geons at their institutions and encourage them to apply
for ACS Fellowship. They also were asked to contact
Fellows in their geographic area and specialty who
were delinquent in their dues payments.
•Former Fellows terminated over the last five years
for nonpayment of dues were contacted and provided
with an offer to reinstate their membership via a trial
• The Member Recognition Workgroup is hosting “
reunions” for the Initiate classes of 1966 and 1991 at Convocation this year.
The College continues to add new chapters and
to expand the range of services available to them.
Details are as follows:
• The Trinidad and Tobago Chapter was chartered as
the newest international chapter.
•An Association Management Services pilot program
is under way with participation from four chapters.
•The first Chapter Officer Leadership Program will
occur in March 2017. This program is designed exclusively for domestic chapter officers seeking to develop
their leadership skills.
•A total of 13 webinars have been presented in the last
year to provide chapter leaders with strategies and
tools to run a successful chapter.
Activities carried out by the Board of Governors
(B/G) workgroups include the following:
•Developed ACS statement on concurrent surgery,
which was added to the ACS Statements on Principles
•Completion of the 2016 B/G annual survey on such
topics as chapter issues/concerns, acute care general
•Revision of the Chapter Guidebook
•Establishment of four ACS Communities for International Fellows
•Updates to the ACS NSQIP surgical site infection prevention guidelines and development of guidelines on
management of postoperative fever
•Development of resources on the impaired surgeon,
burnout, the disruptive surgeon, healthy lifestyles,
environmental hazards in the OR, suicide prevention, and coaching
•Development of an Onboarding Checklist for Sur-
The Young Fellows Association (YFA) has engaged
in the following activities:
• Paired 22 mentors/mentees for annual YFA Speed Mentoring Program
•Distributed videos on the value of ACS membership
•Converted 67 Associate Fellows to Fellows
• Worked with Chapter Services to identify at least one
YFA representative per chapter
•Conducted a study on OR attire restrictions
• Developed Speed Mentoring abstract for presentation at
the Scientific Forum and publication in JACS
Resident and Associate Society (RAS) activities include
• Started the JACS Journal Club to encourage members to
read and comment on journal articles