We are now only a month away from the Amer- ican College of Surgeons’ (ACS) biggest event of the year—the annual Clinical Congress.
The 2016 meeting will focus on the theme chosen
by ACS President J. David Richardson, MD, FACS—
Challenges for the Second Century.
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
A highlight of each Clinical Congress is the Convocation Ceremony, at which we welcome new ACS
Fellows. This year’s class of more than 1,820 Initiates is expected to be the largest ever. Moreover, the
expected number of Initiates and guests attending this
year’s Convocation Ceremony is expected to exceed
the capacity of the originally planned space, so we are
making arrangements to build out the site.
During the Convocation, we also recognize Honorary Fellows, present the Distinguished Service Award,
and install ACS Officers, including the new President,
who will address the Initiates. In addition, the inaugural Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award will be presented at this year’s Convocation. This award was conceived by the ACS Women in
Surgery Committee and will be presented annually to
an individual who has made significant contributions
to the advancement of women in the field of surgery.
Mary Edwards Walker, MD, graduated with honors
from Syracuse Medical School in 1855 and went on to
serve with the Union Army in the U.S. Civil War. To
this day, she is the only woman to have ever received
the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery.
Convocation will take place at 6:00 pm Sunday,
October 16, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. After the ceremony, Initiates and their
guests are invited to attend the President’s Reception
for New Fellows in the Grand Lobby of the Convention Center.
The Opening Ceremony, 8:00–9:00 am Monday, October 17, will signal the official start of the
Clinical Congress. The Colors and Canadian and
American national anthems will be presented, along
with a short video highlighting the new President’s
theme for the year. The President will lead the ceremony, introducing the Honorary Fellows, the recipient of the Distinguished Philanthropist Award,
Past-Presidents, ACS Officers and Regents, invited
guests, Resident Research Scholars, and International
The Scientific Program kicks off immediately after
the Opening Ceremony with the presentation of the
Martin Memorial Lecture sponsored by the American Urological Association. This year’s Martin
Memorial Lecturer will be Delos M. Cosgrove III,
MD, FACS, chief executive officer and president,
Cleveland Clinic, OH, who will speak on Transforming Health Care. A total of 10 other Named Lectures
will be presented throughout the course of the meeting, featuring a range of highly regarded experts on a
variety of topics, including trauma, surgical history,
ethics, the basic and surgical sciences, global health
care, cancer, and other issues of relevance to surgeons today.
Other Sessions of Special Interest will include programs targeted to residents, medical students, young
Fellows, and attendees who want to learn more about
surgical history, Operation Giving Back, and financial
issues. In addition, this year’s program will include
the following three new Special Sessions on timely
and important topics:
•Firearm Injury Prevention, 1:00–2: 30 pm, Monday, October 17
•ACS Strong for Surgery, 11: 15 am–12: 45 pm, Tuesday,
•Global Engagement, 11: 15 am–12: 45 pm, Wednesday,
by David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS