The Future. Through the Eyes of a Surgeon
ACS celebrates 100 years
Membership of Wisconsin Surgical Society
I would like to provide an update to the WSS membership. The WSS council recently held our Spring Meeting. With the ongoing COVID pandemic many items were discussed, the most pressing was the fate of our Annual Meeting at The American Club. The reality is that multiple societies and organizations have altered or cancelled their meetings with the uncertainties that we all face. Concerns over ability to travel, reimbursement, maintaining practices, the quality of scientific programs, and the ability to meet in groups have been raised by the leadership of the WSS. The American Club has generously allowed us out of our contractual agreement during these unprecedented times by forgiving our financial obligation for this year in exchange for holding the fall meeting in Kohler for an additional two years.
It is my unfortunate duty to inform the society that our annual in person meeting in Kohler will be cancelled this fall. I will work with the Program Committee and a group of members as we explore options for holding a virtual meeting this fall. As the details are worked out we will keep the membership up to date. I understand that cancelling the regular meeting will impact many of the members, but the WSS council feels this is the best way to preserve our society’s financial resources. I hope we can bring together a virtual conference this fall to meet the needs of the students, residents and members that use our platform to present research, obtain CME and network with others in our very active chapter.
One additional item to pass to the membership is that the council has proposed that officers and council members stay in their current roles for an additional year. This decision will allow the transition to new leadership to occur at the next regular fall meeting allowing the new president to give a formal address as is our chapter’s tradition.
An additional item is our new Chapter Initiative Fund. The WSS has started the Chapter Initiative Fund where members can donate directed dollars to our chapter through the ACS. These are tax deductible donations that can be directed to our chapter by mailing funds to:
Attention: Shane Hollett
American College of Surgeons Foundation
635 N St Clair
Chicago, IL 60611
On the check, note in the lower left hand corner, “Wisconsin Chapter Fund”
Chapter Initiate Funds uses include but are not limited to: scholarship, educational grants for travel/accommodations for the ACS Clinical Congress, research scholarship/fellowship, international guest scholarships, initiatives that advance the mission of the ACS.
If you have yet to pay your dues for 2020, please take the time to do so now. You can renew online here. Now, more than ever, your dues are needed to help sustain the Society.
Please feel free to contact the society or me directly with any questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing everyone back in Kohler in November 5-6, 2021 for our next in person conference and hope to see everyone virtually this fall with a new conference format during this pandemic year.
Brian Lewis MD FACS
President of the Wisconsin Surgical Society