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The American Surgical Association is now accepting abstracts for
their 140th Annual Meeting.

Please submit your abstracts today for consideration in the
2020 Annual Scientific Program.
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Deadline: Monday, November 25, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET
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ASA Announces New Exchange Program with
European Surgical Association

An Exchange Program will begin in 2020 between the American Surgical Association and the European Surgical Association (ESA). The purpose of the ASA-ESA Exchange Program is twofold:

  • To create an opportunity for members of each organization to network with members of the other; and
  • To share information about the respective organizations, including history and key papers.
The Exchange Program will consist of two members per year from the ASA who will attend the ESA Annual Meeting, and vice versa. Read more.

ASA Announces New Surgical Leaders
Fellowship Grant

As academic surgical associations, we have the opportunity to prepare future academic surgical leaders. In addition, the promotion of diversity in leadership is imperative. As such, the ASA has established an American Surgical Association Surgical Leaders Fellowship Grant (ASA SLF-Grant) in partnership with the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS), Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS), Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS), and the Society of University Surgeons (SUS). Participation in the ASA SLF-Grant Program provides Fellows with a shadowing experience of being a surgical leader and exposes them to the competencies and responsibilities unique to these positions. Participating Fellows will be able to identify gaps in their professional experience, knowledge, and skills, that, if bridged, will better prepare them for serving as a surgical leader in the role of a Department Chair, Center Director, CEO, or Dean. Each ASA Future Leader Fellowship consists of one-week visits to two academic institutions during the Fellowship year. Each visit must be with a different academic host and surgical leader. Host leaders must be ASA members who have volunteered to participate. The host must be currently serving as a Chair of a surgery department, Center Director, Dean, or CEO, or an equivalent position. Read more.

Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Surgeons and the discipline of surgery, particularly academic surgery, have a tradition of leadership both within medicine and within society. Currently, we are being challenged to harness our innate curiosity, hard work, and perseverance to address the historically significant deficiencies within our field in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Surgery needs to identify areas for improvement and work iteratively to address and correct past deficiencies. This requires honest and ongoing identification and correction of implicit and explicit biases. More diverse departments, residencies, and universities will improve our care, enhance our productivity, augment our community connections, and achieve our most fundamental ambition - doing good for our patients. A working group, the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, was formed at the time of the ASA's 2017 Annual Meeting, and charged with producing a work product to identify issues and hurdles and develop a set of solutions and benchmarks to aid the academic surgical community in achieving these goals. This "living document," Ensuring Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Academic Surgery, is now available online. Read more.

Global Surgery Task Force

There is an unacceptably high burden of death and disability from conditions that are treatable by surgery, worldwide and especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The major actions to improve this situation need to be taken by the surgical communities, institutions, and governments of the LMICs. However, the United States (US) surgical community, including the US academic surgical community, have important roles to play in addressing this problem. The American Surgical Association convened a Working Group to address how US academic surgery can most effectively decrease the burden from surgically treatable conditions in LMICs. Its consensus statement, "Global Surgery: Effective Involvement of US Academic Surgery," is now available in the Annals of Surgery. Read more.


ASA/ACS 2019 Health Policy and Management Scholarship Available
The American College of Surgeons and the American Surgical Association are offering an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The course takes place June 2-8, 2019. The award is in the amount of $8,000, to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course.
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2021 Membership Cycle
The 2021 membership application cycle is now open. Please note that the timeline from completion of application to election at the 2021 Annual Meeting is at minimum 13 months long.
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