Register now to participate in ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2017

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host its sixth annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit, May 6–9 at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown Hotel. The summit is a dual meeting that offers comprehensive and specialized sessions that provide volunteer leaders and advocates with the skills and tools they need to be effective in those roles. Registration for the event is now open on the ACS website.

Leadership Summit

The Leadership Summit provides a venue for members to connect with ACS leaders, and to participate in discussions about innovative ways to face challenges and enhance leadership skills. It begins Saturday, May 6, with an initial reception open to all registrants, followed by a full day of programming on Sunday, May 7.

More than 400 ACS leaders, members, residents, and medical students participate in the Leadership portion of the summit. Topics will focus on honing the communication and strategic thinking skills necessary for effective leadership in and out of the operating room. Speakers will address topics such as leadership strategies, ethics in leadership, common mistakes in leadership, team building, managing critical situations, and domestic volunteerism. In addition, a portion of the meeting will be dedicated to sharing ACS chapter success stories and working to identify strategies to enhance and strengthen chapters.

Advocacy Summit

The Advocacy Summit provides the best opportunity to attain the skills and knowledge needed to become a seasoned surgeon advocate. With a new presidential administration and Congress, it is vital that surgeons make the trip to Washington to observe and participate in the evolving political environment.

Since last year’s summit, many details about physician payment under the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 have been set. At the Advocacy Summit, surgeons will be briefed on the steps they must now take to start complying with MACRA, and ACS staff will help members navigate the many additional legislative changes that are likely to occur.

The Advocacy Summit will begin Sunday, May 7, with a dinner and keynote address. Past speakers have included political commentator Chris Matthews, U.S. Army Gen. (Retired) Stanley A. McChrystal, author Thomas Goetz, and journalists Bob Woodward and George Will.

Sessions planned for the following day will focus on the political climate in Washington, and speakers will provide updates on important health care issues, including Medicare physician payment, graduate medical education, and ensuring patient access to the highest quality surgical care. Tuesday morning, attendees will apply what they have learned at the summit in face-to-face meetings with their senators and representatives and/or congressional staffs. This portion of the program provides an opportunity to rally surgery’s collective grassroots on issues such as physician payment, professional liability, and physician workforce.

Fellows attending the Advocacy Summit will have the opportunity to make an early impression on a new Congress. During this three-day conference, participants can expect to receive comprehensive advocacy training and learn how to use these skills throughout the year, not just when in Washington. The Advocacy Summit is the place to confer with other surgeon advocates to share ideas and meet face-to-face with key health care policymakers and legislators. Perhaps more importantly, the Advocacy Summit gives surgeons an opportunity to become the constituent their legislators know and trust to offer advice on surgical issues.

The ACS Professional Association political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) will host various events for members and SurgeonsPAC contributors. These events provide contributors with unique networking opportunities, advanced educational sessions aimed at helping College members become more effective surgeon-advocates, and an insider’s perspective on how to remain engaged in the political process.

In addition to raising funds to elect and/or re-elect congressional candidates who support a pro-surgeon, pro-patient agenda, SurgeonsPAC will host a reception at which PAC contributors will be recognized for their commitment to surgery and the surgical patient. Other SurgeonsPAC-sponsored events include the annual raffle, a political luncheon featuring a special guest speaker, and presentation of the 2016 PAC awards. Resident engagement opportunities will be provided as well. In addition, the SurgeonsPAC booth provides attendees with a venue to interact with ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy staff to learn more about the PAC and ACS advocacy efforts.

For more information about the Leadership Summit, e-mail For more information about the Advocacy Summit and ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC activities, e-mail or call 202-672-1520.

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