What’s happening in the Exhibit Hall?

Be sure to stop by the various destinations in the Exhibit Hall during Clinical Congress 2019. The exhibit hall is open 9:00 am–4:30 pm, Monday through Wednesday, October 28–30.

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ACS Central

ACS Central is designed especially for American College of Surgeons (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)


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ACS Theatre

Visit the ACS Theatre in ACS Central for sessions on special topics and ACS programs. Make sure to set aside time in your schedule for these informative sessions:

Lunch Sessions

Monday, October 28
1:15 pm
Financial Pressures Facing Surgeons: ACS Response
Every day, surgeons deal with a multitude of financial and practice pressures that complicate the clinical and business practice of surgery, including prior authorization, insurance contracts and network restrictions, declining Medicare and Medicaid payments, administrative burdens from federal and state government regulations, and more. The ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy team advocates for surgeons at the federal and state level to address these significant issues and will discuss efforts to ease these pressures. Kristin McDonald, Manager, Legislative and Political Affairs, will discuss the College’s federal legislative advocacy. Jon Sutton, MBA, Manager, State Affairs, will discuss the College’s state legislative advocacy. Vinita Ollapally, JD, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, will discuss the College’s administrative and regulatory advocacy.

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Tuesday, October 29
11:45 am
SESAP 17: Author Q&A
The Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP®) is a premier educational resource for practicing surgeons. The newest edition, SESAP 17, is being unveiled at Clinical Congress and provides the highest-quality, peer-reviewed content for which SESAP is revered. Whether you are a returning SESAP subscriber or interested in subscribing for the first time, come hear how SESAP 17 can meet your educational needs and discuss the new edition with three surgeons who helped create the program content. John Weigelt, MD, DVM, FACS, SESAP 17 Program Director, will present a brief overview of the program and highlight innovative changes with this edition. Linda W. Martin, MD, MPH, FACS, will discuss her experience as a new author participating in the rigorous writing and peer-review process. David C. Borgstrom, MD, MBA, FACS—a returning author—will share insights on the value of SESAP to rural surgeons and for life-long learning. Audience members are invited to ask questions and engage in an open dialogue with speakers.

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Wednesday, October 30
11:45 am
Global Health Initiatives through Operation Giving Back
The mission of Operation Giving Back (OGB) is to leverage the passion, skills, and humanitarian ethos of the surgical community to effectively meet the needs of the medically underserved. We would like to engage members in an effort to address critical public health issues related to access to basic surgical care both domestically and abroad. By identifying existing needs and persistent barriers to engagement, OGB creates a forum to work toward needed social change. By providing resources and recognition to the large numbers of surgeons already engaged in such outreach, OGB contributes to the nourishment of this vibrant community of surgical volunteers, offers inspiration and resources to potential volunteers, and strengthens a culture of humanitarianism that is at the root of the healing professions. This session will be led by Girma Tefera, MD, FACS, Medical Director of the OGB program. Stop by to learn about the current OGB efforts, get an update on the Hawassa project, and learn how you can help support our humanitarian efforts.

Non-Lunch Sessions

Monday, October 28


9:30–10:30 am
New Wound Care Assessment Platform to Evaluate Wound Healing
Lisa Gould, MD, PhD, FACS


10:30–11:00 am
New Trends in Negative Pressure Wound Therapy What’s Best for My Patient?
John Daly, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon), FRCSG (Hon)


11:30 am–12:00 noon
Opioid-Sparing Program: The New Education Program and Functional Assessment
Terry Sarantou, MD, FACS

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Tuesday, October 29


10:00–11:00 am
Overview of CPD Accreditation Program—Highlighting Opportunities through the Joint Providership Program
Alisa Nagler, JD, MA, EdD


1:00–2:00 pm
ACS Foundation Estate Planning Seminar
Mark Aeder, MD, FACS


2:00–3:00 pm
Best Practices for Publication in Scientific Journals and Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Timothy Eberlein, MD, FACS, JACS Editor-in-Chief


3:00–3:30 pm
Central Line Management Training: The Next Caregiver to Prevent Infections and Occlusion
Leigh Neumayer, MD, FACS


4:00–4:30 pm
Feeding Tubes: Simple Procedure but Not for the Caregiver—Better Training Equals Best Outcomes
Leigh Neumayer, MD, FACS

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Wednesday, October 30


9:00–9:30 am
Quit Smoking Before Surgery: Cigs, Vapes, and Reefs? Counseling and Reimbursement Helps All
Jonah Stulberg, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS


10:00–11:00 am
ACS Benefits for International Members


1:00–2:00 pm
The Surgeon for a New Colombia Scholarship 2018–2019 Experience
Carlos Pellegrini, MD, FACS, and William Sanchez, MD, FACS


2:00–2:30 pm
Stoma Management in a Box: Successful and Easy Ways to Teach Self-Care Following Discharge
Kathleen Heneghan, PhD, RN


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ACS Career Fair

The ACS Career Fair is a unique recruiting event that brings together hospitals, private practices, and health care organizations from around the country looking to meet top-level candidates from a variety of surgical specialties. In addition to premier medical employers, professionals will be on site to provide curriculum vitae review services and help you brush up on your interview skills. The ACS Surgery Career Connection staff will show you how to maximize your online job search and take full advantage of the site’s capabilities. We encourage all levels of interested ACS members, from residents through late-career surgeons, to visit the Career Fair.

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The Surgical Metrics Project

New at Clinical Congress 2019 is The Surgical Metrics Project, which will allow participants to explore the use of wearable technologies to measure surgical decision making and technique. Resident, active practice, and retired surgeons are all encouraged to participate.

At this event, which is being held Monday through Wednesday in the Exhibit Hall, wearable technologies will be used to build a database of surgical decision making and technical approaches during repair of a small bowel enterotomy. A total of 10 procedure stations are available, and the exercise will take less than 30 minutes.

Each participant will be equipped with magnetic motion-tracking technology synchronized with headgear that will capture video and audio data. Working in sync, these instruments will provide a moment-to-moment account of each step and decision that a surgeon makes while operating and measure time and flow efficiency to provide an accurate assessment of the surgical process.

All participants will get a short report on their performance. After Clinical Congress, the data will be analyzed to answer the following questions:

  • What decisions do surgeons make when faced with a surgical task?
  • How do their decisions and technical approaches affect outcomes/bowel repair quality?
  • Can this database serve as a benchmarking resource for trainees?
  • Is there an expert strategy or evidenced-based approach that can be discovered in the data and shared with participants?
  • Can this database serve as a platform to discuss the possibility of longitudinal, personal assessment where participants track their own performance throughout their career?

The program is sponsored by the ACS Committee on Surgical Skills Training for Practicing Surgeons. Join the conversation and tweet about your experience with this program using #surgicalmetrics.

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Innovation Theater*

Visit the Innovation Theater during lunch time to learn about the latest innovations in surgery and patient care.

View the Innovation Theater schedule

*Please note the content presented at the Innovation Theater sessions is not endorsed by the American College of Surgeons. These sessions are not eligible for CME or any other credits.