Projects that Impact You and Your Patients
The DC Chapter is actively engaged in a wide variety of projects which impact the practice of surgery in the Metropolitan Washington area, including DC, Northern Virginia, and South Central Maryland. Its interest in the practice of quality surgery in hospitals, large and small, University and non-University affiliated alike, in surgical training programs, in surveys showing both patterns and trends of surgical management, has been persistent and realistic.
All Surgeons Day
All Surgeons Day is the Chapter's annual scientific and educational meeting for Fellows of the College and interested non-Fellow physicians in the Metropolitan Washington area. The purpose of the one-day meeting is to offer current information about the art and science of surgery in order to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve care for the surgical patient.
To accomplish its purpose, All Surgeons Day offers a varied continuing medical education (CME) program in all surgical specialties with special emphasis placed on new technology and emerging issues. Analysis of their associated applications and complications is prominent. Sessions are designed to draw on expertise from various specialties and to meet the need for exchange of information and cooperation among the specialties.
All Surgeons Day is the location of the chapter's annual business meeting breakfast. During this portion of the program, the Chapter elects its incoming Council and presents its unique awards.
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Harry B. Zehner, Jr., Memorial Traveling Fellowship Award
The DC Chapter established the Zehner Memorial Traveling Fellowship to honor the late Dr. Harry B. Zehner, Jr., a founder and prime advocate of the Chapter. The award is presented annually during All Surgeons Day to an outstanding local surgical or surgical specialty resident who has been successfully nominated by his or her training director. The award of $1,500 must be used to visit another residency program chosen by the selected candidate in order to exchange ideas and observe surgical techniques in the resident's field. It may also be used to attend a postgraduate training program at another facility, as approved by the training director.
Candidates for this award must be: at least third-year general surgery or surgical specialty residents in an approved program in the DC area; members of the College's Resident-Associate Society (RAS); and nominated by their training directors, who will assist them in arranging their traveling fellowship.
LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., Award
The LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., Award was established to honor the achievements of Dr. Leffall, one of the nation's finest surgeons. The award is presented regularly, but not necessarily annually, to an active or senior member of the Chapter who best exemplifies the characteristics and achievements Dr. Leffall has shared with this community and with the College throughout his career.
The Chapter sponsors an optional black-tie dinner each fall. This event is a great opportunity to network and to hear the views of prominent guest speakers while enjoying a great meal.
All City Grand Rounds
In May and September of each year, the Chapter's Young Surgeons Committee presents All City Grand Rounds. Modeled on the Grand Rounds format of local surgical training programs, this venue allows surgical residents to share with their colleagues interesting or unusual cases. CME credit is granted to attendees, and all training programs are asked to have attendance at this event serve in lieu of their Grand Rounds that week.
Basic Science Review Course
This course, coordinated by the Young Surgeons Committee, is designed to help surgical residents refresh their knowledge of basic science before they take the annual In Training Service Basic Science Examination. This one-day program features lectures on specific surgical systems by prominent practicing surgeons in the area, as well as clinical roundtable discussions. Attendance at the course is limited to residents who are members of the College's Resident-Associate Society (RAS).
Advanced Operative Strategies Course
Yet another Young Surgeons Committee project, the Advanced Operative Strategies Course is presented once a year to help chief surgical residents become more comfortable with advanced operations, such as the Whipple procedure. The course features brief didactic sessions and extensive cadaver dissections led by experts on specific surgical procedures.
DC Chapter has opportunities available for members interested in serving on one of its committees or on the Council or Executive Committee.
The following committees are available:
- Trauma Committee
- Cancer Committee
- Program Committee
- Leffall Award Committee
- Zehner Award Selection Committee
- Membership Committee
- Bylaws Committee
- Nominating Committee
- Young Surgeons Committee
- Surgical Residents’ Competitive Forum Committee
One of the incredible opportunities belonging to DC Chapter fellows is the ability to interact with colleagues from the same geographic area. Some the DC Chapter and ACS opportunities to network include Council meetings, Clinical Congress, All Surgeons Day, online collaboration, and committee meetings.
Membership in the DC Chapter enables members to receive discounts to DC Chapter activities, events, and services.
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