15 things to know before you go

Before you leave for San Francisco, CA, to attend the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress, make sure you’re prepared by reading our rundown of helpful meeting information. Learn about everything from registration and Convocation to ACS Taste of the City and Surgeons Who Selfie.

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ACS Central

ACS Central is designed especially for ACS members! Update your member profile, order the latest educational products, learn about our programs and services, meet ACS leaders and staff, and purchase ACS-branded items and publications.


Featured areas in ACS Central include:

  • ACS Central Shop
  • Advocacy and Health Policy
  • Education
  • Manage Your Profile
  • Member Engagement
  • My Specialty and Quality Programs
  • MyCME
  • Publications and Online Resources
  • Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR)


Select ACS programs will also have a presence in the main lobby of the Moscone Center and in the ACS Registration area. Make sure to visit the following booths that will be open Sunday through Thursday: ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC, Mobile Connect, and Become a Member/Member Services, where you can join ACS, pay your membership dues, or ask questions about your membership. MyCME and Webcast Sales booths will be located throughout the Moscone Center and will be open the same hours as registration.

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ACS Membership

If you are not already a member of the ACS or know an interested nonmember colleague attending the Clinical Congress, visit the Become a Member booth at the meeting to apply for ACS membership. The membership application fee will be waived for individuals applying at the meeting.

If you are planning to apply for membership at the meeting, please plan ahead and have an electronic method or a flash drive to upload these documents to support and speed your application.

  • Fellows (U.S. and Canada): Copy of board certification document, current curriculum vitae (CV), and names of five ACS Fellows to serve as references
  • International Fellows: Copy of medical license, board/country certification document, current CV, and names of three ACS Fellows to serve as references
  • Associate Fellows: Copy of residency completion document or an official board/country certification document
  • Residents: Letter verifying training status
  • Medical Students: Letter verifying educational status
  • Affiliate Members: The name of a Fellow as a reference


Please familiarize yourself with the ACS Member Benefits and make time to apply for membership while at the meeting. We look forward to assisting you there. For additional information, please contact Member Services at [email protected] or 800-621-4111. The Become a Member booth will be located in the Registration Area and will be open the same hours as registration.

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ACS Taste of the City

Wednesday, October 30 | 5:30–7:30 pm

Plan to stay through Wednesday night and join us for ACS Taste of the City and experience San Francisco’s unique and diverse dining and cultural scene. Bring your appetite and plan to enjoy music, activities, and camaraderie with ACS leaders, staff, colleagues, and family members.

ACS Taste of the City is complimentary to all Clinical Congress attendees and their family members, and extended shuttle bus service will be provided. Please indicate while registering if you plan to attend. Casual dress is encouraged. We hope to see you there!

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Annual Business Meeting of Members

Wednesday, October 30 | 4:15−5:15 pm

During the Annual Business Meeting of Members of the ACS, annual status reports will be presented by the Chair of the Board of Regents, Chair of the Board of Governors, the Executive Director, the Chair of the ACS Foundation Board of Directors, and the Chair of the Board of the ACS Professional Association Political Action Committee. The Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching, the Jameson L. Chassin Award for Professionalism in General Surgery, and the Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award will be presented. Reports from the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors and the Nominating Committee of the Fellows also will be presented, and the President-Elect and Vice-Presidents-Elect will be introduced.

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Sunday, October 27 | 6:00–8:00 pm
Procession begins at 5:30 pm

The Convocation confers Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (FACS) upon those surgeons who have successfully met ACS requirements to provide optimal care to the surgical patient. The ceremony also includes recognition of the Honorary Fellows, presentation of the Distinguished Service Award, installation of the ACS Officers, and the Presidential Address.

The first Convocation was held on November 13, 1913, at the Congress Hotel in Chicago, IL. The inaugural class of 1,059 surgeons hailed from the U.S. and Canada and included six female surgeons.

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Engagement & Wellness Events

Engage your body and spirit at the Clinical Congress. Although racing from session to session will help you burn calories, a variety of engagement and wellness activities will be offered during the week to help you build energy and gain clarity for the meeting. Plan to attend these events and remember to bring your exercise gear.

Learn more

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Exhibit Hall

Monday–Wednesday, October 28–30 | 9:00 am–4:30 pm

The Clinical Congress Technical Exhibition comprises nearly 200 companies displaying their products and services. The exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to explore the surgical marketplace by comparing products firsthand and planning purchases.

