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, skills competitions, advocacy days, and more. Following are highlights and photos from these programs.
Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter (BLIACS)
Annual Young Surgeons Dinner, June 4, Garden City, NY. Phillip R. Caropreso, MD, FACS, Second Vice-President of the ACS, delivered the keynote address about the importance of the ACS. Photo: Jeffrey P. Weiss, MD, FACS (left), then-Chapter President, and Dr. Caropreso.
Connecticut Chapter (CTACS)
Connecticut Chapter Lobby Day, March 1, Hartford. Legislative issues highlighted included expanding coverage to bariatric surgery to all insured patients in Connecticut, increasing the state hospital tax, supporting a helmet law, and opposing a law that prohibits hospitals from charging activation fees.
First Annual Illinois Surgical Conference, April 26–28, Chicago, hosted by the Illinois Chapter and Chicago Metropolitan Chapter of the ACS, the Illinois Surgical Society, the Chicago Surgical Society, and the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative.
Lobby Day, May 22, Baton Rouge. Chapter members spoke with Lieutenant Gov. Billy Nungesser about his support for a bill to study the expansion of insurance access for bariatric surgery, and met with Speaker of the House Taylor Barras about supporting legislation to require Stop the Bleed® training and bleeding control kits in public schools. The chapter also partnered with the Louisiana Emergency Response Network to provide Stop the Bleed demonstrations in the capitol rotunda.
Massachusetts Chapter (MCACS)
Stop the Bleed training, March 26, Boston. During the event check-in at Boston’s Run to Remember, which pays tribute to fallen law enforcement officers and first responders, the chapter sponsored a Stop the Bleed booth and demonstrations to raise awareness and provide resources to the participants and the general public about bleeding control. Educational outreach was spearheaded by George DeBusk, MD, FACS, Chapter Councilor (pictured), and Kathryn Hughes, MD, FACS, a member of the Chapter’s Advocacy Committee.
Michigan Chapter (MCACS)
66th Annual Michigan Chapter Meeting, May 8–10, Grand Rapids. Meeting highlights included the Top Gun Surgical Skills Competition; the Resident Jeopardy Competition; the “Mo” Henig Lecture, An Odyssey in Trauma—1978–2019, by David. V. Feliciano, MD, FACS; and the Krishna K. & Pamela E. Sawhney Ethics in Surgery Lecture, The Surgeon’s Role in Firearm Injury Prevention—an Ethical Dilemma, by Nicole A. Stassen, MD, FACS, FCCM.
New York Chapter (NY-ACS) and Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter (BLIACS)
Advocacy Day, April 30, Albany. With the support of Albany Medical Center, the chapters hosted a Stop the Bleed training session. As a result of the chapters’ advocacy efforts, the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate proclaimed May as Stop the Bleed Month in New York. Photo: Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (standing, front), sponsor of the Stop the Bleed proclamation, with members of the chapters.
Oregon Chapter (ORACS)
Day at the Capitol, March 4, Salem. Chapter council members on the steps of the Rotunda between the House and Senate Chambers at the Oregon Capitol.
Annual Meeting, May 10, Salt Lake City.
West Virginia Chapter
Annual Meeting, May 9–11, White Sulphur Springs. The chapter has been actively promoting medical student attendance and participation at its annual meeting, including a medical student simulation session to instruct students on basic suturing and knot-tying techniques, and exposure to advanced surgical simulation. A total of 40 medical students from the five medical campuses throughout the state participated in a three-hour simulation consisting of central line, laparoscopic robotic, open vascular, and endovascular simulation stations.
Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Chapter
ANZ Chapter Annual Meeting, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress, May 8, Bangkok, Thailand. Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), FCSHK(Hon), FCCS(Hon), ACS President, updated the chapter on the College’s focus and activities.
33rd Brazilian Congress of Surgery of the Brazilian College of Surgeons, May 1–4, Brasília. The Congress focused on the care of the surgical patient and quality in surgery.
Annual Congress of the Chile Chapter, June 2–5, Viña del Mar.
Basic Surgical Skills Workshop, March 1, New Delhi. The hands-on workshop included basic skills of suturing, knotting, mass closure of abdomen, bowel anastomosis, and vascular and tendon repair on animal tissues, conducted under the convenorship of Prof. Chintamani, MB, BS, FACS, ACS Governor.
Annual Meeting, April 19, Osaka. Dr. Maier attended the event and presented a lecture, Quality Improvement for Trauma: ACS COT Trauma Quality Improvement Program.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Chapter
The UAE Chapter conducted ACS Fellowship applicant interviews in Abu Dhabi in May.