Scientific Sessions (Annual Meeting)


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement
Although the Scientific Session is still several months away, we are closely monitoring the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, we are moving forward with the Annual Scientific Session Conference as scheduledWe will continue to closely monitor events in the state of Illinois and around the country.

In the event that the ACS Clinical Congress is cancelled or postponed, SOC will follow suit.  ACS Leadership is meeting regularly, and we will share additional information if there are any changes to the Clinical Congress meeting. Impact on ACS Meetings

Surgical Outcomes Club (SOC) is an academic group and attendance at the scientific session is open to members and non-members. As of January 1, 2020, the registration fee for this event has been separated from annual membership dues. 

To register to the annual meeting, please visit our registration page. To become a member in the SOC, please visit the membership page to pay your annual membership dues. 

SAVE THE DATE 2020 Annual Meeting and Scientific Session Meeting Details

The Board of Directors have been working on building an exciting program for this year's Annual Scientific Session, which will features sessions on Surgical Education and Health Economics.  Please find the meeting details below:

 Where:
Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
Northwestern University Chicago Campus
303 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
 When:  Sunday, October 4, 8 am - 3 pm (CT)
Cocktail Reception to Follow; 3 pm - 5:30 pm
 John R. Clarke Keynote Address: 
   Department Chair; Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics
   Northwestern University
 Meeting Materials:  Will be available via Dropbox (no login required)


2020 Annual Meeting and Scientific Session Meeting Details

Surgical Education: The introduction of the next accreditation system (NAS) of graduate medical education in 2013 promised movement to assessment based on outcomes. As surgeons, our performance is ultimately measured by our patient outcomes. To date, limited work has been performed to evaluate the effects of education policy reform using traditional health services research methodologies. Our three panelists are leading the way in utilizing observational, qualitative, and implementation science methods to evaluate and inform education practices and policy. We are interested to learn how they are leveraging the health services research toolbox to further inform best practices in surgical education

  • Karl Bilimoria, MD, MS; Northwestern University 
  • Caprice Greenberg, MD; University of Wisconsin
  • Brian George, MD; Michigan Medicine
2020 John R. Clarke Keynote Address: 
Larry V. Hedges, PhD
   Department Chair; Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics
   Northwestern University


Health Economics: Health economics research is critical for evaluating the financial impact of healthcare decisions, policies, and interventions on the healthcare system and its consumers. Data related to the hidden financial burden of disease, the cost effectiveness of therapeutic options, and patient preferences around cost transparency all inform the decision-making of stakeholders including surgeons, payers, patients, and more. Our three panelists will share their innovative approaches to health economics and outcomes research as they relate to patient financial toxicity, healthcare efficiency and access, and the value of surgical care at specialty hospitals.

  • Mehul Raval, MD; Northwestern University
  • Rachel Greenup, MD; Duke University School of Medicine
  • Todd Wagner, PhD; Stanford University