ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit Resident Travel Award — Apply Now 

We are pleased to offer again this year a limited number of scholarships to U.S.-based Resident members of the American College of Surgeons who are interested in attending the upcoming Leadership and Advocacy Summit, April 13 – 16, 2024. The meeting will be held at the Westin Washington, DC Downtown (formerly the Renaissance Hotel). This annual Summit is a dual meeting that offers volunteer leaders and advocates specialized educational sessions focused on effective surgeon leadership, interactive advocacy training and coordinated visits to Congressional offices. (Click here for more information on the 2023 Leadership & Advocacy Summit programming – 2024 information to come early January.)

This scholarship award will cover up to $500.00 in housing and transportation costs. This may also include your registration fees, but it may NOT cover food/beverage charges as all meals are provided at the conference. Note: you must be a U.S.-based Resident member in good standing with ACS to be eligible for one of these scholarships.

Scholarships will be awarded to a broad representation of all facets of U.S.-based ACS Resident members. Special consideration will be given to first time attendees of the Leadership & Advocacy Summit, as well as candidates in the senior years of their residency programs.

Scholarship recipients must commit to staying for all programming on Sunday, April 14th and Monday, April 15th, with preference given to those planning to stay through the Congressional Lobby Day on Tuesday, April 16th.

In years past, we have had over 75 Resident scholarship award winners join us in Washington, DC to make their voices heard for the House of Surgery! So, if you are interested in applying, don’t delay! Please apply via the online application before Monday, January 22nd, and include all required following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Your contact information (address, email, phone no., cell no.)
  3. Your institution and year of residency
  4. A brief summary (no longer than one page) explaining why this opportunity interests you, what you hope to gain from it, and how you plan to utilize the knowledge you obtain.
  5. Your proposed travel dates

Scholarship winners will be announced on/before Monday, January 29th, in order to give you ample time to register and make travel arrangements. For more information on the conference, including registration info (registration opens late January) and hotel information, please stay tuned to our website.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact D’Arcey Johnson at We look forward to seeing you in Washington!

Michael J. Sutherland, MD, MBA, FACS
Director, Division of Member Services

Christian Shalgian
Director, Division of Advocacy and Health Policy

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