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Register Now for 2016 Leadership & Advocacy Summit



Register today for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2016 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, April 9-12, at the J.W. Marriott, Washington, DC. This dual meeting offers volunteer leaders and advocates educational sessions focused on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to congressional offices.

The 2016 Leadership Summit will commence Saturday, April 9, with an evening Welcome Reception, followed the next day by presentations on strategic thinking, the latest on social media for surgeons, building better team communication, improving emotional intelligence, and leading through team conflict, among other topics. Find more information about the Leadership Summit at Summit attendees will also meet over lunch in small groups organized by state/region to identify areas for unified efforts in the upcoming year. The Leadership Summit preliminary agenda is available at

The Advocacy Summit will kick off the evening of April 10 with a dinner featuring political pundit and MSNBC Hardball host and Today Show commentator Chris Matthews. The next day, a number of speakers will discuss the political environment in Washington, DC, and provide updates on important health care issues. Monday’s program will include a luncheon sponsored by the ACS Professional Association’s political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC), featuring Larry J. Sabato, PhD, election analyst and author; professor of politics, University of Virginia Center for Politics, Charlottesville. Participants will use the lessons learned at the Advocacy Summit in meetings with their senators and representatives and/or congressional staff on Tuesday. Find more information on the Advocacy Summit at

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