* UPDATE: REFUND REQUESTS for the 2018 Meeting

Thank you for your patience as we sort through the myriad of details associated with not being able to hold the meeting this past weekend in Santa Barbara. 

As previously mentioned, the Executive Committee of the Chapter's Board of Directors has asked Staff to start an immediate search for an appropriate venue and dates for the meeting in April or May,  We will do our best to avoid scheduling conflicts with other major surgical meetings. With this in mind, how you would you like us to handle your registration payment? We can refund the payment now. Or we can hold it until the dates are determined for the April/May meeting at which time you can decide whether to get a refund or apply it to the re-scheduled meeting.  

Please let us know which way you would like us to handle your payment by completing this simple form: Refund Request

If you paid by credit card and wish to be refunded, we should be able to credit the same card. If you paid by check and wish to be refunded, please provide address where the refund check should be mailed.  We will NOT use this address for any other purpose and will not update your membership record with this information. It will be used only to mail the refund check if necessary.

Thank you in advance. If you choose to be refunded, we will process that as quickly as possible and will be in touch again when the next meeting is scheduled. 

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January 2018 Meeting

The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Southern CA Chapter of the American College of Surgeons will be held at the Four Seasons Resort Biltmore Santa Barbara, January 19-21, 2018. Located on the coast south of downtown Santa Barbara, the Biltmore Resort is rated as one of the top resorts in California.

OBJECTIVES—This program is designated for practicing surgeons involved in the care of patients. It is meant to provide an update regarding treatment in general and sub-specialty surgical practice, and to enhance the knowledge of participants in these areas. The program is intended to meet the needs of surgeons in clinical practice for up to date information on the latest techniques in general and specialty surgical areas and to provide a means for surgical students and researchers to report the results of their research.

Specialty Section Presentations

Have you been invited to present in a Specialty Session during the 2018 Annual Meeting? Please be sure to use the Abstract Submission form to submit your materials for the program and abstract book for the meeting. There is an option for Specialty Session presentation and choose the appropriate specialty. 

MOC self assessment credit - question writing

For the 2018 SCCACS meeting, surgeons will be able to take an online quiz to qualify for self-assessment credits for ALL sessions. A passing grade of 75% must be achieved to earn the credits. Abstract submissions MUST include 2 questions per submission - 1 of which needs to be a clinical case situation.

For ALL abstracts submitted for the 2018 Meeting, 2 questions/answers for MOC/Self Assessmet Credit must also be submitted at the time of abstract submission. NOTE: Of the 2 questions you submit, 1 MUST be a clinical case situation. Under NO circumstances can you include a True/False question and you should avoid using an answer choice of "all of the above" or "none of the above".

The American College of Surgeons has put together quiz writing guidelines that the questions should adhere to - please be sure to review this material prior to submitting your abstract and MOC questions.

Author Instructions

Are you preparing to present a paper in Santa Barbara and need to submit manuscript for publication in The American Surgeon Journal? You can find instructions for preparing the manuscript for the Journal here. Be sure to submit the manuscript to the Chapter's Recorder's email address.

Author Instructions


Annual Scientific Meeting of the Southern California Chapter of the ACS
Jan. 19-21, 2018

Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday, September 15, 2017

Early Bird Conference Registration
Dec. 15, 2017

Hotel Room Block Deadline
Dec. 15, 2017 (for $365/night)

Young Surgeons Travel Stipend Application deadline
Monday, Jan. 8, 2018