Clnical Congress 2012: Welcome from the Chair, Board of Regents

Dear Colleagues,

I want to invite you to attend the American College of Surgeons 2012 Annual Clinical Congress, scheduled for September 30–October 4, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.  The Congress will initiate our celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the American College of Surgeons.  In 2012, as at the time of our founding, the Congress will promote high quality educational programs designed to educate surgeons and directly improve the health and safety of surgical patients.

The Program Committee chaired by Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, and the Division of Education, under the leadership of Ajit Sachdeva, MD, FACS, have put together an outstanding Scientific Program. Our President, Patricia Numann, MD, FACS, has designated her presidency year theme as Stewardship of Our Profession.  In addition to other valuable educational efforts, various activities focusing on our profession will be highlighted.  This includes a wide array of timely and important topics that are essential to delivery of surgical care of the highest quality. Among those are diverse Panel Sessions presented by experts from across the surgical specialties and nonsurgical disciplines, and Named Lectures delivered by top leaders in their fields. The Didactic and Skills-Oriented Postgraduate Courses will focus on important domains and will help attendees advance their knowledge and acquire new skills. Experiential, hands-on learning will be used to achieve the objectives of these courses.

The Scientific Program for the Clinical Congress will also include innovative research and surgical practices presented in Scientific Paper and Surgical Forum Sessions, as well as daily Scientific Poster Presentations. Timely Video-Based Education Presentations will highlight interesting surgical procedures from across the world. These sessions will be complemented by intimate, topic-specific Meet-the-Expert Luncheons and interactive Town Hall Meetings.

Attendees will be able to obtain certificates of verification following their participation in Postgraduate Courses and additional certificates will be provided for participation in specific sessions which will meet requirements for Maintenance of Certification, Maintenance of Licensure, privileging, and credentialing.  Many of our courses will have self-assessment CME credits this year, which are vital for the Maintenance of Certification process.

The Clinical Congress Program has been arranged in thematic tracks that address content of interest to all surgical specialties, as well as specialty-based tracks that address the learning needs of various specialty groups. The stimulating educational content, which includes special opportunities to address regulatory requirements and interact with experts, and the ability to reconnect with professional colleagues make the 2012 Clinical Congress an essential meeting for all practicing surgeons, surgical residents, and members of surgical teams. On behalf of the American College of Surgeons, I look forward to welcoming you to Chicago for the 2012 Annual Clinical Congress.

With best regards,
J. David Richardson, MD, FACS
Chair, Board of Regents

ACS Program Committee

Chair: Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, New York, NY
Vice-Chair: David M. Mahvi, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL
Members: William G. Cioffi, Jr., MD, FACS, Providence, RI
Craig S. Derkay, MD, FACS, Norfolk, VA
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA
Henri R. Ford, MD, FACS, Los Angeles, CA
David R. Jones, MD, FACS, Charlottesville, VA
Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, New York, NY
Deborah A. Nagle, MD, FACS, Boston, MA
Amy B. Reed, MD, FACS, Hershey, PA
Ex-Officios: Michael T. Longaker, MD, FACS, Stanford, CA
Tonia M. Young-Fadok, MD, FACS, Phoenix, AZ
Consultants: Robert R. Bahnson, MD, FACS, Columbus, OH
Barbara L. Bass, MD, FACS, Houston, TX
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, Seattle, WA
William D. Spotnitz, MD, FACS, Charlottesville, VA
Staff: Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Chicago, IL
Julie A. Tribe, MS Ed, Chicago, IL
Katie M. Anthony, Chicago, IL

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