As we’ve monitored the trajectory of COVID-19 cases and local restrictions in the conference’s host city of Chicago, across the U.S., and throughout the world, we’ve decided to hold the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2020 as an exclusively virtual event. Clinical Congress 2020 will be held October 4–7, and will be a little shorter than the traditional in-person event.
This was not an easy decision to make, but your health, safety, and welfare are of the utmost importance to us. A virtual Clinical Congress will ensure broad participation for all those who want to attend, especially individuals whose institutions have travel bans in place throughout the fall. The virtual Clinical Congress will include a live component and on-demand components beyond the dates of the Clinical Congress.
We are confident we can offer a best-in-class educational event for all attendees, presenters, and exhibitors. Clinical Congress is the largest educational meeting of surgeons in the world. Our program will focus on the latest advances in surgical science, practice, and education, united under this year’s theme of The Joys of Learning, Collaborating, and Giving Back.
Please watch for future communications from the College about the virtual Clinical Congress 2020, particularly if you are one of the many surgeons who will be presenting at this year’s meeting. Visit the ACS website to stay up to date and read our Clinical Congress 2020 FAQs. We will share registration details and additional important program information shortly.
You have our thoughts and best wishes as many of you resume a more active surgical practice during this unprecedented time. The ACS will continue to support you and be your advocate in the weeks and months ahead as you navigate challenging issues that have profoundly affected our profession and our patients.
Valerie W. Rusch MD, FACS
President, American College of Surgeons
Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS
Chair, Board of Regents, American College of Surgeons
L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS
Vice-Chair, Board of Regents, American College of Surgeons
David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
Executive Director, American College of Surgeons