Registration is now open for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2015 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, April 18–21, at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. The annual Summit is a dual meeting that offers ACS members, volunteer leaders, and advocates comprehensive and specialized educational sessions focused on effective surgeon leadership as well as interactive advocacy training and coordinated visits to congressional offices. The fourth annual Summit will begin with a reception Saturday, April 18.
The Leadership Summit, which convenes April 19, will examine the skills required of surgeon leaders and feature specialized educational sessions with expert speakers who will describe the tools needed for effective leadership at all career levels. Chapter success stories and breakout sessions to identify strategies for development and enhancement of ACS chapters also are planned.
The Advocacy Summit will commence that evening. Retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal will serve as the keynote speaker at the dinner meeting and will provide insights into successful leadership. On Monday, April 20, speakers will discuss the political environment in Washington, DC, and across the country, as well as the status of health care issues. Monday also will feature a luncheon sponsored by the ACS Professional Association political action committee (ACSPA- SurgeonsPAC), including a talk by Washington Post political reporter Chris Cillizza. Monday evening, the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC will host a fundraising event and raffle.
On Tuesday morning, attendees will apply what they have learned at the Summit in face-to-face meetings with their senators and representatives and/or congressional staff. This portion of the program provides an opportunity to rally surgery’s collective grassroots advocacy voice on such issues as physician payment, professional liability, and physician workforce issues.For more information or to register for the 2015 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, go to the ACS website at www.facs.org/advocacy/ participate/summit. The hotel reservation deadline is March 12.