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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
The ACS continues to ensure that surgical patients
receive care from well-trained, highly qualified sur-
geons. This year, we have worked to improve surgical
training through the efforts of the “Fix the Five”
Committee on Residency Training, a newly created
Committee on the Future of Surgery Residency and
Training, and the Transition to Practice Program.
To help surgeons at all stages of their careers develop
and sharpen their skills, expand their knowledge about
clinical care, and meet Maintenance of Certification
requirements, the ACS continues to present the annual
Clinical Congress. This year’s meeting included a Sci-
entific Forum featuring scientific paper and poster
presentations and several member engagement events;
and was attended by more than 13,480 physicians, other
health care professionals, exhibitors, staff, and so on.
The ACS continues to play a leading role in advanc-
ing the field of simulation-based surgical education and
training around the world through the Consortium
of ACS-Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEIs). A
total of 80 ACS-AEIs have been accredited, including
77 Comprehensive Institutes and 12 Focused Institutes.
Education institutes accredited outside the U. S. include
four in Canada, one in the U.K., two in Sweden, two in
France, and one each in Greece, Italy, Argentina, Saudi
Arabia, and Spain.
The ACS seeks to develop and sustain programs of
value to all surgeons of all specialties and of all interests at every stage of their career. To better understand
your evolving needs and determine where we might
be coming up short of some surgeons’ expectations,
the ACS is conducting a survey of nonmember board-certified surgeons, the results of which will be analyzed
to determine additional strategies to support member
recruitment. We also have begun contacting members
in an effort to reduce membership terminations.
To help surgeons who are interested in vol-
unteerism and humanitarian efforts, the College
recruited a new Medical Director, Girma Tefera,
MD, FACS, for Operation Giving Back. Efforts are
under way to assess member involvement and needs
relative to volunteerism activities and to develop
new programs, including a domestic volunteer pro-
gram and a humanitarian volunteer boot camp.
We also recruited M. Margaret “Peggy” Knudson,
MD, FACS, to serve as Medical Director of the Military
Health Services Surgical Partnership ACS (MHSSPACS)
established in 2014. This year, the MHSSPACS led an
effort to revitalize the Excelsior Surgical Society, which
held its first meeting at Clinical Congress 2015, featur-
ing a half-day program that united surgeons from the
U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Finally, last year we established the online ACS
Communities. More than 100 of these communities
are now up and running, allowing members to share
their experiences, interests, and concerns.
It is telling that at this year’s Clinical Congress, we initiated 1,679 new Fellows—one of the largest classes in
ACS history. I believe that interest in ACS membership
is on the rise because, as these highlights of the year
indicate, this organization has real value for surgeons
who are striving to ensure that they are able to provide
optimal care to all surgical patients.
On behalf the ACS volunteers and staff, I wish you
all a happy and successful new year. We look forward
to continuing to exceed your expectations in 2016. ♦
I believe that interest in ACS membership is on the rise because,
as these highlights of the year indicate, this organization has
real value for surgeons who are striving to ensure that they
are able to provide optimal care to all surgical patients.