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Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons 2017 Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting & Day of Trauma

 August 18-20, 2017
King and Prince Beach Resort
St. Simons Island, GA

It's that time again!

Time to register for the Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons (GSACS) 2017 Annual Meeting & Day of Trauma!

This year the meeting will be held at the beautiful King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort on Georgia's own St. Simons Island. The Day of Trauma is Friday August 18 with the GSACS Annual Meeting beginning on Friday evening with a reception and concluding on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at noon.

Online registration is easy. Just click here to register and click here to link to the hotel reservation site.

The GSACS room rate (plus taxes) is $224 per night for oceanfront rooms, $209 per night for partial ocean view rooms and $194 per night for resort view rooms. The room block is limited so make your reservations NOW!

Call For General Surgery and Trauma Abstracts is now open

The deadline for submission for Trauma is July 15, 2017.

The deadline for submission for General Surgery is July 21, 2017

All submissions must be made online at
If you have questions or need assistance, please email

New CMS Tool Will Help Physicians Determine MIPS Participation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created an interactive tool to help clinicians determine whether they must participate in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017. The tool—available on the CMS QPP website —requires clinicians to enter their national provider identifier (NPI) to determine whether they are required to participate. CMS recently mailed letters to contacts listed for each tax identification number to notify clinicians of their MIPS participation status. 

Clinicians should participate in MIPS in the 2017 transition year if they meet the following criteria: 
  • Bill Medicare Part B more than $30,000 a year, and
  • See more than 100 Medicare patients a year
Clinicians who are not required to participate in MIPS in 2017 may choose to voluntarily report; however, they will not be subject to payment adjustments. 

More information regarding the tool and letters can be found on the CMS QPP website.
Fellows can direct questions to

2017 ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit

GSACS was again featured as a Chapter Success Story at the ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit recently held in Washington DC.
GSACS President-elect, Dennis Ashley, MD,FACS presentation, Georgia’s Commitment: “I Can Stop the Bleed” was enthusiastically received by the attendees.

The Summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provide volunteer leaders and advocates with the skills and tools they need to be effective in their roles. The Leadership portion of the Leadership & Advocacy Summit included a series of presentations that provided practical, take-home tips on how to be a better leader. Presentations covered such diverse leadership topics as how to handle difficult conversations, manage difficult people, and lead from behind; how it’s not all about you, and leading by example; volunteering in your own backyard; avoiding burnout and promoting resilience; preparing for leadership positions in medicine; and successfully addressing critical situations in the operating room.
Caption: L-R, Ankit Patel, MD, FACS, GSACS President Thomas Reeve, III MD, FACS, GSACS Legislative Chair & ACS Governor for Georgia Harold Kent, MD, FACS, ACS Governor for Georgia, Dewayne Colquitt, MD, FACS, Lynn Nguyen, MD, and GSACS RAS Representative Brett Tracy, MD.
Participants in the Advocacy portion of the ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit came to Washington primarily to meet with lawmakers and congressional staff to educate them about key ACS legislative priorities that affect surgical patients, including ensuring an adequate surgical workforce in underserved areas; advancing childhood cancer research and surveillance and providing resources for pediatric cancer survivors; allocating funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health care coverage to uninsured children from low-income families; improving liability protections for trauma care providers; and providing greater flexibility for providers during implementation of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Save the Date
Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2018
May 19–22, 2018
Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC

Operation Giving Back

Operation Giving Back (OGB) is developing a new program that will focus on domestic volunteerism and the great work of ACS Fellows and organizations in the United States. OGB is working on creating an online database of domestic volunteer opportunities that can be accessed by ACS members. We encourage you to complete this short survey so that the ACS can best capture the breadth of domestic volunteerism that is happening across the country. Questions about the survey can be directed to Brittanie Wilczak, Program Administrator, Operation Giving Back, at or 312-202-5458.

Apply For Georgia H. A. Clowes Award
by August 1

The George H. A. Clowes, Jr., MD, FACS, Memorial Research Career Development Award is offered through the generosity of The Clowes Fund, Inc., of Indianapolis, IN. Its purpose is to provide support for the research of a promising young surgical investigator. The award consists of a stipend of $45,000 for each of five years and is not renewable thereafter. The full requirements for the George H.A. Clowes award are posted online and the closing date for receipt of completed applications and related documents is August 1. Questions and application materials should be submitted to the attention of the ACS Scholarships Administrator, Kate Early, at

Access New Surgeon and Resident Well-Being Resource

All U.S. Fellows and Associate Fellows in active practice and Residents and Fellows in training who are active, dues-paying members of the ACS are invited to use the Physician Well-Being Index. This validated screening tool provides an opportunity for you to better understand your overall well-being and identify areas of risk compared to physicians and residents across the nation. Visit the ACS Surgeon Well-Being page to learn more about the tool and how to access it, as well as review other helpful resources


2017 GSACS Membership
Jan 1-Dec 31, 2017

To join/renew click here.

Upcoming Events

2017 Day of Trauma & GSACS Annual Meeting
August 18-20, 2017
King & Prince Beach Resort
St. Simons Island, GA
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