Maryland Chapter of the
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Maryland ACS eNews January 2020

MD-ACS Advocacy Day and 2020 Spring Meeting

It’s a MD-ACS weekend with Advocacy Day Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Maryland State Capitol in Annapolis followed by MD-ACS 2020 Spring Meeting on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Westin Hotel in Annapolis. Mark your calendars and register NOW. Don’t miss these events.

On Friday, March 6, 2020 join your colleagues for the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MD-ACS) Advocacy Day, at the Capitol in Annapolis. The first step in creating legislative change is through relationship. Take advantage of this opportunity to start the conversation with face to face meetings with policy and decision makers.
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The MD-ACS 2020 Spring Meeting starts early on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Westin Annapolis.

F. Dean Griffen, MD, FACS, Albert Sklar Professor of Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and Second Vice-President, of the American College of Surgeons, will kick off the meeting with a presentation about Prevention of Surgical Errors. A complete day of varied and timely topics is planned.
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Call for Abstracts – 2020 MD-ACS Annual Spring Meeting

The Program Committee of the Maryland Chapter, American College of Surgeons (MD-ACS) is accepting abstracts for consideration for the resident paper competition being held during the 2020 MD-ACS Annual Spring Meeting on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your work, participate in a great program, and network with other residents and practicing surgeons from across the State.

The deadline is Friday, February 7, 2020, 11:59 pm EST.


  • All residents and research trainees enrolled in general surgery or surgical specialty residency training programs in Maryland.
  • Medical students enrolled in a medical school in Maryland – with an interest in surgery.
  • The entry should represent original work done by the authors.
  • Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the submitting author to be present on March 7, 2020 if his/her abstract is accepted.


  • Submit abstract using the online submission form by Friday, February 7, 2020 at 11:59pm ET
  • Online submissions only.
  • Upload graph or charts as directed on the abstract submission form.


  • The Best Paper award is open to all residents, medical students, and research trainees.
  • Cash prizes awarded.

You will be notified by email if your abstract is selected for inclusion in the resident paper competition the week of February 11.

Please use the link in the button below to electronically submit your abstract.

Submit an Abstract

MD-ACS Fall Dinner

The Maryland Chapter of the ACS held its annual Fall Dinner on November 7, 2019 in Baltimore at the Capitol Grille. After a brief update from ACS Governor, Dr. Frank Rotolo, MD-ACS Vice President, Dr. Jose Diaz welcomed Senator Clarence Lam, MD as the guest speaker. 
Senator Lam shared with the group the top healthcare issues expected to be addressed during the next legislative session and answered many questions about policy and the legislative process.  
Clarence K. Lam is a Democratic member of the Maryland Senate from the 12th district who previously served in the Maryland House of Delegates from the 12th district. 
Senator Lam earned a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a medical degree from the University of Maryland. Lam's career experience includes working as a physician in preventive medicine with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Leadership & Advocacy Summit

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host the ninth annual Leadership and Advocacy Summit, March 28–31, 2020 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The Summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provides ACS members, leaders and advocates with topics focused on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to congressional offices.

Reasons to Attend in 2020

The Leadership Summit will offer compelling speakers addressing key topics in surgical leadership. A portion of the event will be dedicated to sharing ACS Chapter success stories and working to identify strategies to enhance and strengthen chapters. Your leadership makes a difference.

The Advocacy Summit will highlight the legislative priorities the College is pursuing on your behalf, and will bring together ACS members to develop their advocacy skills, learn about legislative and health policy priorities, and advocate in meetings with members of Congress and their staffs.

When attending the Summit, plan to be in Washington, DC, to
  • Advocate to improve surgical patient care
  • Engage influential decision makers
  • Connect with ACS leaders and learn how to become more involved
  • Lead discussions on innovative ways to face leadership and surgical challenges
  • Enhance your leadership and mentoring skills by attending professional development sessions

For information on the Leadership Summit, please contact Brian Frankel at or 312-202-5361.

For information on the Advocacy Summit, please contact Austin O’Boyle at or 202-672-1511.

Resident Travel Award Opportunity

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is pleased to again offer a limited number of scholarships to Resident Members of the American College of Surgeons who are interested in attending the upcoming Leadership & Advocacy Summit, March 28–31, 2020, at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC. The ninth annual Summit is a dual meeting that offers volunteer leaders and advocates specialized educational sessions focused on effective surgeon leadership, interactive advocacy training, and coordinated visits to Congressional offices
The award will cover up to $500 in housing and transportation costs. Full details about the awards and how to apply can be found at the following link:

The deadline to apply is Friday, January 10, 2020.
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has issued a call for abstracts to be presented at its 2020 Quality and Safety Conference, July 24–27, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 2, 2020.

