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Register now for Clinical Congress offerings in patient safety and disaster readiness


This year’s American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress, October 6–10, in Washington, DC, will include new Skills-Oriented and Didactic Postgraduate Courses and Panel Sessions on patient safety and casualty preparation and response.

Patient safety

Attendees may receive continuing medical education credit in patient safety for attending multiple courses and sessions, including:

PS100: Acute Cholecystitis: What to Do When the Patient Is Too Sick?

PS107: Complicated Diverticulitis: To Resect or Not?

PS121: Bleeding Ulcer: Endoscopy Suite, Interventional Radiology, or Operating Room?

PS200: Severe Acute Pancreatitis: Evolving Management Strategies

PS208: A Wild Night on Acute Care Surgery Call: Challenging Cases, Great Lessons

PS215: Acute Appendicitis: Operate Now, Wait until the Morning, or Treat with Antibiotics? Review of the Evidence

PS222: Managing Emergencies in Crohn’s Disease

PS229: Intestinal Stomas: Prevention and Management of Complications

PS301: Colorectal Emergencies for Noncolorectal Surgeons

PS306: Anastomotic Leak: Prevention and Management

PS312: Bariatric Surgical Complications: I Don’t Do Bariatric Surgery—But You Are the Only Surgeon on Call!

PS319: Quality Colorectal Cancer Care: What You Should Know

PS325: Help! I Can’t Close the Abdomen: Now What?

PS400: Ten Hot Topics in General Surgery

SC01: Humanitarian Surgery: Surgical Skills Training for the International Volunteer Surgeon

SC02: Bedside Procedures in the Surgical ICU: What, Why, and How

SC10: Measure Twice, Cut Once! Optimizing Surgical Systems of Care

SC13: Emergency Airways

SC14: Advanced Skills Training for Rural Surgeons: Laparoscopic Common Bile Duct Exploration and Anesthesia in Rural Practice

PG22: Robotic Surgery for Gastrointestinal Operations: Program Planning, Approaches, and Applications

PG27: Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons in the Operating Room: Behaviors in High-Performing Teams

Attendance at Postgraduate Didactic and Skills-Oriented courses requires additional enrollment to the standard Clinical Congress registration.

Mass-casualty preparation and response

Two new Panel Sessions at the 2013 ACS Clinical Congress will explore proper emergency responses that boost the possibility of human survival during mass-casualty events. Panel speakers at these sessions will share firsthand experiences and provide lessons learned, in addition to practical strategies on how to coordinate with federal and local agencies when responding to crisis situations.

PS331: Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing

Wednesday, October 9, 8:00–9:30 am

Moderator: Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS, ACS Regent

Co-Moderator: Michael F. Rotondo, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS Committee on Trauma

Participants will discuss the lessons learned from the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, a civilian mass-casualty event.

The exercises that preceded the event and the ACS Committee on Trauma’s certification of five adult and one pediatric Level 1 trauma centers in Boston helped save the lives of all the victims who were transported to hospitals.

PS310: Mass-Casualty Shootings: Saving the Patients

Wednesday, October 9, 9:45–11:15 am

Moderator: Lenworth M. Jacobs, MD, FACS, ACS Regent

Co-Moderator: Michael F. Rotondo, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS Committee on Trauma

The ACS has partnered with numerous organizations, including the FBI, local police and fire departments, and emergency prehospital management, to prepare a document that will encourage cooperation among all agencies involved in managing mass-casualty events. A panel of representatives from these groups will provide practical strategies for attendees to apply in their communities.

Admission to Panel Sessions is included with each paid Clinical Congress registration. For more information on the scientific sessions at the ACS 2013 Clinical Congress and to register, view the ACS Clinical Congress Web page at

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