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New ACS initiative will highlight the importance of education and training



To keep pace with rapidly evolving science, technology, knowledge, and techniques over the course of a long career, surgeons need a trusted partner to teach them what they need to know in the way they prefer to learn. The American College of Surgeons (ACS), well-positioned as a principal source of knowledge and skills, has more than a century of experience with testing and validating what works in surgical education and has access to top faculty and the latest technology.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) launched an initiative at Clinical Congress 2014 to help surgeons embrace the joy of learning and identify state-of-the-art, relevant, and inspiring education and training opportunities. Surgeons can partner with the ACS throughout their careers, starting with the earliest stages and continuing through years of practice.

The campaign’s messaging will focus on three key points:

•ACS Education and Training programs are the cornerstones of excellence in surgical patient care.

•ACS Education and Training programs transform possibilities into realities.

•ACS Education and Training programs instill the joy of lifelong learning.

The overarching aim of the campaign is to support the needs of individual surgeons across a lifetime of practice and to highlight the critical importance of ACS Education and Training to accomplish the following:

•Increase participation in College education programs and products

•Build awareness of ACS’ leadership and innovation in education

•Help surgeons make informed decisions about their investment in education and training

•Promote surgical care of the highest quality and patient safety

•Make it easier for surgeons to participate in the joy and rewards of lifelong learningTo capture how ACS Education and Training serve as cornerstones of excellence, and transform possibilities into realities, the College created an animated text video, available at To learn more about the ACS Education and Training opportunities, view the video, read the November 2014 issue of the Bulletin’s Looking Forward column at by ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and visit the ACS Education webpage at

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