Individuals at participating sites are encouraged to submit a 250-word abstract for poster and/or podium presentation. The abstract should relate to surgical quality improvement initiatives including the development, implementation, or validation of best practices within one or more of the following ACS Quality Programs:
  • ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®)
  • ACS Children’s Surgery Verification and ACS NSQIP Pediatric
  • Cancer Programs, including the Commission on Cancer (CoC), National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancers (NAPRC), and the Clinical Research Program (CRP)
  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
  • Trauma Quality Programs, including Pediatrics, Verification, Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP), and Performance Improvement and Patient Safety
Abstracts will undergo a peer-review process that will focus on the following criteria:
  • Quality and originality of the work
  • Significance and applicability to improving surgical care
  • Relevance to quality improvement and best practices
  • Completed research
  • Clarity of writing
  • Primary author's availability to attend the conference
  • Abstract submissions close February 2, 2020
  • Acceptance notices sent May 1, 2020
Instructions and Guidelines

All health care professionals, including surgeons, nurses, residents, trainees, operational experts, and leadership affiliated with the aforementioned ACS Quality Programs, are invited to submit a 250-word abstract to be considered for podium and/or poster presentation. There is an option to request poster presentation only. The primary author is expected to present his or her work at the conference if the abstract is accepted. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate co-presenters.

Please note. Abstracts that have been submitted or recently presented at other meetings are eligible for presentation at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference. In the view of the ACS, previous presentation of a paper does not prohibit the presentation or publication of the material at the Quality and Safety Conference.

There is no limit for abstract submissions per primary author and/or coauthor. Abstract acceptance is conditional upon registration and payment of applicable registration fees. Mandatory poster and presentation slide templates and guidelines will be sent after acceptance.

Only two images (including tables) may be embedded per abstract. Only one table attachment per abstract may be submitted. Files must be in .jpg or .png format. Other file types will not be accepted.

Abstract Competitions

Best Trainee Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all medical students and medical/surgical trainees.
Presenting an abstract at the 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference is one way to demonstrate the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's (ACGME's) Scholarly Activity program

Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Program presents 32 new surgical standards (2 of which are optional) designed to systematically improve surgical care and outcomes for the aging adult population. The standards provide a framework for hospitals to take an interdisciplinary approach to continuously optimize surgical care for older adults.

With support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the standards were collaboratively developed by the ACS Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery Project, composed of more than 50 stakeholder organizations representing the needs of older patients and families, advocacy and regulatory groups, health care professionals, and multiple medical and surgical specialties.

Click here to get started.

Call for Abstracts and Videos for Clinical Congress 2020

The call for abstracts and videos for Clinical Congress 2020, October 4–8 in Chicago, IL, is now open. Start submitting abstracts and videos today.

Abstracts or videos may be submitted for the following Clinical Congress programs:

Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum
The Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum offers researchers the opportunity to present the results of their original, basic science, clinical, education, health sciences, and translational research. 
Learn more

Video-Based Education Sessions
The Video-Based Education Sessions aims to educate surgeons and members of surgical teams in order to improve the care of the surgical patient, as well as safeguard the standards of care in an optimal practice environment. 
Learn more

History of Surgery Poster Session
The History of Surgery Poster Session offers surgical history enthusiasts the opportunity to present on subjects of interest related to the history of the field of surgery and its subspecialties.
Learn more

Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020 11:59 pm (CST)
Please note: The committees do not accommodate or consider late abstract submissions.

ACS Resources for the Practicing Surgeon, Volume II: The Private Practice Surgeon

ACS Resources for the Practicing Surgeon, Volume II: The Private Practice Surgeon provides an overview of various private practice business arrangements, financial management and revenue cycle processes, relevant health care laws and rules, and mechanisms to ensure the ongoing prosperity of a practice. Understanding these issues and how they could affect your career and your patients is critical to the successful establishment and maintenance of a private surgical practice. 
Click here to download. 

It’s Time To Pay Your Dues!

If you have already paid your MD-ACS dues for 2020, THANK YOU! 

If you haven’t, why not click here and do it now. And ask your colleagues to join and support MD-ACS. We are stronger together.

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