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Apply by July 10 for ACS Residents Leading Quality Course


Surgical residents and fellows should plan to attend the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Residents Leading Quality course, a two-day program in quality improvement (QI). The course will take place 12:00 noon–5:00 pm, July 20, and 8:00 am–12:00 noon, July 21, immediately preceding the official start of the inaugural ACS Quality and Safety Conference 2017 in New York, NY.

Course participants will be introduced to the basics of QI, including the identification of a problem, data review, QI models and techniques, and patient and provider engagement strategies. National experts will discuss overcoming barriers and provide advice on careers in QI. The course will use practical case-based scenarios for initiating QI in a surgical practice or hospital.

The course information will prepare participants to return to their institutions ready to engage in quality and safety practices, share ideas with faculty and co-trainees, and disseminate new tools and strategies in compliance with modern recommendations from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Residency Review Committee, and the American Board of Surgery.

Seating is limited. To be considered for enrollment, e-mail course staff at by July 10 with your full name, credentials, institution, and surgical specialty. Describe in 75 words or less any relevant QI experience or aspirations. The course fee is $175 for Resident Members and $250 for non-member residents. (Apply to become a Resident Member of the College at

Attendees will be expected to review pre-course materials, and attendee feedback will be used for subsequent course development. A certificate of attendance will be issued upon completion of the program.

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