Domestic and international chapters of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) met in the last several months to host a variety of activities, including annual meetings, award presentations, advocacy days, and more. Following are highlights and photos from these programs.
Florida Chapter (FCACS)
Chapter Council members at the FCACS Annual Meeting, March 22–23, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando. More than 130 participants learned about navigating challenges in surgery, including community cancer care, technology, and strategic advocacy. The program featured record-setting abstract and case competition submissions, as well as Surgical Jeopardy and Surgical Olympics.
Maryland Chapter (MD-ACS)
Spring Meeting, March 23, Annapolis, MD. Attendees gathered for a day of medical education and professional networking that concluded with Surgical Jeopardy, which the Anne Arundel Medical Center team won.
Winners of the MD-ACS Resident General Surgery Abstract Competition, along with MD-ACS officers. From left: Jose Diaz, MD, FACS, Vice-President; first-place winner Bryce Haac, MD, resident, University of Maryland, Baltimore; second-place winner Zachary Sanford, MD, resident, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis; and Jonathan Efron, MD, FACS, Chapter President.
MD-ACS Advocacy Day 2019, March 22, Annapolis. From left: Kathy Browning, Executive Director; Dr. Diaz; Farheen Qurashi, MD, Resident and Associate Society (RAS) Chapter Representative; Habeeba Park, MD, FACS, Chapter Representative to the Statewide EMS (emergency medical services) Advisory Council; Sen. Clarence Lam, MD (D); Nicole Shockcor, MD; Eliza Slama, MD, RAS Chapter Representative; and Ahmad Ahas, MD, FACS.
Brooklyn Long-Island Chapter
Surgeons from New York State visited the office of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D) at the ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit congressional visits April 2 on Capitol Hill.
North Texas Chapter
Annual Meeting, February 22–23, Dallas, TX. Rosa Cuenca, MD, FACS, Chapter President (left), presented the Robert S. Sparkman plaque to invited speaker Terry Mamounas, MD, MPH, FACS. More than 200 surgeons attended the meeting, and mock oral boards, Surgical Jeopardy, and named lectures were a few of the highlights.
Alberta Chapter, Annual Meeting, April 12 in Edmonton. Joe Vipond, MD (fourth from right), Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment board member, Alberta committee chair, and emergency physician, delivered the keynote address, Climate Health: The Medical Professional’s Role in the World’s Crisis.
New York Chapter (NY-ACS)
NY-ACS Dinner Meeting, March 5, Albany. The chapter hosted its popular educational program, Optimizing Your Surgical Practice. The objective of the program is to help surgeons identify and execute legal risk, wellness, and financial strategies.
Fourth Course of Continued Education on Medicine and Surgery (CEMCI), auditorium of Omni Hospital, Guayaquil.
Photo, from left: Carlos Luis Salvador, MD, FACS, Secretary; Carlos Marquez, MD, FACS; Priscilla Alcocer, MD, FACS, Vice-President; Enrique Guzman, MD, FACS, State Faculty of the Committee on Trauma; Cesar Gaston Cabezas, MD, FACS; Pedro Barberan, MD, FACS, President; and Luis Zurita, MD, chief of teaching, Omni Hospital, Guayaquil.
Saudi Arabia Chapter
From left: Jamal Jomah, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FRCSEd, ABHRS, Chapter Governor and President, and Committee on Applicants members Adnan Gelidan, MBBS, FACS, and Bisher Al Shanawani, MBBS, FACS, interviewed 21 Fellowship applicants.
Connecticut Chapter (CTACS)
CTACS recently awarded scholarships to physicians graduating from the medical schools in the state. The awards were created to stimulate student interest in the surgical disciplines and to recognize outstanding achievement in these areas.
Awards were presented to (pictured from left): Elliot Morse, MD, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven; Nicholas Caminiti, MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington; and Ashkaun Razmara, MD, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University, Hamden.