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Registration opens for 2016 Leadership & Advocacy Summit



Registration is now open for the fifth annual American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2016 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, April 9–12, at the JW Marriott, Washington, DC. The Summit is a dual meeting that offers volunteer leaders and advocates educational sessions fon effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to congressional offices.

The 2016 Leadership Summit

( will commence the evening of Saturday, April 9, with a Welcome Reception and continue the morning of April 12 with presentations on conflict management, managing difficult or “courageous” conversations, and emotional intelligence. In addition, Adil Haider, MD, MPH, FACS, director, Kessler Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH), a joint initiative of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, will discuss unconscious bias and cultural competency in surgical care. During lunch, attendees will meet in small groups by state/region to identify areas for unified efforts in the upcoming year.

The Advocacy Summit will begin the evening of Sunday, April 10, with a keynote address by MSNBC Hardball host, Chris Matthews, who is also a frequent commentator and expert analyst on NBC’s TODAY Show. Monday, April 11, attendees will hear from speakers examining the political environment in Washington, DC, and across the nation, and vital health care issues.

Tuesday morning, attendees will use the knowledge gathered at the Summit when they meet with their senators and representative and/or congressional staff. Tuesday’s meetings provide an opportunity to rally surgery’s collective grassroots advocacy voice on vital issues.

For more information or to register for the 2016 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, go to the ACS website. ( ) The conference hotel reservation deadline is Friday, March 4.

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