As a surgeon practicing in Indiana, why should you join the state ACS Chapter?
The American College of Surgeons exerts its influence at the community level through its local chapters. Some of the benefits promoted by the ACS that are generalizable to all Chapters include offering a medium through which surgical experiences may be presented and discussed, providing a common ground for specialties in various branches of surgery to communicate with each other, and creating a forum through which young surgeons, who have not yet gained membership in more limited surgical societies, can share their thoughts and experiences with more established surgeons. Additionally at the Chapter level, Fellows can work together with other state groups and professionals that are concerned with the socioeconomic and legislative aspects of health care within their communities.
The following are reasons for joining our Indiana Chapter of the ACS
1) By becoming a member of the Chapter you are showing your support of the goals of the American College of Surgeons at the local level.
2) Our Chapter is governed by a Council composed of 15 Councilors from throughout the state allowing urban and rural surgeons to be represented. Get to know the Councilors
from your area to let your voice be heard.
3) We are represented at the national level by three Governors
of the College who all sit on our Chapter Council.
4) Our Chapter continues to make state and federal advocacy a top priority.
On February 12, 2019 the Chapter will hold its Eighth Annual 'Day at the Capitol'
event providing members with an opportunity to meet their legislators at the State Capitol. The Indiana Chapter has annually been awarded a grant from the ACS to promote this event as an opportunity for members to take relevant issues to their legislators.
Each spring the Indiana Chapter sends several members and residents to the annual ACS Leadership Conference and Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., to meet with national legislators on behalf of surgeons.
5) Our Chapter leadership maintains relationships with other state medical organizations so common issues facing surgeons and other medical practitioners in the state can be discussed.
6) Our Chapter, in cooperation with the IU Department of Surgery, offers two dinner meetings per year with guest visiting professors. In February, we have the Jesseph Lecture
, and in November, the Moore Lecture. These meetings are great opportunities to network with your peers.
7) Our Chapter offers an Annual Scientific meeting that usually offers 8-10 hours of CME credit. The 66th Annual Meeting will take place April 13, 2019 in Carmel, Indiana.
We invite you to participate in any of these activities or volunteer for the Chapter Council.