Get Ready for Education and Networking at Clinical Congress 2022

If you haven’t already registered for Clinical Congress, now’s your chance to secure your spot in the much-anticipated event in San Diego, CA.


“The multidimensional program of this Clinical Congress is very strong and is founded on contemporary educational constructs,” said ACS Division of Education Director Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE. “The sessions offer unique opportunities to acquire new knowledge and skills that may be applied to surgical practice.”

Rich Content and Networking Opportunities

The Program Committee, under the leadership of ACS Regent Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, MAMSE, has developed a cutting-edge scientific program to address critical education and training needs and equip surgeons with the skills they need to achieve the best outcomes in the ever-changing healthcare environment.

“The program this year is very rich, and there will be sessions of interest for everybody, whether they are Panel Sessions, Named Lectures, Meet-the-Expert sessions, or Town Halls,” said Dr. Michelassi.

The theme of Clinical Congress 2022 is Surgeons Sowing Hope, selected by ACS President Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, DFSVS, MAMSE, who has asked all members of the surgical community to enhance recovery, elevate healing, and spread hope for patients, communities, teams, and themselves.

Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, MAMSE

In addition to the educational content, Clinical Congress will offer wellness activities and social events such as the popular Taste of the City.

New Fellows

A highlight of the annual Clinical Congress is the Sunday Convocation ceremony, which confers Fellowship upon surgeons who have successfully met the College’s requirements and standards. Convocation also will include recognition of Honorary Fellows, presentation of the Distinguished Service Award, installation of ACS Officers and Officers-Elect, and the Presidential Address.

Esteemed Named Lecturers

One of the most popular features of Clinical Congress is the series of Named Lectures. This year, 12 lectures will be offered, including the new Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Lecture and the notable Martin Memorial Lecture after the Opening Ceremony, delivered by David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, MAMSE, Immediate Past ACS Executive Director. Dr. Hoyt will reflect on the challenges and successes of his 12 years as a leader of the College.

Read more about this year’s Named Lectures.

Special Sessions

Recent Clinical Congresses have included Special Sessions on timely topics of interest to ACS members, and this year the College will offer three sessions on how educational accomplishments related to promotion of surgery faculty, surgical lessons learned from the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis, and how the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the ACS can partner to address challenges such as Medicare and other reimbursement.

Multipart Postgraduate Courses

This year’s conference will use a longitudinal approach to education and offer dozens of multipart Postgraduate Courses—16 Didactic Courses and 16 Skills Courses—that will include preconference work, live and in-person courses at Congress, and a live Zoom panel discussion a few weeks after Clinical Congress. A separate registration fee is allotted for each course.

Learn more about the Postgraduate Courses and see full course listings.

Scientific Forum, Panel Sessions, and More

The expansive Scientific Forum at Clinical Congress offers the opportunity to learn about the latest high-quality, in-progress scientific and academic surgery reports, including updates on late-breaking clinical trials, while more than 120 Panel Sessions will feature groups of experts delivering information and updates on a range of topics, including the return of the Ten Hot Topics in Surgery session.

Exhibit Hall

Monday through Wednesday, you will be able to visit ACS Central and the Technical Exhibition, where more than 100 companies will display their products, innovations, and services, in addition to new and returning ACS features such as the Surgical Ergonomics Clinic and the Surgical Metrics Project, respectively.

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego next month!

Watch Clinical Congress Sessions On Demand

Virtual registration is still an option for Clinical Congress 2022. An on-demand library of recorded sessions from San Diego is available until May 1, 2023.