China-Hong Kong Chapter
The China-Hong Kong Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the department of surgery at the University of Hong Kong welcomed ACS President Carlos Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon) to their meeting December 5, 2013. Dr. Pellegrini was honored at a reception held at the Queen Mary Hospital, after which he delivered a lecture on the Future of Surgery and Surgeons.
UAE hold first chapter planning meeting
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Chapter held a planning meeting December 28 in the Hilton Abu Dhabi Hotel. According to Chapter President Safwan Taha, MD, FACS, FRCSGlasg, issues discussed at the meeting included the formation of chapter subcommittees, communication with the ACS, and possible future activities of the chapter. The UAE Chapter is the most recent chapter to be admitted to the College, joining the ACS in February 2013.
Tennessee Chapter advocates in Washington, reports successful quality collaborative
Members of the Tennessee Chapter attended the 2014 Leadership & Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, and participated in Capitol Hill visits with senators and representatives from their state on April 1. In these meetings, the Tennessee delegation, which included both ACS Resident Members and Fellows, advocated emphatically for the repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula used to calculate Medicare physician fees and for trauma care funding. The Tennessee surgeons also shared with legislators the results of an initiative being carried out through the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative (TSQC), which uses the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) to improve patient outcomes and reduce unnecessary spending. Implementation of the TSQC has resulted in a “significant decline in surgical morbidity, postoperative complications, and decreased costs of nearly $30 million,” according to Joe Cofer, MD, FACS, Tennessee Chapter President and professor of surgery and residency program director, University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Chattanooga.
New York Chapter and Manhattan Council hold strategic planning session
Leaders from the New York Chapter and the Manhattan Council participated in a strategic planning session February 22 at the Harmonie Club in New York, NY. Former ACS Regent Mary McGrath, MD, MPH, FACS, facilitated the session, and Donna Tieberg, ACS Chapter Services Manager, organized and planned the event. During the session, council members discussed updating the chapter mission statement and goals for the future, including the continuation of a strong advocacy program in New York State, better alignment with specialty surgical groups, and further chapter educational programming.
Record-breaking attendance at 2014 Leadership Summit
The third annual ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit took place March 29 to April 1, in Washington, DC, at the JW Marriott. The Leadership program began on Saturday evening with a well-attended Welcome Reception. A record-breaking crowd of more than 427 attendees, including domestic and international ACS leaders, gathered on Sunday to hear presentations on leadership and mentoring skills, emotional intelligence, and chapter development. In addition, current and past Presidents of the Massachusetts, Metropolitan Philadelphia, and Puerto Rico Chapters relayed stories about their group’s successes from the past year. Attendees convened again this year by state and/or region to identify areas for synergistic and unified efforts for the future. Before adjourning for the day, a representative from each of the states and regions reported on their plans moving forward in the coming year. For further details on the Leadership program, see the article in this issue.
The Advocacy Summit, March 31–April 1, began with a dinner and speaker and was followed the next day by comprehensive and specialized education sessions, offered by volunteer leaders and advocates, which focused on the tools needed for effective leadership. Interactive advocacy training and coordinated visits with congressional offices followed these sessions. For more details on the Advocacy Summit, see the article.
Planning has already begun for the next Leadership & Advocacy Summit, which will take place April 18–21, 2015, in Washington, DC.
Governors welcome international attendees to Leadership & Advocacy Summit
Raymond Price, MD, FACS, Chair of the ACS Governors Chapter Activities International Workgroup; Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Member Services; and Ms. Tieberg welcomed workgroup members and ACS international governors and chapter leaders to the 2014 Leadership & Advocacy Summit. Those at the Saturday meeting included Esteban Foianini, MD, FACS, a new ACS Governor from Bolivia; Dimitrios Linos, MD, FACS, Governor from Greece; and Luis Samuel Mon, MD, FACS, Governor from Panama. Also at the meeting was Giuseppe Nigri, MD, PhD, FACS, Treasurer and Chapter Administrator of the Italy Chapter, who gave a presentation at the Leadership program on his experiences as a participant in the Young Fellows Association Mentoring Program. International Governors and chapter leaders will convene again at the 2014 ACS Clinical Congress to discuss issues relevant to international Fellows.