Brooklyn and Long Island Chapter and Nassau Surgical Society host combined meeting
On December 4, 2013, the Brooklyn and Long Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Nassau Surgical Society hosted a combined 12th Annual Clinic Day meeting in Uniondale, Long Island, NY. With 418 attendees, this chapter meeting was the largest of the year in the U.S. An educational program highlighted 11 surgical specialties represented at Clinic Day, including cardiothoracic, general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, transplant/vascular surgery, trauma and emergency surgery, and urology. A number of renowned speakers from across the U.S. delivered remarks at the educational program. The well-received luncheon keynote speaker was Christian Shalgian, Director of the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy. This year’s Clinic Day also included an abstract poster competition for resident surgeons. The top 11 posters at the event received awards.
ACS Foundation represented at Southern California Chapter meeting
Edward H. Phillips, MD, FACS, and Jonathan R. Hiatt, MD, FACS, represented the ACS Foundation as Chapter Philanthropic Champions (CPCs) at the Southern California Chapter meeting in January. The Foundation’s Committee on Chapter and Affiliate Relations started the CPC program to promote chapter philanthropic support for College programs, such as quality initiatives, professional development, and research. Drs. Phillips and Hiatt both highlighted the Foundation’s mission and the many benefits of philanthropy, including the opportunity to be recognized as a contributor to the Foundation’s 1913 Legacy Campaign. The Legacy Campaign is a fundraising initiative launched in honor of the College’s Centennial. Foundation donors were recognized at the chapter meeting.
San Diego Chapter announces registration for 2014 Spring Dinner Meeting
The San Diego, CA, Chapter will host its 2014 Spring Chapter Dinner Meeting at the University Club atop Symphony Towers, May 7. Scheduled speakers include Dustin Corcoran, MBA, chief executive officer of the California Medical Association, who will address the question, An Update on Covered California. How Is It Really Working? Mr. Corcoran also will provide an Update on the Status of the Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors Medical Negligence Lawsuits Initiative Statute. Registration and information for the meeting is available at www.sdcacs.org. For further information or to register, contact the chapter administrator, Jim Cox, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-579-2946.
Northeast Mexico Chapter holds planning meeting
The Northeast Mexico Chapter held its first chapter meeting of the year on February 4, at the Restaurante Regio in Monterrey, Mexico, with 14 Fellows in attendance. Two Fellows who passed away in 2013, Rene Villarreal, MD, FACS, and Salvador Chapa, MD, FACS, were remembered at the meeting. In addition, two new chapter members, Eduardo Gonzalez, MD, FACS, and Eduardo Garcia, MD, FACS, were introduced.
Topics discussed at the meeting included academic activities that would encourage residents and other young surgeons to get involved in chapter and ACS activities, as well as the planning of an upcoming ACS Tri-Chapter Mexico meeting. The Mexico Federal District Chapter, the Mexico Nor-Occidental Chapter, and the Northeast Mexico Chapter will cohost a meeting May 2–3 in San Miguel de Allende. The tri-chapter meeting will center on trauma surgery and will feature presentations by Fellows from all three chapters.
Italy Chapter collaborates with EndoCAS Center for Training and Research
The Italy Chapter has announced that it will collaborate with the EndoCAS Center on the campus of the Cisanello Hospital in Pisa, Italy, to offer new educational opportunities for surgeons. EndoCAS received accreditation from the College in June 2013 as a Center of Excellence for Training and Research. EndoCAS is the only Italian surgical center accredited by the ACS as a Focused Accredited Education Institute. Surgeons who worked on the agreement between the chapter and EndoCAS include Alessandro M. Paganini, MD, PhD, FACS, President of the Italy Chapter; and Franco Mosca, MD, FACS, director of EndoCAS. The mission of the EndoCAS Center is to become a leading institution for the training of residents, surgeons, and medical students to perform minimally invasive procedures. Educational activities at the center include clinical sessions, live transmission of operations, hands-on training with models, and state-of-the-art commercial surgical simulations.
Fellows in the United Arab Emirates establish new chapter
Fellows in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have formed the newest chapter of the ACS; the Board of Regents approved the chapter at its February meeting in Chicago, IL. The UAE Chapter is the 104th chapter of the College. Currently, the ACS has 66 domestic chapters, including two in Canada. With the addition of the UAE, the College now has 38 international chapters. The officers for the UAE Chapter are Safwan Taha, MB, ChB, FACS, President; Mohd Yassar AlKayyal, MD, FACS, Vice-President; and Omar Bekdache, MD, FACS, Secretary/Treasurer. Mohamad Yaman, FRCS(C), FACS, is the Governor.
Chapter Executives meet at ACS headquarters for Winter Learning Event
Nearly 20 ACS chapter executives and their staff convened at the College’s headquarters for the annual Winter Learning Event, December 12–13, 2013, to network, hear the latest information about ACS programs, and receive expert legal advice. Staff of the various divisions of the College addressed the following topics during the day-and-a-half program: the development of a new ACS website; the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and other quality improvement programs; the Commission on Cancer (CoC); continuing medical education for chapters; social media and website maintenance for chapters; and the Surgeon Specific Registry and the Physician Quality Reporting System. In addition, Jennifer Rosen, MD, FACS, member of the CoC, described the Young Fellows Association’s mentoring program, and Chapter Executive Jennifer Starkey spoke on resident involvement at the chapter level. The program also included tours of the ACS Archives and the Murphy Memorial Auditorium Building.
The College’s long-time legal counsel, Paula Cozzi Goedert, Esq., presented legal issues of interest to chapter executives, including rules for accepting sponsorships and exhibitors for chapter events and advertising revenue. Planning is now under way for the 2014 Chapter Learning Event, which will include an extended session on writing for the Web, among other topics.
ACS Latin American and Caribbean Chapters will host regional
meeting in July
The 40th Congresso Colombiano Avances en Cirugia, held in conjunction with a regional meeting of the College’s Latin American and Caribbean chapters and the Association of Surgery, will take place July 28–31, 2014, in Cartagena, Columbia, at the Convention Center Julio Cesar Turbay. For more information, go to www.ascolcirugia.org.