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New Fellows To Be Conferred at Clinical Congress Convocation Ceremony



The Convocation Ceremony on Sunday, October 16, which officially will open the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2016, confers Fellowship upon surgeons who meet ACS requirements and provide optimal care to their patients. ACS Officers will be installed at the ceremony, and 2016−2017 ACS President Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, will deliver the Presidential Address. The ceremony also will include recognition of the Honorary Fellows as well as presentation of the Distinguished Service Award, the Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award, and the Scientific Forum Award. In addition, this year’s Convocation Ceremony will recognize the 25- and 50-year Initiate classes from 1966 and 1991. The first Convocation Ceremony took place on November 13, 1913, at the Congress Hotel in Chicago, IL. The inaugural class of 1,059 surgeons represented the U.S. and Canada and included 6 female surgeons. Clinical Congress participants are encouraged to attend this year’s ceremony to welcome the 2016 class of 1,823 Initiates. Visit the ACS website at for more information on the ceremony and additional benefits that new initiates will receive.

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