Learn more about the various destinations in the Exhibit Hall

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Guest Program and Childcare

Guests may register for the Clinical Congress by paying the applicable registration fee. All Guest Registrants must be accompanied by a Scientific Program Registrant of another category. Guest registration is meant for nonmedical attendees only. Guests are not eligible for CME Credits or Certificate of Attendance, nor can they attend Postgraduate Courses or Meet-the-Expert Sessions. Guests registering for Clinical Congress must be accompanied by a Scientific Program Registrant of another category. Please be sure to register your guest while registering as a Scientific Program Registrant. The registration fee entitles the guest to attend scientific sessions, view the technical and scientific exhibits, purchase tour tickets, and use the shuttle bus service. If the guest will not be attending any sessions or tours, they do not need to register for the Clinical Congress.

View the Guest Program and childcare options

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Named Lectures

Clinical Congress 2019 will feature 11 Named Lectures, beginning with the Martin Memorial Lecture by veteran journalist Nina Totenberg immediately following the Opening Ceremony on Monday morning, October 28.

View descriptions of the Named Lectures

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Opening Ceremony

Monday, October 28 | 8:00–9:00 am

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 presides and introduces the Honorary Fellows, the recipient of the Distinguished Philanthropist Award, Past-Presidents, College Officers and Regents, Special Invited Guests from national and international health care organizations, the Resident Research Scholars, and the International Guest Scholars. An annual overview of the College will be reported by the Executive Director. The Martin Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the American Urological Association, follows immediately.

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Operation Sock Drop

Help the homeless | Maintain dignity | Provide warmth

All Clinical Congress attendees are encouraged to participate in Operation Sock Drop to benefit San Francisco’s homeless. For those experiencing homelessness, clean, warm socks are a luxury. This year, the ACS is asking you to help us support St. Anthony’s by bringing one pair of cotton or wool socks to donate during the meeting. Donation bins will be located in the Moscone Center. The ACS Central Shop located in the Exhibit Hall will be selling ACS logo socks, and for every pair purchased you will receive a pair cotton socks to donate.

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Registration to the ACS Clinical Congress is open to all physicians and individuals in the health care field and includes a name badge, program book, and entrance to the exhibits and all sessions, excluding Postgraduate Courses and Meet-the-Expert Sessions. Online registration continues through 11:59 pm (CST) Saturday, October 26. On-site registration is available beginning Sunday, October 27, at the Moscone Center.


On-site Registration Hours

Sunday October 27: 7:00 am–6:00 pm
Monday, October 28: 6:30 am–5:00 pm
Tuesday, October 29: 7:00 am–4:00 pm
Wednesday, October 30: 7:00 am–4:00 pm
Thursday, October 31: 7:00–10:00 am



Should you have any questions regarding Clinical Congress registration, please contact Registration Services. Phone registrations are not accepted.

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 312-202-5244
Fax: 312-202-5003

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Stop the Bleed: Bleeding Control Basic and Instructor Course

The Stop the Bleed®: Bleeding Control Basic and Instructor Course at Clinical Congress is designed to train individuals on what to do as an immediate responder in a bleeding emergency and covers the ABCs of bleeding as a method to stop an active bleed. The course includes a class presentation and hands-on skills demonstration on tourniquet application, wound packing, and pressure application. At the conclusion of the course, participants will receive tips on how to present the materials, and ways to provide a positive learning experience when teaching a Bleeding Control Basic course will be discussed.


Course Times

Monday, October 28: 2:30–4:00 pm and 4:15–5:45 pm
Tuesday, October 29: 8:00–9:30 am, 9:45–11:15 am, 2:30–4:00 pm, and 4:15–5:45 pm
Wednesday, October 30: 8:00–9:30 am and 9:45–11:15 am

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Surgeons Who Selfie


The ACS is in the business of connecting—young surgeons with leaders, local surgeons with international peers, and mentors with mentees. Together we collaborate, innovate, and inspire. And we also have fun! Join Surgeons Who Selfie and show the surgical community all that the Clinical Congress has to offer. Use #cc19selfie when tweeting about Clinical Congress and sharing your photos.

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Webcasts and Audio Packages

Don’t miss out on the sessions you want to attend—even if they’re scheduled at the same time. Webcasts are a convenient way to individualize your education. Webcast sessions are available on any device anytime, anywhere. Maximize your learning opportunities and earn Continuing Medical Education Credit and Self-Assessment Credit when it’s convenient for you.

View a list of available sessions