Canceled due to the ACS Clinical Congress | Monthly Work-In-Progress Session
Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

ACS Clinical Congress 2020: A Virtual Stage for Virtually Limitless Opportunities

Join us October 3–7, 2020, for the first-ever fully virtual Clinical Congress. With both live and on-demand sessions, the conference will offer the finest surgical education for medical professionals across all specialties.

This year’s conference embraces a digital approach that will unlock new opportunities for surgeons everywhere. Today, the medical community—and the world—faces many unique challenges, and Clinical Congress 2020 will help equip you with the tools and educational content you need to grow, develop, and find success no matter what stage you’re at in your career

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Surgical Advancement Starts Here!

MyCMEImmerse yourself in a wide variety of educational sessions that define optimal surgical practices and cover innovative and trending topics in surgery today. Learn directly from the world’s premiere surgeons and leading experts about extraordinary cases, robotic-assisted surgery, opioid-sparing pain management, global health competencies, disaster preparedness, new surgical techniques and procedures, and more! Plus, take advantage of an array of essential topics, including surgical quality improvement, patient safety, health care advocacy, and reimbursement.

Access virtually limitless educational opportunities and earn more than 220 Continuing Medical Education Credits for FREE!

Access essential educational content and training to enrich yourself with the critical knowledge and skills needed to achieve the best possible outcomes for your patients. Clinical Congress 2020 offers a unique opportunity to claim more than 220 CME Credits and meet your state-specific requirements (Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates) and requirements for American College of Surgeons Accreditation/Verification Programs for FREE. Credits can be claimed both during the meeting and for a limited time when viewing the sessions after the conference is over. Content will remain online until the end of 2020.

Learn more about Accreditation and AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Explore the Virtual Exhibit Hall

ACS CentralOur Virtual Exhibit Hall will offer Clinical Congress attendees access to surgical products and services from prominent medical partners and companies.

As part of the Virtual Exhibit Hall, you can visit ACS Central any time during the conference to chat live with staff, learn about ACS products and programs, and purchase ACS-developed publications and branded items.

Register today and experience Clinical Congress like you never have before—virtually and FREE!

Contact Us

For information and questions about the Clinical Congress program, please contact clinicalcongress@facs.org. For questions about registration, please contact registration@facs.org.

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Meeting (ASCRS) Annual Meeting Abstract Deadline
Oct 11 all-day


Call for Abstracts

2021 Call for Abstracts is Now Open

Submission Deadline
Sunday, October 11 at 11:59 pm CST.

Abstracts submitted for the ASCRS Annual Meeting are peer-reviewed and scored on scientific merit, originality and relevance to the field of colorectal surgery.



Presentation Formats

  • Oral, Quick Shot or ePoster: Abstracts submitted to this category will be competitively evaluated by the Program Committee for presentation in the oral, quick shot or ePoster format. Presentations selected will be eligible for annual awards including best overall, basic science or clinical paper presented from the podium or as an ePoster.
  • Oral Only: Abstracts submitted to this category will be competitively evaluated by the Program Committee for presentation in the oral format ONLY (Podium and Quick Shot). Abstracts will NOT be considered for ePoster presentation. Presentations selected will be eligible for annual awards including best overall, basic science or clinical paper presented from the podium.
  • ePoster Only: Abstracts submitted to this category will be evaluated for ePoster presentation only. Presentations selected will be eligible for best basic science or clinical e-poster.
  • Video: Abstracts submitted to this category will be competitively evaluated by the Video-Based Education Committee for presentation during the video abstract symposium and the Ongoing Video Room. Videos selected will be eligible for the best video award.
  • Case Study: Abstracts submitted to this category will be evaluated for ePoster presentation only.
  • Research Forum: Abstracts submitted to this category will be competitively evaluated by the Young Researchers Committee for oral presentation during the Research Forum. This session highlights developing areas of research that have clinical relevance for the care of patients with colorectal diseases. Presentations selected will be eligible for the Research in Progress award. If not accepted for Oral presentation the abstract will be considered for ePoster presentation.
  • New Technology: Abstracts submitted to this category will be competitively evaluated by the Program Committee in conjunction with the New Technologies Committee for oral presentation during the New Technology Symposium. This symposium highlights the development, integration, evaluation and dissemination of new technology in the practice of colon and rectal surgery. If not accepted for Oral presentation the abstract will be considered for e-poster presentation.

