Don’t miss the 2021 Virtual Leadership & Advocacy Summit this month

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host the Leadership & Advocacy Summit, May 15–17, 2021. The summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provide ACS members, leaders, and advocates with the skills and tools necessary to be effective in these roles. The summit will take place virtually this year, enabling a larger audience to participate in this engaging and timely event.

Registration for the 2021 virtual summit is now open at

Leadership Summit

The Leadership Summit will offer compelling speakers on key topics in surgical leadership. The summit provides a venue for members to learn new and innovative ways to face challenges and enhance their leadership skills, both in and out of the operating room. The Leadership Summit will take place Saturday, May 15, 10:00 am–2:30 pm Central Time.

The virtual Leadership Summit is open to all U.S. and international ACS members and nonmembers. Featured topics will include implementing impactful ideas in health care delivery, empowering early-career surgeons to reach their full potential, improving patient outcomes and fostering innovation through team diversity, helping your team manage moral injury through the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond, stumbling into authentic leadership, and cultivating high-performing teams. A session also will be dedicated to sharing chapter success stories from three ACS chapter leaders.

For more information about the Leadership Summit, contact Brian Frankel, Manager, ACS International Chapter Services and Special Initiatives, at or 312-202-5361.

Advocacy Summit

The Advocacy Summit offers attendees the unique opportunity to gain insight and additional tools to become more knowledgeable and effective advocates for surgery. Surgeon advocates play a critical role in educating lawmakers about important health care issues and effecting change.

The Advocacy Summit will highlight health policy priorities the College is pursuing on members’ behalf and will allow ACS members to develop their advocacy skills, learn more about current legislative efforts, and participate in virtual meetings with members of Congress and their staff. The Advocacy Summit will take place Sunday, May 16, 10:00 am–4:00 pm Central Time, and the virtual congressional visits will occur Monday, May 17, 8:00 am–3:30 pm Central Time.

The virtual Advocacy Summit is open to all ACS members and nonmembers in the U.S. The content is not applicable to international registrants. Only active ACS members and Chapter Administrators in the U.S. are eligible to attend the virtual congressional visits.

For more information about the Advocacy Summit, contact Maggie Draughn, Grassroots and PAC Coordinator, at or 202-534-0192.

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