Clinical Congress 2016, October 16–20 at the Walter E.
Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, will
feature several new elements and activities along with the
array of educational programs that you’ve come to expect
from the premier surgical meeting in the world.
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program also will comprise 45 Meet-the-Expert Luncheons and 18 Town Hall Meetings.
During the Clinical Congress, we also will be rolling
out a course on bleeding control that is aligned with the
Hartford Consensus™ recommendation that members
of the public be trained to serve as immediate responders in mass casualty incidents. Through this inaugural
effort, we will be presenting the Bleeding Control–Basic
course to members of the Board of Regents, Board of
Governors, Resident and Associate Society, Young Fellows Association, and Committee on Trauma. Specifically, we will be training these surgeons to train
members of the public in essential bleeding control
techniques. Some of these participants will then test
their ability to pass on these skills to laypeople by having them train a group of high school students. We will
use our findings to modify the course as necessary.
Have some fun
Last year the Clinical Congress also included a networking event—ACS Taste of the City, which was
well received, with approximately 1,000 participants.
This year’s event will focus on the diverse dining and
cultural scene in our host city of Washington, DC.
Bring your appetite and enjoy live music, activities,
and camaraderie with ACS leaders, staff, friends, colleagues, and family members. ACS Taste of the City is
open to all attendees at no charge and will take place
5:00–7:00 pm, Wednesday, October 19, at the convention center.
This year’s Congress also will feature a variety of
wellness activities, including a Fun Run around the
city, early morning yoga, Zumba, and Pilates.
Lastly, I encourage you to bring your family and
take the opportunity to explore our nation’s capital
(see Figure 1, page 9). Many key attractions are within
walking distance of the convention center and hotels,
including the Smithsonian Museums; the U.S. Capitol
building; the Supreme Court Building; the Holocaust
Memorial Museum; the White House; the Washington,
Jefferson, and Lincoln monuments; and the Vietnam
War, World War II, and Korean War memorials. All
Americans should experience these national treasures.
Be sure to visit the College’s Washington, DC,
office, the headquarters of our Division of Advocacy
and Health Policy, at 20 F Street, NW. And, if you’re
looking to immerse yourself in some further scholarly
pursuits, head up to nearby Bethesda, MD, to check out
the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the
National Institutes of Health.
I want to congratulate the members of the Clinical
Congress Program Committee, the Advisory Councils,
Standing Committees, and Task Forces for developing
an outstanding program and to commend the staff for
all of their hard work to make this event run smoothly
and to meet the needs of our Fellows. We look forward
to seeing you in Washington, DC. ♦