*** Abstracts submitted by General Surgery Residents will be considered for the General Surgery Forum and other oral abstract sessions. The General Surgery Forum highlights work completed by General Surgery residents and is aimed at increasing experience and participation at the ASCRS annual meeting.



  • Benign Anorectal: Hemorrhoids, Anal fissure, Abscess, Fistula, Rectovaginal fistula, Anal Stricture, Pilonidal disease, Pruritis ani, Sexually transmitted infections (excluding HPV)
  • Basic and Translational Science: Projects aimed at the fundamental understanding of Colorectal Disease development and treatment
  • Benign Abdominal: Diverticular disease, Large bowel obstruction, Volvulus, Lower gastrointestinal bleeding, Endometriosis, Trauma, Intestinal stomas, Colitis (infectious, ischemic, microscopic, radiation induced and C. difficile related), Anastomotic issues
  • Education, Assessment and Practice Management: Patient education, Physician education (medical student, resident, fellow, and in-practice), Technical skills assessment, and Practice management, Maintenance of certification
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Inflammatory bowel disease, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Anorectal Crohn’s disease, Ileal pouch anal anastomosis
  • Colon and Rectal Cancer: Adenocarcinoma of the colon and rectum, Neoadjuvant treatment, Watch and wait, Adjuvant therapy, Functional outcomes, Low anterior resection syndrome, Local Recurrence, Transanal excision
  • Other Neoplasia: Anal cancer, Anal dysplasia, Condyloma, HPV infection, Colon polyps, Colonoscopy, Advanced Polypectomy techniques, Neuroendocrine tumors, Polyposis syndromes, Presacral tumors, Appendiceal Neoplasms, Carcinoid, GIST, Lymphoma
  • Pelvic Floor: Anal pain, Fecal incontinence, Constipation, Obstructed defecation, Rectal prolapse, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, Functional Bowel Disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Quality and Cost: Enhanced recovery after surgery, Administrative databases, Clinical registries, Observational studies, Health care economics, Quality and safety issues, Ethical Considerations

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the Annual Meeting, its innovative technology and the most

up-to-date research in the field. Submit your abstract today!

Submission Deadline
Sunday, October 11 at 11:59 pm CST.

If you have questions regarding abstract submissions please contact us at ascrs@fascrs.org or 847-607-6410.

Weekly Work-In-Progress Session
Oct 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Work-In-Progress Session

Presented by: Laura A. Graham, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
Stanford-Surgery Policy Improvement Research and Education Center
Dept. of Surgery
Stanford University, School of Medicine

Talk title: “A Primer to VA Data”

For dial-in instructions, please contact Ana Mezynski at mezynski@stanford.edu

ZOOM | Weekly Work-In-Progress Session
Oct 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Presented by:
Alex Sox-Harris, PhD, Associate Professor
S-SPIRE Center


Todd Wagner, PhD, Associate Professor
S-SPIRE Center

Talk Title: “VA’s Efforts to Purchase More Surgical Care: Effects on Costs, Quality and Access”

For dial-in instructions, please contact Ana Mezynski at mezynski@stanford.edu



ZOOM | Weekly Work-In-Progress Session
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Marzena Sasnal, PhD
Social Science Research Professional, S-SPIRE Center
Department of Surgery
Stanford University

Talk Title: “Feasibility and Acceptability of Coaching Residents on Teleneurology Communication Skills”

For dial-in instructions, please contact Ana Mezynski at mezynski@stanford.edu

22nd Annual Fogarty Lecture
Oct 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The 22nd Annual Thomas J. Fogarty, MD Lecture: Focus on Innovation

Friday, October 30, 2020 | 4pm
LKSC – Berg Hall | Stanford University

Featuring Julio C. Palmaz, MD, radiologist, honorary Ashbel Smith Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, inventor, entrepreneur, and vintner.
The Fogarty lectureship was established to bring together a diverse community in Silicon Valley focusing on leaders in discovery, invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. This event is sponsored by Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, Fogarty Institute for Innovation and Stanford Department of Surgery. Watch this space for more information.

Register here.

