In a recent post on the history and philosophy community of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Web portal, LaMar S. McGinnis, Jr., MD, FACS, proposed the idea of a College club that would meet during Clinical Congress to discuss surgical history. The organization would serve to enhance communication and encourage the exchange of information regarding surgical and ACS history. With support from the ACS Archives staff, the club would review historical materials, participate in online chat rooms, present papers on aspects of the history of surgery, discuss methods of preserving the College’s rich history through the ACS Archives, and collaborate on historical projects of mutual interest.
Several surgeons expressed interest in participating in such a club on the Web portal. To view all of the comments, and participate in the discussion, visit the ACS Member Portal.
Dr. McGinnis believes that it is appropriate, in the College’s Centennial year, to have an initial gathering to discuss such a club. Archives staff will sponsor a continental breakfast meeting at the 2013 Clinical Congress in Washington, DC, for all those interested. If you are interested in attending, contact ACS Archivist Susan Rishworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.