Clinical Congress 2017 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.
ACS Taste of the City is back this year. Participants
in this event, which takes place Wednesday night,
will experience San Diego’s beautiful waterfront and
sunset while networking with colleagues and sampling
local cuisine. Bring your family for an evening of live
mariachi music, tacos and beverages, fun activities,
and camaraderie. The ACS presents this event free of
charge to you and your guests, but we ask that you
indicate on your registration form whether you plan
to attend and how many guests you plan to bring, so
we can accommodate everyone.
In addition, Clinical Congress attendees and guests
will have an opportunity to engage their sense of altruism through participation in the Feeding San Diego
Back Pack program. ACS volunteers will decorate 2,500
backpacks and fill them with essential food items for
families and children in need. The $25 registration
fee for this program will be used to offset the costs of
supplies, transportation/distribution, and other overhead costs.
More than a fresh coat of paint
For several decades, the Clinical Congress has featured a Resource Center, where attendees could talk
with staff about the products and services that the ACS
offers its members. This year, we have re-envisioned
and redesigned this area as ACS Central. It still will
be where you can meet staff, learn about ACS programs, and purchase ACS products, but it also will be
where you will want to go to meet with friends and
colleagues, charge your mobile devices, update your
Member Profile, and receive a flash drive with your
own professional photo.
ACS Central will house the ACS Theatre, where
Monday through Wednesday short sessions describing
new College programs and products will be presented.
ACS leaders also will be on hand in the theater to
engage in informal “meet and greet” discussions with
Sunny San Diego
While in San Diego, I encourage you to learn about the
storied history of the “Gibraltar of the Pacific” and its
ties to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. With its temperate climate, you and your family will want to get
out and explore the cageless San Diego Zoo, Balboa
Park, and Orange County’s Knott’s Berry Farm and
Disneyland. You might also consider taking a ferry to
Coronado Island and visit the Hotel Del Coronado—
the second-largest wooden structure in the U.S.—or
head south of the border to Tijuana, Mexico.
Of course, San Diego County and the surrounding
area are home to some of the finest beaches for surfing, sunbathing, and watching the sunset. And San
Diego offers countless casual and fine dining options.
See you next month for Clinical Congress 2017,
where you will have many opportunities to learn about
advances in surgical care and the issues that affect your
practice, as well as connect with friends, and take in
the Southern California vibe. I am really excited to see
all of you in the part of the world I have called home
for nearly four decades. ♦
If you have comments or suggestions about this or other issues, please
send them to Dr. Hoyt at email@example.com.