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North Carolina Chapter of the
American College of Surgeons


April 2022

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Call for Abstracts – 2022 NC/SC ACS Chapters Annual Resident Paper Competition

The South Carolina and North Carolina Chapters of the American College of Surgeons are excited to gather for the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting, July 8-10, 2022 in Myrtle Beach, SC and offer this great opportunity.

The Annual Resident Paper Competition provides a unique opportunity to present to surgeons, network with fellow trainees and engage in professional development, so DO NOT DELAY! SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT TODAY!

Categories are General Surgery, Cancer, and Trauma.

Submission Eligibility:

  • All residents and research trainees enrolled in general surgery or surgical specialty residency training or fellows-in-training programs in South Carolina or North Carolina.
  • Medical students enrolled in medical school in South Carolina or North Carolina – with an interest in surgery.
  • The entry must represent original work done by the author(s).
  • Submission of an abstract commits the author(s) to be present on July 8-10, 2022, in Myrtle Beach, SC if the abstract is accepted.

Submission Instructions:

  • Submit abstracts using the online submission form by May 1, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET.  Only online submissions will be accepted.
  • Upload graph or charts as directed on the abstract submission form.
  • When entering your abstract, you will be asked to complete these sections:  Background, Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion
For more information or questions, please contact April Koon at the SC Medical Society.
Submit an Abstract

South Carolina & North Carolina Chapters of the American College of Surgeons
Bariatric Society of the Carolinas
July 8 – 10, 2022

Make Plans to Attend!
It is my pleasure to extend to you the details and opportunity to attend our Annual Meeting, July 8 – 10, 2022.
We are delighted to return in 2022 to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and stay once again at the Marriott Resort – Grande Dunes. Room reservations are available now.
The event will be packed full of opportunities for Continuing Medical Education, networking, and advancing the future of medicine in a relaxing, enjoyable setting.
Attire for the conference is business casual during the day and resort casual for hospitality events.

Mark A. Jones, MD, FACS​
President, South Carolina Chapter

ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™

Congratulations to the new Medical Director of the Mastery Program: Preston R. Miller III, MD, FACS, professor of surgery and director of emergency general surgery at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, NC. Wake Forest has participated in the Mastery Program since its inception, with eight junior associates completing the program. Dr. Miller has served as the Mastery Program Chief during this time.
The Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™ continually advance the science and practice of education across all specialties of surgery through innovation and promotion of the highest achievements in lifelong learning. The goals of the Academy are to:
  • Define megatrends in surgical education and training
  • Steer advances in the field
  • Foster innovation and collaboration
  • Support faculty development and recognition
  • Underscore the critical importance of surgical education and training in the changing milieu of health care

Applications and nominations are now open for the next class of the Academy who will be selected in the summer of 2022. The Induction Ceremony is being planned as an in-person event in Chicago, IL on the evening of Friday, September 30, 2022.

Apply for membership
Nominate a colleague 

In October 2020, the ACS Board of Regents unanimously approved the use of a Membership Mark of the Academy, Member, Academy of Master Surgeon Educators (MAMSE).

Call for Nominations for ACS Secretary

The 2022 Nominating Committee of the Board of Regents (NCBR) will be selecting a nominee for the position of Secretary of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The deadline for submitting nominations is May 31
Position Responsibilities
The Secretary shall oversee the minutes of the annual meetings of the members, give notices in accordance with the provisions of law and the Bylaws of the ACS, and perform such other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the Board of Regents. The Secretary has the co-responsibility with the Executive Director to provide such oversight.
Criteria for Consideration
The NCBR will use the following guidelines when considering potential candidates:
  • Nominees must be loyal Fellows of the College who have demonstrated outstanding integrity along with an unquestioned devotion to the highest principles of surgical practice.
  • Nominees must have demonstrated leadership qualities that might be reflected by service and active participation on ACS committees or in other components of the College.
  • Members of the NCBR recognize the importance of achieving representation of all who practice surgery.
  • The College encourages consideration of women and other underrepresented minorities. 
All nominations must include a letter of recommendation, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and a personal statement from the candidate detailing ACS service and the name of one individual who can serve as a reference. Any attempt to contact members of the NCBR by a candidate or on behalf of a candidate will be viewed negatively and may result in disqualification. Applications submitted without the requested information will not be considered.

Submit nominations to If you have questions, contact Lynese L. Kelley, Director of Leadership Operations for the NCBR, at or 312-202-5203.

Make Plans to Attend ACS Clinical Congress 2022 in San Diego, October 16–20

This year's Clinical Congress will take place October 16-20 in San Diego, CA. ACS President Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS, MAMSE, has selected #SurgeonsSowingHope as a timely and relevant theme for the conference. 
Clinical Congress remains the premier annual academic meeting for surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and members of their surgical teams. It offers a broad range of outstanding didactic and hands-on learning opportunities and cutting-edge advancements from surgical practices and research in a venue with unparalleled access to your peers.
The robust scientific program will include:
  • 12 named lectures, including a new one sponsored by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • 120-panel sessions
  • 2 special sessions, including one from the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™
  • 75 scientific forum sessions, including a new one featuring seminal abstracts
  • 34 video-based education sessions
  • 45 meet-the-expert sessions
  • 21 town hall meetings
Postgraduate courses will include:
  • 16 didactic courses
  • 17 skills courses
These postgraduate courses will use a longitudinal approach to learning, including coursework before and after Congress, based on the experiences during the pandemic.
We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

UPDATE: Ukraine

Through Operation Giving Back, the American College of Surgeons is following the humanitarian crisis currently unfolding in Ukraine. 
March 28, 2022

Dear Colleague,

Many of you have reached out to us, asking how you can contribute to the care of victims in war-torn Ukraine.

At this time, no current role or mechanism exists for safe travel to help in person. Healthcare facilities seem to be well staffed but supplies and equipment are desperately needed.

Listed below are a few non-governmental organizations that are asking for monetary donations and/or supplies: In addition, we are accepting donations to get STOP THE BLEED® supplies to people on the ground in Ukraine and Poland.

We will continue to update you on this evolving situation and look for additional opportunities in which ACS members can support the victims of this crisis.


Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS
Executive Director
Michael Sutherland, MD, MBA, FACS
Director, Member Services 
Girma Tefera, MD, FACS 
Medical Director, Operation Giving Back

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