The Clinical Congress is a scientific and
educational meeting that shall be held at the
time and place of the Annual Business Meeting
of Members, and shall include the Convocation
(Bylaws, American College of Surgeons [ACS],
Article VIII, Section 3).
The purpose of the Clinical Congress is to
keep ACS Members and interested non-Fellow
physicians abreast of the current status of the
art and science of surgery. To accomplish its
purpose, the Clinical Congress offers a highly
diversified program of continuing education in all
specialties of surgery and in important fields of
science, socioeconomics, and medical education.
It holds the preeminent place among all College
activities designed to raise the standards of
surgical practice and improve the care of the
The entire program presented at this meeting
includes physicians drawn from various
specialties. The sessions are designed to
present a variety of viewpoints on matters of
particular interest to those for whom the session
is primarily intended and to stress the need
for understanding and cooperation among the
The Clinical Congress is designed to provide
individuals with a wide range of learning
opportunities, activities, and experiences that
will match their educational and professional
By the conclusion of Clinical Congress,
participants should be able to:
• Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve
their surgical practice;
• Adapt concepts and quality measures in
support of research advancements; and
• Enhance the quality of patient care.
The American College of Surgeons is accredited
by the Accreditation Council for Continuing
Medical Education (ACCME) to provide
continuing medical education for physicians.
Continuing Medical Education
The American College of Surgeons designates
this live activity for a maximum of 47. 5* AMA
PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should
claim only the credit commensurate with the
extent of their participation in the activity.
*A maximum of 28. 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
is available for sessions Monday through Thursday,
including evening Video-Based Education sessions.
A maximum of 19 credits is available for Postgraduate
Courses held on Saturday and Sunday, as well as
Meet-the-Expert Luncheons held throughout the week.
Self-Assessment Credit will be available for
most Panel Sessions, Didactic/Experiential
Courses, Surgical Skills Courses, and Video-Based Education sessions. The process of
earning Self-Assessment Credit is voluntary and
is not a prerequisite to claiming CME credit.
Self-Assessment Credit counts toward American
Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification
(MOC) Part 2. Participants are strongly
encouraged to complete their self-assessment
posttest as soon after attendance as possible
with a final deadline of December 1, 2015.
Claiming CME Credit
On-site claiming of credit for nonticketed
sessions (NL, PS, SF, and VE) will be available
at the My CME booth and kiosks located at
McCormick Place, October 5–8, 2015. Physicians
are responsible for claiming CME credit for
Clinical Congress. Claims for CME credit for this
event will be accepted until December 1, 2015.
Credit to Address Regulatory
Some state licensing boards and other regulatory
organizations have established specific content
requirements for CME credit. Examples include:
Ethics (E), Patient Safety (PtS), Pain Management
(PM), and Palliative Care (PA). Trauma-Critical
Care (T) credit is also required of surgeons
working in the trauma field. The CME Certificate
now includes specific content credit designations
where applicable, indicated after each session
title using the abbreviations listed above.
Please check with your state or local medical
board, hospital, or organization to verify that
this content meets the criteria for your specific
Scientific Poster Presentations and
The Scientific Poster Presentations is a forum
of more than 300 posters showcasing timely,
innovative information and findings on original
scientific research, surgical procedures, practices,
The Scientific Poster Presentations will be located
at McCormick Place, Hall F2. Hours are 9:00 am
to 4: 30 pm, Monday through Wednesday.
The Technical Exhibits comprise more than 200
companies displaying their products and services.
The exhibition provides an excellent opportunity
to explore the surgical marketplace by comparing
products firsthand and planning purchases.
The Technical Exhibits hours are 9:00 am to
4: 30 pm, Monday through Wednesday. The
exhibits are located in McCormick Place West,
Friends of Bill W.
Friends of Bill W. will meet 7:00 to 8: 30 pm,
Monday, October 5, through Wednesday,
October 7, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.
Clinical Congress News
The official newspaper of the annual meeting, the
Clinical Congress News, will be distributed at the
Hilton Chicago Hotel and McCormick Place each
morning during Clinical Congress.
Clinical Congress e-News
Daily electronic updates will be available
Sunday, October 4, 6:00–8:00 pm
McCormick Place West
The Convocation Ceremony confers Fellowship
upon those surgeons who have successfully met
ACS requirements to provide optimal care to
the surgical patient. The ceremony also includes
recognition of the Honorary Fellows, presentation
of the Distinguished Service Award, installation of
the ACS Officers, and the Presidential Address.
All Initiates must register for Clinical Congress
if planning to participate in the Convocation.
All Initiates will be granted Fellowship in the
College during the ceremony regardless of their
attendance at the event and may begin using
the FACS designation upon the conclusion of
Family members of Initiates are not required to
register for the Clinical Congress program to
attend the Convocation Ceremony.
Information about Convocation can be found at
Monday, October 5, 8:00–9:00 am
McCormick Place West
The Canadian and American national anthems are
presented, along with a short video highlighting
the new President’s theme for the year. The
President presides and introduces the Honorary
Fellows, the recipient of the Distinguished
Philanthropist Award, Past-Presidents, College
Officers and Regents, special invited guests
from national and international health care
organizations, the Resident Research Scholars,
and the International Guest Scholars. An annual
overview of the College will be reported by
the Executive Director. The Martin Memorial
Lecture, sponsored by the American Urological
Association, immediately follows.
Annual Business Meeting of Members
Wednesday, October 7, 4:15–5: 15 pm
McCormick Place West
• Reports from the Chair of the Board of
Regents, the Chair of the Board of Governors,
the Executive Director, and the American
College of Surgeons Professional Association-
SurgeonsPAC Board Chair
• Presentation of the Resident Award for
Exemplary Teaching and the Joan L. and Julius
H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award
• Reports of the Nominating Committee of
the Board of Governors and the Nominating
Committee of the Fellows, and introduction of
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS
DIVISION OF EDUCATION
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CLINICAL CONGRESS 2015