Health care professionals dedicated to raising the bar on the quality of surgical care and patient safety are invited to attend the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2019 Quality and Safety Conference, July 19–22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
“The ACS Quality and Safety Conference is likely the leading conference dedicated to surgical quality and safety,” said Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care. “It is designed for any and all who are working to achieve better care and outcomes for the surgical patient.”
Sessions at this year’s conference will include content from the many established ACS Quality Programs, including Cancer, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®), and the Children’s Surgery Verification Program. Additional tracks and sessions will be offered for attendees interested in Quality Improvement (QI) Principles and Tools; the Geriatric Surgery Verification Program, which will be unveiled at the conference; and a list of important and emerging topics, including the following:
- Value improvement
- Bundled care
- Global health
- Change management
- Leadership principles
- Team dynamics
- Strong for Surgery
- Enhanced recovery
- Emergency general surgery
- New ACS Quality Programs
The theme, Putting Our Patients First, will set the tone for the conference, as presenters and organizers strive to accomplish the following:
- Provide a professional forum to discuss and apply the most recent knowledge about quality and safety initiatives in the field of surgery
- Present methods used to analyze data from ACS Quality Programs and demonstrate practical ways to use the data for QI
- Assist hospitals and providers in managing, analyzing, and interpreting data
- Enhance the learning experience by offering breakout sessions that educate attendees on topic areas of their interest
Keynote speaker Rana L. Awdish, MD, is an intensive care physician at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI. Dr. Awdish will share her journey from near death to recovery, as well as the passion she has for improving the patient experience. Her story includes lessons learned from being both a physician and a patient and how her experience as a patient shaped her approach as a health care professional.
“The amount of expertise, experience, and education for, and by, all who attend is invaluable. On top of meaningful scheduled presentations, the conference offers several networking opportunities with attendees who are already successfully achieving improvement in their local practices,” Dr. Ko said. “The abilities to learn and share are key components to this conference.”
Visit the Quality & Safety Conference web page for additional details and a link to register.
In addition, hotel accommodations can be secured online. For details on making reservations at the special conference rate that expires on June 17, visit the Hotel Accommodations web page.