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GSACS Advocacy and Health Policy Abstract Competition

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The Call for Abstracts for the GSACS Advocacy and Health Policy Abstract Competition is now open. Submissions should be submitted online by midnight November 9, 2022. 


  • All residents and research trainees enrolled in general surgery or surgical specialty residency training or fellows-in-training programs in Georgia.
  • The entry should represent the original work done by the authors. 
  • Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the submitting author to be present on November 14, 2022 at 6 pm via Zoom if his/her abstract is accepted.


  • Submit the abstract using the online submission form by November 9, 2022 at 11:59 pm. 
  • Online submissions only.
  • 500-maximum word abstract (not including title or author) that presents a concise summary of an advocacy or health policy topic at the state or national level
  • Abstracts may cover any aspect of surgical advocacy and health policy, broadly conceived, but must represent original research
  • Abstracts should include:
    • Abstract title
    • Author name
    • Background – A short outline of the advocacy or health policy issue
    • Synopsis – A brief narrative describing the critical elements of the advocacy or health policy issue
    • Significance – Explain how the chosen issue impacted surgeons or surgical patients
  • The research included in this abstract cannot be previously published.


The GSACS Advocacy and Health Policy Abstract Competition will take place via Zoom on November 14, 2022. The winning GSACS abstract will be submitted to the ACS for consideration at the national competition, which will take place during the annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit from April 15–18, 2023, in Washington, DC.

Judges made up of individuals appointed by the Divisions of Member Services and Advocacy and Health Policy, will review the submissions and invite ten or more authors to participate in the national Advocacy and Health Policy Competition at the Summit.

The authors invited to present their abstracts at the Summit are guaranteed to receive one of the $500 Resident Travel Awards for the Leadership & Advocacy Summit to help defray the costs of traveling to Washington, DC.

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