The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has forced many domestic and international chapters of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to postpone or cancel annual meetings and events over the last several months. While a few chapters were able to hold annual meetings and Surgical Jeopardy competitions in the early stages of COVID-19, chapters have started organizing virtual meetings so members can continue to participate in educational offerings and network with colleagues.
North Texas Chapter
Annual Meeting, February 21–22, Dallas. Named lectures, scientific sessions, an abstract competition, and Surgical Jeopardy were some of the highlights from the two-day meeting.
Maryland Chapter (MD-ACS)
Spring Meeting, March 7, Annapolis. Attendees gathered for a day of medical education and professional networking that concluded with Surgical Jeopardy, which the Anne Arundel Medical Center team won.
Honoring its long-standing commitment to medical education, the Connecticut Chapter recently awarded scholarships to graduating physicians from medical schools in Connecticut. The awards were created to stimulate student interest in the surgical disciplines and to recognize outstanding achievement. Awards were presented to Thais Faggion Vinholo, MD, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven; Rebecca Lynn Calafiore, MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington; and Seija Maniskas, MD, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, New Haven.
The India Chapter held a May 8–10 online International Medical Student Congress with more than 800 delegates participating over three days. Interesting cases, research work, and clinical photo essays were presented, and two workshops were conducted on scientific paper writing and basic surgical skills. The chapter also held a live webinar, Surgery during COVID Times—Do’s & Don’ts, as well as an online postgraduate master class that included clinical case presentations and demonstrations of clinical examinations.
This year’s International Panel of the ACS and the German Society of Surgery, Women in Surgery, was organized by the ACS Germany Chapter and originally planned for the Annual Congress of the German Society of Surgery on April 21 in Berlin. Because of COVID-19, the session was convened as a videoconference with 220 participants.