Registration is open for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2015 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, April 18–21, at the JW Marriott, Washington, DC. This fourth annual Summit is a dual meeting that offers volunteer leaders and advocates educational sessions focused on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to congressional offices.
The 2015 Leadership Summit will commence the evening of April 18 with a Welcome Reception and continue the next morning with presentations on moving from transactional to transformational leadership, overcoming resistance to change, and conquering physician burnout. In addition, Michael Burke, JD, an attorney with Kalogredis, Sansweet, Dearden and Burke, Ltd, Wayne, PA, will discuss the key elements of a physician employment agreement. Over lunch, Summit attendees will meet in small groups by state/region to identify areas for unified efforts in the upcoming year.
The Advocacy Summit will begin the evening of Sunday, April 19, with a keynote address by General Stanley McChrystal on the tools for successful leadership. Monday, April 20, attendees will hear from speakers who will discuss the political environment in Washington, DC, and across the nation, and will provide information on the status of important health care issues. Monday’s program will include a luncheon sponsored by the ACS Professional Association’s political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC), featuring a talk by Washington Post political reporter Chris Cillizza. Monday evening, the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC will sponsor another event and a raffle. Tuesday morning, attendees will use what they have learned at the Summit during meetings with their senators and representative 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 the physician workforce.
For more information or to register for the 2015 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, go to the ACS website at https://www.facs.org/advocacy/participate/summit. Advance registration ends April 10, and the hotel reservation deadline is March 12. Rooms are going quickly, so make your reservations now.