Italy Chapter: Participants at the chapter meeting included (from left): Corradino A. Campisi, MD, PhD, FACS, Italy Chapter
President-Elect; Francesco Puccio, MD, FACS, Italy Chapter President; Dr. Dionigi; Dr. Buchmiller; Antonio Di Cataldo, MD,
FACS, ACS Governor for Italy; Giuseppe R. Nigri, MD, FACS, Italy Chapter Treasurer; Dr. Fisichella, Massachusetts Chapter
member; Dr. Jaklitsch; Franco Mosca, MD, FACS, Italy Chapter member; Giammauro Berardi, MD, Resident Member, Italy
Chapter; Alessio Vinci, MD, Resident Member, Italy Chapter; and Silvia Quaresima, MD, Resident Member, Italy Chapter.
in the event aimed at improving
young surgeon engagement in
chapter and College activities.
The chapter received a Resident
Surgical Jeopardy toolkit via
the pilot program sponsored
by the Resident and Associate
Society (RAS-ACS) Education
Committee. Metro Philadelphia
Chapter Vice-President Jeffrey
L. Butcher, MD, FACS, was
master of ceremonies for the
competition, and volunteer
judges included chapter
Council Members Sameer A.
Patel, MD, FACS, and Jeffrey
M. Farma, MD, FACS.
Resident participants from
Drexel University displayed
their incisive surgical knowledge
during the proceedings and were
awarded the Surgical Jeopardy
Tournament trophy. Drexel
will hold the trophy at their
institution for the next year.
Six other teams representing
universities and hospitals in the
Philadelphia area participated in
the successful tournament. The
chapter looks forward to hosting
future Jeopardy tournaments.
Additional photos of the event
may be seen on the Metropolitan
Philadelphia Chapter website
ACS Massachusetts Chapter
joins ACS Italy Chapter
annual meeting in Milan
Representatives of the
Massachusetts Chapter of the ACS
were guests at the 29th Annual
Italy Chapter meeting October 25,
2015, in Milan. Approximately one
year ago, the two chapters created
a partnership via the ACS Chapter
Partner Program to collaborate
and share ideas. Representatives
of the Massachusetts Chapter in
attendance included Michael T.
Jaklitsch, MD, FACS, Chapter
President; Terry Buchmiller,
MD, FACS, Past-President of the
chapter and present Governor
for Massachusetts; Cristina R.
Ferrone, MD, FACS, chapter
member; P. Marco Fisichella,
MD, FACS; and Beatrice Dionigi,
MD, a PGY- 4 resident at Brigham
and Women’s Hospital, Boston.
Ronald V. Maier, ACS First Vice-President, also attended. Each
of these individuals delivered
presentations at a special
international session. Laura F.
Goodman, MD, a PGY- 4 general
surgery resident at University of
California-Davis, also participated
in the proceedings via an
ACS International Exchange
Program award. Dr. Goodman
spoke on global surgery.
For the first time, the Italy
Chapter featured a Resident
Surgical Jeopardy contest
using the toolkit provided by
the RAS-ACS. Residents from
three surgical programs in Italy
participated in the competition.
Winning team members each
received free subscriptions to
minimally invasive surgery
courses provided by the Advanced
Surgery Academy of Milan.
Also in attendance at the Italy
Chapter meeting as a special
guest was then-ACS Governor for
Spain and former ACS Chair of
the Governors’ Chapter Activities
Miguel A. Cainzos, MD, FACS.
Dr. Cainzo’s participation in the
meeting was due in part to the
organization of chapters into
International Regions 14–17 via
the International Workgroup.
Chapters in the same region
are encouraged to offer joint
meetings or to participate in
the meetings of other local
chapters. Italy and Spain are both
members of the International
Workgroup’s Region 15. ♦