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October 1996

A National Treasure: The 82nd Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons

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Editor of the Archives of Surgery Oakland, Calif

Arch Surg. 1996;131(10):1019. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1996.01430220013001

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The 82nd Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons will convene in San Francisco, Calif, from October 6 to 11, 1996. This meeting for several decades has been a "gold standard" for surgeons. It is truly a national treasure. The consistency, quality, and relevance for surgeons worldwide are earmarks of its success. In 1996, it is estimated that 9000 surgeons will attend and participate in the activities of the Congress. At the 1995 Clinical Congress in New Orleans, 54% of those in attendance were fellows of the College, 5% were surgical residents in training, and 9% were registrants from countries outside of North America. General surgeons represented 71% of those in attendance in 1995, 66% in 1994, and 68% in 1993.

The breadth and depth of this program is a study in itself. The 1996 program committee, under the chairmanship of James Carrico, MD, FACS, of Dallas, Tex, has

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