North Carolina Chapter of the
American College of Surgeons

North Carolina Chapter E-News May 2017

NC/SC Chapters ACS Joint Annual Meeting

Registration is now open!

Register for the 2017 NC/SC Chapters ACS Joint Annual Meeting. Registration closes on July 11, 2017.
To register, click here.
Click here to see the comprehensive agenda planned for the weekend.
Reserve your hotel room by Monday, June 26, 2017 to take advantage of the meeting rate of $215 per night. You can reserve your room by calling in or online. Click here for additional details. Room rate is $215
Trauma/Acute Care Surgery Resident Paper Competition
Deadline for this competition only is June 23, 2017 @ 11:59pm
Presentation date is July 14, 2017.
To submit an abstract, click here.
For additional information, click here.
Please contact Janna Pecquet, NC-ACS Meeting and Events Coordinator, at or 504-841-0145.

2017 ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit

At the ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit recently held in Washington DC, NC-ACS was well represented with 16 attendees and a presentation by Melina R. Kibbe, MD, FACS, FAHA, Chair of the Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina School of Medicine. 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.

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).Many of the presentations from the Summit can be accessed online. Click here for the presentations.

Save the Date
Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2018
May 19–22, 2018
Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC
NC-ACS President Danielle Walsh, MD, FACS, FAAP and Brett Starr, MD, NC-ACS Resident Representative led the team on Capitol Hill.

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 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.

Upcoming Events

2017 NC-ACS Annual Meeting
July 14 - July 16

Clinical Congress 2017
October 22 - October 26

2017 Membership Application - Join Today!
It's time to pay your NC-ACS dues!

Your management team is at your service, so don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance!
Wanda McKnight, CAE
Chapter Administrator
Kathryn Browning
Advocacy & Communications
Janna Pecquet
Meeting & Events Coordinator

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