more and register to attend

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