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2016 Leadership Summit Focuses on Communication and Team Building



The American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted the fifth annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit, April 9–12, at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. More than 445 College leaders, residents, and medical students participated in the Leadership portion of the Summit, which featured a full day of sessions on effective leadership building communication and strategic thinking skills for effective leadership in and out of the operating room. The Leadership Summit also provided attendees with ample networking opportunities.

The Leadership Summit began with a well-attended Welcome Reception on Saturday evening. Sunday’s program featured nine presentations on such topics as preparing for difficult conversations, best practices for social networking, improving team emotional intelligence, leading teams through conflict situations, and sharpening strategic thinking skills. Leaders from the Georgia, North Texas, and West Virginia Chapters of the ACS presented their chapter’s success stories from the past year. Leadership Summit attendees also convened over lunch by state/region to identify new areas for collaboration in the coming year.

Details regarding the Leadership Summit will be published in the July Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons at The sixth annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit will take place May 6−9, 2017 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. For more information on the Leadership Summit, contact Donna Tieberg, ACS International Chapter Services Manager, at

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