The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has issued a call for abstracts to be presented at its 2019 Quality and Safety Conference, July 19–22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 1.
Individuals at participating sites are encouraged to submit a 250-word abstract for poster and/or podium presentation. The abstract should relate to surgical quality improvement initiatives, including the development, implementation, or validation of best practices. The ACS also is interested in operational best practices relating to workflow around collecting data and reporting.
Medical students and medical/surgical trainees are encouraged to submit research for the Best Trainee Abstract Competition. The primary author will be awarded a prize and invited to present at the conference.
Submissions from the following surgical quality programs are welcome:
- ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®)
- ACS Children’s Surgery Verification, as well as ACS NSQIP Pediatric
- Cancer Programs, including the Commission on Cancer and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
- Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
- Trauma Quality Programs, including Pediatrics, Verification, Trauma Quality Improvement Program, and Performance Improvement and Patient Safety
Note that abstracts that have been submitted or recently presented at other meetings are eligible for presentation at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference. In the view of the ACS, previous presentation of a paper does not prohibit the presentation or publication of the material at the Quality and Safety Conference.
If you have an idea, the ACS encourages you to begin reaching out to your colleagues soon—get your team together, and start planning your projects now.