Fellows and friends of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) have the opportunity throughout the ACS Centennial year to support the ACS Foundation and help guarantee a vital future for surgical quality and lifelong learning. The 1913 Legacy Campaign, which began in April of this year, is raising transformative gifts for the College’s second century. Philanthropic investments within three priority campaign initiatives will benefit the Surgeon, the Profession, and the Societal Good and will help shape the ACS during the next 100 years. These pillars of investment will sustain meritorious programs and support newly established initiatives:
Investments in the development of innovative programs to advance simulation-based surgical education and training as well as funding to better engage and embrace international surgeons.
Promoting best practices and quality improvements through the newly established Codman Quality and Safety Fund and programs for rural surgery and surgical ethics. The fund is named in honor of Ernest A. Codman, MD, FACS, a key figure in the founding of the College who advocated for the "End Result Idea" – the premise that hospital staff should follow every patient long enough to determine whether the treatment was successful and then learn from failures.
The Societal Good
New funding opportunities for patient education programs and support for surgical volunteerism.
Details will be announced at the 2013 Clinical Congress. For more information, contact Sarah Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org.