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

    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

    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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • September 04, 2018 3:11 PM | Jim Ireland

    In late July, all US members of ACS with an email address were sent an initial email notifying them of an upcoming survey, followed by an email with a link to the survey.  The survey is anonymous and is being performed in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Survey Research Laboratory (SRL).  The web based survey is completed by clicking the unique link in the email with the subject header “ACS Firearm Injury Prevention Membership Survey.” The email came from David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and was sent on behalf of

    The last day to complete the survey is September 9th.  Please check your e-mail and SPAM folder if you have not yet completed the survey.  

  • June 12, 2018 1:20 PM | Jim Ireland

    Protect Your Medicare Payments
    Register Now- ACS General Surgery Coding Workshop in Nashville, TN

    With Medicare and third-party payor policy and AMA CPT coding changes taking effect in 2018, it is imperative that surgeons and their practice coding and billing team have accurate and up-to-date information to protect reimbursement and optimize efficiency. 

    Register now for the American College of Surgeons Coding Workshop to be held on August 9-10, 2018 in Nashville, TN.

    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 recieve 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.  

  • June 06, 2018 8:16 AM | Jim Ireland

    Take a moment to support your colleagues to fight a proposed provider tax on ambulatory surgery centers in the state. Take Action to tell your Pennsylvania lawmakers to reject a Provider Tax in the state budget. 

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf proposed a new PROVIDER TAX on Pennsylvania ambulatory surgery centers in his 2018-19 budget address. His proposal seeks a 2.81% tax on profitability (net patient revenue) to generate $25M on an annual basis. The tax is part of the Human Services Code which provides additional dollars for Medical Assistance. The tax will result in decreased access to high-quality, cost-efficient community based surgical care, and increase costs for patients, insurers, employers and the state. The legislature is giving serious consideration to approving the tax. 

    The new Provider Tax would be detrimental to ambulatory surgery centers that provide a critical part of the quality and affordability of health care in Pennsylvania (Fact Sheet on Provider Tax). 

    The Keystone and Philadelphia Chapters of the American College of Surgeons have joined with the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Ambulatory Surgery Association to oppose the new Provider Tax. A new tax on one part of medicine could lead to future taxes for others.

  • May 22, 2018 9:14 AM | Jim Ireland

    2018 Clinical Congress

    Clinical Congress 2018
    October 21-25
    Boston, MA

    Registration opens in June.

    New and Returning Postgraduate Courses

    The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will be offering Didactic Experiential Courses (DC) and Surgical Skills Courses (SC) at Clinical Congress 2018, October 21–25 in Boston, MA. New Postgraduate Courses this year include the following:

    • Minimally Invasive and Robot-Assisted Esophagectomy (SC02)
    • Surgical Endoscopy: Essential Skills in Gastrointestinal Surgery (SC04)
    • Foregut Surgery: Achalasia, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, and Obesity (SC06)
    • Atypical Breast Lesions: Defining and Managing this High-Risk Population (DC08)
    • And many more...

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