The Program Committee and the staff of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) have done a superb job of creating a Clinical Congress program that Fellows and other members will
find beneficial in their efforts to Do What’s Right for
the Patient—the theme Courtney M. Townsend, Jr.,
MD, FACS, ACS President, selected for the conference.
Clinical Congress 2017, October 22− 26, will feature
several new elements and activities in addition to the
outstanding hands-on and didactic learning opportunities and timely discourse on relevant surgical issues
that you’ve come to expect from the annual meeting.
Perhaps one of the most exciting new developments this
year is that it will be our first time in San Diego, CA.
The Clinical Congress 2017 program covers a range of
critical topics across the scope of surgery. A total of 11
Named Lectures, 118 Panel Sessions on leading-edge
advances in surgical patient care, 19 Meet-the-Expert
Sessions, and 21 Town Hall Meetings were scheduled
for presentation at press time. The Martin Memorial
Lecture delivered by David R. Williams, MD, a physician astronaut, on leadership and teamwork is sure
to be a crowd pleaser. The Martin Memorial Lecture
is sponsored by the American Urological Association
and will take place immediately after the Opening
Ceremony Monday, October 23.
A highlight of this year’s educational program
will be the presentation of three Special Sessions.
On Monday, ACS Past-President L.D. Britt, MD,
MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon),
FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)
(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), and Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD,
FACS, FRCSC, Director, ACS Division of Education,
will provide an overview of the new ACS Academy of
Master Surgeon Educators. On Tuesday, we will recognize the 50th anniversary of publication of the first
edition of Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery. The author
of that landmark text, ACS Past-President Seymour
I. Schwartz, MD, FACS, will moderate, and David C.
Linehan, MD, FACS, a cancer surgeon at the University
of Rochester Medical Center, NY, will co-moderate.
And on Wednesday, we will get an update on the
Comparison of Outcomes of Antibiotic Drugs and
Appendectomy (CODA) Trial from moderator David
R. Flum, MD, MPH, FACS, chief medical officer, U W
Medicine, Seattle, WA, and co-moderator Giana Davidson, MD, MPH, assistant professor, division of general
surgery, and associate member, University of Washington Harborview Injury Prevention and Research
We continue to make the Scientific Forum more
accessible to all attendees. This year, the Scientific
Forum will feature the usual oral presentations of
outstanding scholarly work by surgical investigators.
A new feature of this year’s program, however, is that
all scientific posters will be submitted and available for
viewing electronically on any mobile device or computer throughout the entire Clinical Congress, and
Continuing Medical Education credit will be provided
for e-Poster Rounds.
Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, Chair of the Program Committee, Dr. Sachdeva, and I anticipate
that you will find Clinical Congress invaluable in
your effort to meet the Maintenance of Certification
requirements described in last month’s “Looking
forward” column, as well as various regulatory and
institutional mandates. The ACS designates this live
activity for a maximum of 47. 5 AMA PRA Category 1™
Credits. Self-Assessment Credits will be available for
most Panel Sessions, Postgraduate Courses, and
Video-Based Education Sessions, and certificates will
be issued to attendees who achieve specific levels of
verification through participation in Didactic and
Member engagement activities
The planners of the Clinical Congress have always
sought to engage your mind through educational
programming, but over the last few years, they also
have sought to engage your body and spirit. This year’s
Clinical Congress will feature several wellness events,
including 5K running and walking tours of San Diego,
a spinning class, and yoga sessions. The cost per program is $10.