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons 2021 Annual Meeting Abstract Submission Deadline
Nov 2 all-day

Welcome to the online abstract submission site for the 2021 American Association of Endocrine Surgeons Annual Meeting

The AAES 2021 Annual Meeting will be held
April 24-26, 2021
Westin-Sheraton Hotel and Jefferson-Birmingham Convention Complex
Birmingham, AL, USA

Monday, November 2, 2020, 11:59 PM PST

Important Reminders

  • Given the evolving circumstances of the pandemic and potential travel restrictions, a virtual option will be provided to all accepted abstracts. Ability to travel to the meeting will not be a prerequisite for consideration.
  • Only original research will be considered (must not be previously presented or published).
  • There is a 350-word limit for abstracts.
  • NO GRAPHICS OR TABLES will be accepted with abstract submission.
  • The abstract copy MUST include the following: Background, Method, Results, Conclusion.
  • NO reference to the authors or the institution should appear within the body of the abstract or in the title.
  • Interesting Case Submission will open after abstract submission has been closed. Please do not submit case reports.
  • Quickshot Abstracts: These will be brief oral presentations about your poster, given from the podium. If your poster submission is accepted for a quickshot presentation, you may be invited but not required to submit a manuscript to be considered for publication with our annual issue in Surgery. Quickshots will be the highest scored abstracts that are not chosen (or excluded from by the authors) for regular oral presentations. Quickshot presentations will be 5 minutes in length, followed by 2 minutes for questions.


All submitters MUST create a new account to submit an abstract. (the link to create a new account is to the left of the login box).

NOTE: All content authors are required to disclose any financial relationship(s) with an ACCME-defined commercial interest (“industry”). Also, no content author may be an employee of a commercial interest.

ZOOM | Monthly Work-In-Progress Session
Nov 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Presented by:
Kristen Davis, MPH, Social Science Researcher
S-SPIRE Center

Title: “NIH Grant Updates”

For dial-in instructions, please contact Ana Mezynski at mezynski@stanford.edu

ZOOM | Weekly Work-In-Progress Session
Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Work In Progress Session

Kirbi Yelorda, MD, General Surgery Resident
Title: “Relationship Between High Deductible Health Plans and Emergency Hernia Operations”

For dial-in instructions, please email Ana Mezynski at mezynski@stanford.edu

SAGES 2021 Annual Meeting Abstract Submission Deadline
Nov 13 all-day



SAGES 2021 Annual Meeting

Postponed to June 15-18, 2021
MGM Grand
Las Vegas, NV


Submit Your Abstract Now

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 11:59 PM PDT

Abstract Submission Supporting Document:

Manual for Abstract Submission Site»
Video Preparation Instructions»
Abstract Guidelines»

You are invited to submit paper and video abstracts to the SAGES 2021 Scientific Session.

The program will consist of oral presentations, video presentations, and poster presentations. The program committee will be responsible for selecting the length of the oral and video presentations.

There is a 400 word limit for written abstract submissions and a 100 word limit for video abstract submissions. No reference to the authors or the institution should appear within the body of the abstract or in the abstract title.

SAGES will be accepting online submissions for oral, video or poster presentation. Topics include:

  • Acute Care
  • Bariatric
  • Biliary
  • Colorectal
  • COVID-19
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Education/Simulation
  • Flexible Endoscopy
  • Foregut
  • Hernia
  • Leadership & Professional Development
  • Liver
  • Miscellaneous/Other
  • New Technologies/Techniques
  • Pancreas
  • Quality Improvement/Health System Outcomes
  • Robotics/Advanced Technologies
Important Notice: The following Abstract Submission Policies will be firmly enforced:
    • Previously Presented Abstracts: No abstracts may be submitted that have been previously presented at a regional (Central Surgical, Southwest Surgical, etc.), national, or international meeting. Abstracts that have been presented locally (state ACS chapter meeting, institutional or departmental research day for example) will be considered. If the abstract has been previously presented locally, where and when it was presented must be disclosed during the abstract submission process
    • No Previously Published Submissions: The abstract submitted must present original work that has not and will not be published prior to the SAGES 2021 Scientific Session.
      • Exception To The Rule: If your abstract was accepted for SAGES 2020 but was NOT presented at SAGES 2020, you are permitted to submit the abstract for consideration for presentation at SAGES 2021. If the associated manuscript was submitted to Surgical Endoscopy, or the associated manuscript already has been published in Surgical Endoscopy, you may still submit your abstract for consideration for presentation at SAGES 2021 as long as it will not have been presented anywhere prior to SAGES 2021, but you may not submit the same manuscript for additional publication.
    • No Dual Submissions: The abstract must not be submitted to any other upcoming regional, national, or international meeting.
    • No Previously Presented Data: All abstracts must be new and original content OR include at least 50% new data if previously presented at a meeting (unless presented locally as described above).
    • There is no limit to the number of abstracts you may submit, but you may not submit a video abstract and a written abstract on the same study/data set. You must select either a written abstract submission or a video abstract submission.
    • Manuscript Submission: Accepted Oral Abstract Presenters must submit a complete manuscript to Surgical Endoscopy (unless your manuscript was submitted to Surgical Endoscopy as part of an unpresented SAGES 2020 presentation).

