To provide a more comprehensive look at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) quality improvement efforts, the College has announced that the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) Annual Conference will now be the 2017 ACS Quality and Safety Conference. The meeting will take place July 21–24 at the New York Hilton Midtown, NY.
The annual ACS NSQIP conference has grown rapidly in recent years—the 2016 conference in San Diego, CA, drew nearly 1,500 surgeon champions, surgical clinical reviewers (SCRs), and other quality improvement professionals. The ACS Quality and Safety Conference will build on that success, featuring leaders in surgery as speakers and various presentations focused on ACS NSQIP, while offering expanded content on the following ACS Quality Programs:
- ACS NSQIP Pediatric
- Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
- Children’s Surgery Verification™ Quality Improvement Program
- Surgeon Specific Registry
The theme of the expanded conference, Achieving Quality: Present and Future, will serve as the basis of the meeting’s proceedings. To achieve the goal of improving quality, presenters and organizers are striving to accomplish the following objectives:
- Provide a forum to share the most up-to-date knowledge pertaining to local, national, and international quality improvement initiatives in surgery
- Present methods used to analyze clinical registry data and demonstrate practical ways to use the data
- Assist hospitals in analyzing, managing, and interpreting data by providing education on proven methods that will empower hospitals to make a positive impact on patient care
- Enhance the learning experience by offering breakout sessions that educate attendees on topic areas of interest to them, with consideration of their level of experience in ACS quality improvement programs
In addition to talks from surgical leaders, the 2017 ACS Quality and Safety Conference will offer other notable events.
Keynote speaker Blake Haxton, a member of the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team in rowing, will share his unique insight with attendees. Mr. Haxton contracted necrotizing fasciitis in March 2009, in his senior year of high school. The infection led to heart, lung, kidney, and liver failure, as well as the loss of both legs; however, after an intensive rehabilitation regimen, he was able to attend and graduate from college and law school.
Another conference highlight will be abstract competitions in four categories: Medical Student and Surgical Resident Abstract Competition, SCR Abstract Competition, Clinical Abstract Competition, and Abstract Poster Competition.
Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, which oversees all ACS Quality Programs, is enthusiastic about the newly expanded ACS Quality and Safety Conference. “We are excited to have multiple quality programs of the American College of Surgeons coming together for this conference so that we can all learn how to get better, become more efficient, and provide high-value care in all types of settings,” Dr. Ko said. “This is the first time we’ve put together a conference like this, which we hope will be the first of many.”
More information about the 2017 ACS Quality and Safety Conference can be found on the ACS website.