The Oregon Chapter held its first annual scientific meeting in 1965. Walter C. Deiner, MD presided for this meeting, and Joel Baker, MD was the visiting professor. Ever since the Chapter held its first-annual scientific meeting in 1965, a scientific meeting has been held each year. In 1977, the chapter was incorporated as a 501(c)6 entity and the current governance structure established.
Oregon ACS Council
Our council is made up of dedicated surgeons from around the state of Oregon. We have a unique Council that has representation geographically, across surgical disciplines, and with representation of seasoned veterans and the younger generation of surgeons. The office of President rotates geographically so we maintain representation from Oregon Health and Sciences University, the Portland metro area, and other areas of the state. Officers include the positions of President, Past President, President-elect, Secretary-Treasurer and Governor. Regional Council positions represent the Metro area, Willamette Valley, Central/Eastern Oregon, Columbia Gorge, North Coast, McKenzie (Eugene), and Southern Oregon.
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Oregon-Washington ACS Summer Conference
For the last decade, Oregon ACS has held its chapter meeting every even numbered year at Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon. For the last several years, Oregon and Washington ACS Chapters have partnered on the summer meeting. Washington ACS hosts the meeting in odd-numbered years. The scientific conference as a joint event draws a larger audience from Oregon, Washington and neighboring states.
Portland Surgical Society
Since 1948, the Portland Surgical Society is the only professional organization of its type in the Portland area. Starting in 2012, Oregon ACS has taken over an administrative role with Portland Surgical Society. The society is an important educational forum for surgeons as well as a showcase for the achievements of many of our trainees. Perhaps most importantly, it provides a wonderful opportunity to renew the camaraderie and unique sense of fellowship that unites us within our community of surgeons.
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Each year, the Oregon Chapter sponsors a resident paper competition for the best original paper in cancer research. The winning paper is honored with the Baker-Mosely Award which also carries a monetary prize. Portland Surgical Society also sponsors a paper competition at its annual meeting held in early June. Also, the Oregon ACS submits a paper to the annual Committee on Cancer National competition chosen from papers presented at the summer conference.
Oregon has endorsed the Oregon NSQIP Collaborative, a surgical quality initiative that operates in several major hospitals in Oregon and operates in partnership with the Oregon Health Leadership Council.
Day at the Capitol
Oregon ACS has held a “Day at the Capitol” event each year for the past three years. The purpose of the event is to hear from elected officials and industry lobbyists on issues effecting health care, health insurance and surgical issues. Councilors also visit with their elected officials at the Capitol Building in Salem. ACS has sent its Government Affairs Director to our event to provide training on government affairs and to provide updates on national issues.
Oregon ACS Foundation
Oregon ACS has had a foundation for several years. Foundation funds are used to support Oregon ACS programs and charitable endeavors including the Baker-Moseley Resident Paper Competition, Lectures at the annual meeting on underserved populations, Young Surgeon's Leadership Conference, Rural Surgery Residency Programs, and other community service projects.
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Purpose of the Oregon Chapter
1: To uphold the mission of the American College of Surgeons: “dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safe guarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.”
2: To provide opportunities for mentoring between surgeons and surgical residents. 3: To foster fellowship among the surgeons of Oregon.
4: To enhance the educational opportunities of members with an annual interactive scientific forum of original basic and clinical research and visiting surgical experts.
5: To uphold the highest standards of patient care. When appropriate the chapter will cooperate with other local and state medical societies and worthy civic groups to achieve this aim.
6: To promote dialogue and help frame discussion for unresolved and/or controversial clinical and socio- economic issues confronting our membership.
As an organization that strives to inspire quality and create the highest standards and outcomes for the surgical community, the Oregon ACS is committed to creating a more just and inclusive environment for everyone. Therefore, we will continue to work to ensure the development of a culturally competent and diverse surgical workforce to meet the health needs of our nation. We will continue to pursue our research and public health initiatives addressing health disparities. In addition, we will accelerate our advocacy efforts to bring much-needed legislative reform to correct factors that negatively affect the health of our patients and communities in order to ensure better outcomes for all human beings, regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, creed, religion, nationality, or sexual preference.
Statement on diversity, American College of Surgeons
About ACS Oregon Chapter
The Oregon Chapter of the American College of Surgeons welcomes you to this web site. This information is intended for the benefit of our chapter members, the Fellows, Associate Fellows, and Candidates of the A.C.S. in the state of Oregon. Members and visiting physicians are invited to explore this site for their own information and enjoyment. The general public is also welcome to explore this site, but encouraged to learn more about the American College of Surgeons through the main website at http://www.facs.org .Questions? Please contact the Chapter Administrator Harvey Gail at 503-371-7457 firstname.lastname@example.org