Written Abstract Submissions

    • The word limit for written abstract submissions is 400-words (not including title and authors).
    • Images are allowed with abstract submissions. Images must be no larger than 1MB in file size, and no larger than 900 pixels wide by 900 pixels high.
    • Tables may be included in the abstract submission but will go against the abstract’s 400-word limit.
    • Videos may not be submitted with a written abstract

Video Abstract Submissions

  • The Maximum length for submitted videos is Seven (7) Minutes. SAGES is not accepting 3D Video submissions. If your video is accepted for presentation at the 2021 SAGES meeting, you will be required to bring a final copy of your video with you to the meeting.
  • A short (100-word maximum) written description of your video should be included when submitting your video abstract.
  • Images and tables should not be included in the short written description when submitting a video abstract.
  • Videos must have narration in English. Without narration, it will not be considered.
  • Videos may not include advertisement or promotion of products.
  • DO NOT include any music and DO NOT include any video clips or other materials/media copyrighted by any entity other than yourself

SAGES Emerging Technology Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions for SAGES’s Emerging Technology Session will be opening in February 2021. More information is available at:

Resident and Fellow Training Committee Contest and Awards

The Resident and Fellow Training Committee (RAFT) offers two awards for outstanding abstracts presented by Surgical Residents and Fellows at the SAGES 2021 Annual Meeting. The purpose of these awards is to encourage the development of clinical and research-oriented work in the field of general surgery.

To qualify for these awards, the abstract presenter must be enrolled in a qualified residency or fellowship program. During the abstract submission process you must fill out the anticipated Residency/Fellowship completion date and you must send proof of enrollment to the SAGES office via email (Indicate the name of the Resident/Fellow and the title(s) of the abstracts being submitted). Proof of enrollment must be emailed to abstracts@sages.org. by December 1, 2020. Abstracts that do not include the anticipated Residency/Fellowship completion date during the time of submission and do not submit proof of enrollment will not be considered for these awards.

SAGES Policy on Employees of Commercial Interests

The ACCME states that an employee/owner of a commercial interest may not serve as a planner or speaker for an accredited CME activity when the topic to be discussed is relevant to the products or services of the company. Therefore, the SAGES Conflict of Interest Committee (CIC) declares that no employees/owners of a commercial interest may present in SAGES CME accredited activities. This policy is applicable to invited faculty, abstract presenters, and poster authors (if posters are approved for CME). Individuals who serve on a commercial interest’s Board and who receive a salary will be considered an employee.

It is the general expectation of ACCME that commercial interest employees/owners may not be involved in the content of accredited education. However, if the products and business lines are in no way related to the content of your abstract, SAGES may consider an individual exception at its discretion. Please contact erin@sages.org. to request an exception.

If a faculty/presenter indicates they serve on an Advisory Board of a commercial interest but are not salaried, or if they have equity interest but are not salaried, then they will not be considered an employee but their presentation must be peer reviewed.

If a non-presenting author is an employee, then the presenting author may elect to remove that author or participate in a non-CME activity such as the Emerging Technology session.

If you have any questions, please contact the SAGES office at 310-437-0544 (ext. 118) or email: abstracts@sages.org.


Adnan Alseidi, MD, EdM, Program Co-Chair
Dana Telem, MD, MPH, Program Co-Chair

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