Special Interest Sessions
Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Future: Technology
Overview for Residents and Medical Students
Fee: $25 (includes dinner)
James I. Fann, MD, FACS, Stanford, CA
Thomas E. MacGillivray, MD, FACS, Boston, MA
Daniel L. Miller, MD, FACS, Atlanta, GA
This course will introduce surgery residents and medical students
to conventional and complex procedures performed by
cardiothoracic surgeons. New technologies and cardiothoracic
surgery training paradigms, such as the integrated six-year
residency, will be discussed.
The primary focus of the session will be hands-on experience
with specific cardiothoracic surgical procedures. Participants will
experience and have the opportunity to perform these surgical
procedures using synthetic and tissue-based simulation models.
The program will be taught by cardiothoracic surgeons who are
leaders in their respective fields of cardiac and general thoracic
surgery. A buffet dinner will be available at 5: 30 pm.
For additional information, please contact Nicole Schroeder,
STS Education Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please refer to the registration section of the ACS website
Sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and The Society
of Thoracic Surgeons
2015 Scientific Forum Dedication/Excellence
in Research Awards
The Scientific Forum Committee will dedicate the Scientific Forum
abstract supplement to Michael T. Longaker, MD, MBA, FACS,
Stanford, CA. Introduction will be made by Geoffrey C. Gurtner,
MD, FACS, with remarks by Dr. Longaker immediately following.
After the dedication, Mary T. Hawn, MD, FACS, Scientific Forum
Committee Chair, will distribute approximately 16 awards for
excellence in research. Surgery residents and their mentors are
invited to attend the dedication and awards distribution.
Posters of Exceptional Merit*
11: 30 am–12: 30 pm *CME is available for this session
More than 300 posters will be on display at the Clinical Congress
but only a select few will be designated Posters of Exceptional
Merit. Scientific Forum Committee Chair Mary T. Hawn, MD, FACS,
and Vice-Chair Dennis P. Orgill, MD, FACS, will facilitate a lunchtime
tour and discussion of the Posters of Exceptional Merit. Authors will
present their distinguished work and answer questions prior to the
award presentation for the Best Scientific Poster.
Sponsored by Scientific Forum Committee
Operation Giving Back
Open Mic: Advocating for Surgery Around the World
11: 30 am–12: 30 pm
This open mic session is designed to educate attendees about the
efforts in global surgery with a special focus on education, service,
and research. We will discuss the current framework of surgical
resident education in global health, service provided by ACS
Fellows around the globe, and research to better understand the
global burden of surgical disease. A three to five minute reporting
format will be employed to discuss existing efforts.
Sponsored by Operation Giving Back
Medical Student Program
Day III: 1:00–6:00 pm
For a full description of this program, refer to the Sunday schedule.
Note that programming varies from day to day, and students
are welcome to attend all or selected portions of this three-day
For regularly updated information about the Medical Student
Program, visit www.facs.org/clincon2015/special/medical-student.
For additional information, please contact Nicole Laroco at
email@example.com or 312-202-5404.
Sponsored by Committee on Medical Student Education
Chapter Speed Networking
Join the Governors of the Chapter Activities Domestic and
International Workgroups for a new, fun, chapter-related
social event where you will have the opportunity to share your
background and learn about the work of other ACS chapters in
a relaxed and open setting. Chapter Speed Networking is an
opportunity to accelerate your Clinical Congress networking
experience through short, concise meetings and is a great way to
build lasting connections with colleagues, members, and staff of
other ACS chapters from across the globe. A short introductory
session, with how-to tips to make the most of your networking
experience, will start the event.
Beverages and appetizers will be available during Chapter Speed
Networking. This event is being hosted by the Governors’ Chapter
Activities Domestic and International Workgroups. For more
information, contact Donna Tieberg, Chapter Services Manager, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-202-5361.
Rural Surgeons Open Forum and
Oweida Scholarship Presentation
4:15–5: 45 pm
The session opens with the introduction of the 2015 Nizar N.
Oweida Scholarship recipient, Alexander J. Poole, MD, FACS,
FRCSC, a general surgeon practicing in Whitehorse, YT.
The Advisory Council for Rural Surgery (ACRS) sponsors this open
forum to facilitate direct communication with rural surgeons and
the ACRS. Following a brief description of the current projects of
the ACRS, we will hold an open forum with all in attendance. This
forum will focus on the delivery of 24/7 rural surgery care. What are
the essential tools? What are the essential staffing needs? What
has worked for you? What are the barriers to 24/7 quality surgical
care? The ACRS encourages you to bring your concerns, thoughts
on education needs, coverage, call, triumphs, and so on. The ACRS
is committed to being your vehicle to make change, to be your
voice to ACS leadership, and to make the ACS even more relevant
to your practice. We are committed to helping you provide optimal
surgical care to your patients in your community.
For additional information, contact Tyler Hughes, MD, FACS,
ACRS Chair, at email@example.com or David Borgstrom,
MD, FACS, ACRS Committee on Education, at david.borgstrom@