ACS President: Register and join us today at Clinical Congress 2020


Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS
Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS

On behalf of the Board of Regents and Officers of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), I invite you to the virtual ACS Clinical Congress 2020 and remind you to register today. This year, the Clinical Congress is being offered free of charge and completely online as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Following are only a few highlights of the impressive five-day program. Be sure to view the Program-At-A-Glance to plan out your sessions of interest.

Named Lectures:

  • Martin Memorial Lecture: Assuring Progress in Cancer Research during Challenging Times, by Norman E. Sharpless, MD, Director, National Cancer Institute
  • John H. Gibbon. Jr., Lecture: Lung Cancer Screening: Saving Lives with Science and Policy, by Douglas E. Wood, MD, FACS
  • Charles G. Drake History of Surgery Lecture: Transplantation Surgery in the 21st Century, by Nancy L. Ascher, MD, PhD, FACS
  • S. Ravdin Lecture in the Basic and Surgical Sciences: Using Yesterday’s Data Today to Improve Care and Outcomes Tomorrow, by Nancy N. Baxter, MD, FACS, FRCSC
  • Herand Abcarian Lecture: Quality, Leadership, and Zero Harm, by James W. Fleshman, Jr., MD, FACS, FASCRS
  • Excelsior Surgical Society/Edward D. Churchill Lecture: American Surgery: The Imperative to Lead and Evolve at the Speed of Relevance, by Jonathan Woodson, MD, FACS, USAR
  • Scudder Oration on Trauma: I’m Not Comfortable with This, by Gregory J. Jurkovich, MD, FACS
  • Olga M. Jonasson Lecture: Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste: Continuing Professional Development in COVID-19, by Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACS
  • John J. Conley Ethics and Philosophy Lecture: Microethics: The Ethics of Everyday Practice, by Robert D. Truog, MD
  • Commission on Cancer Oncology Lecture: Cancer Care: Medicine Meet Math: Murray F. Brennan, GNZM, MD, FACS

Panel Sessions, the Symposium of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, Special Sessions, Scientific Forum Sessions, Video-Based Education Sessions, and Meet-the-Expert Sessions. Saturday and Sunday sessions address the needs of surgical residents and medical students.

At Convocation on Sunday evening, October 4:

  • We will welcome more than 2,200 Initiates into ACS Fellowship, install new Officers of the College, recognize Fellows celebrating their 25th and 50th anniversaries of ACS Fellowship, and salute Fellows who passed away this year.
  • We will recognize nine Honorary Fellows and present the Distinguished Service Award—the College’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award, the Distinguished Military Lifetime Achievement Award, and the second Resident and Associate Society Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award.
  • I will pass the Presidential Medallion and Gavel to J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, and the incoming First and Second Vice-Presidents, H. Randolph Bailey, MD, FACS, FASCRS, and Lisa A. Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO, will assume their new roles.

Virtual ACS Central will provide opportunities to meet with staff and learn about the latest ACS products and programs.

Visit the Technical Exhibits, where you can see the latest products and services available to you, your institutions, and your practices.

I hope you will take advantage of the more than 200 free AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available for claiming after the conference and that will remain available through the end of January 2021.

Recordings of the entire program of Clinical Congress 2020 will be available for a period of time after the Congress.

The Clinical Congress continues to represent the gold standard in surgical education. I extend to each attendee my best wishes for a memorable Clinical Congress experience. Register today, and “see you” there!

Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS
2019−2020 ACS President