The quality of clinical and basic scientific presentations at our annual meeting highlights the significant contributions of our members in advancing our field. The Chapter presents awards for best oral and poster presentations at the annual meeting. The Basic Science Oral Presentation award is now named in memory of Dr. Joseph Murray, who performed the first successful organ transplant and received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990. An annual meeting highlight is the TOP GUN contest where all 10 residencies from the Commonwealth compete against each other in a simulated surgical procedure.
Membership provides the opportunity to serve on the Chapterís Council and Committees. From there you may advance to national leadership positions in the American College of Surgeons, including the Board of Governors and the Board of Regents. Many past ACS Presidents have been long term members of the Chapter. The Chapter also supports a representative to attend the annual ACS Leadership Conference and Advocacy Summit. Your vision will help guide us through changing times.
The College leads many of our national advocacy efforts. At the state level, the Massachusetts Chapter has been at the forefront of a number of health care changes. Your dues allow us to advocate on your behalf at the state and national level. In addition, members may participate in the Chapterís annual advocacy day at the MA State House and meet with legislators to discuss their individual concerns and ideas. These efforts allowed us to secure funding for 1.5 full-time positions for the Massachusetts State Trauma Registry. The Department of Public Health will use these positions to study trauma care in Massachusetts and research the outcomes of every trauma patient who visits an emergency department in the state.
Our activities throughout the year provide an opportunity for colleagues to meet and connect with thought leaders who can help them succeed in private practice and academia alike. Whether it is attendance at the annual meeting, contributions to a committee, intern orientations, State Advocacy Day in the Great Hall of Flags at the MA State House, an evening at Fenway supporting the Red Sox, or participation in the Run to Remember with team Cut to the Chase, the Chapter provides opportunities for surgeons to talk to surgeons.
The Chapter has led the effort to create the Massachusetts Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (MASQIC), a quality initiative which includes NSQIP champions. The primary function of the collaborative is to provide a forum for surgeons across Massachusetts to share best practices and improve the value of surgical care.