How Will the 2020 Virtual Annual Clinical Assembly Work?

COVID-19 has prompted us to convert our in-person Annual Clinical Assembly (ACA) into a virtual event. Though we will miss the opportunity to learn, connect and celebrate in-person, this year's ACA will bring new opportunities to take advantage of everything the ACA has to offer!

So how exactly will this year's conference work? Here's an FAQ to help close the gap in how you'll participate in understanding how you'll participate in this year's conference versus our in-person conference.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I participate in the educational programming sessions?

You will register for the conference as you typically do. You may click here to register. All ACA sessions will be available in the ACOS eLearning portal (, which means there's no need to block out 4 days on your calendar! You have the flexibility to take courses when you want and where you want.  Earn CME credits while learning at your own pace!

When will the sessions be available?
Sessions will be available on the first day of the conference, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 in the ACOS eLearning portal.

I've never accessed the ACOS eLearning Portal. What is it and how do I gain access?
The ACOS eLEarning portal is a repository of on-demand content from the College. It includes educational content from previous webinars, discipline meetings including the General Surgery In-depth Review and the Urological Surgery Discipline Mid-Year Meeting and the ACOS Annual Clinical Assembly. To access the ACOS eLEarning Portal, simply click here or place your web browser. You will then need to enter your ACOS credentials (Your User Name - the email address you used to create your ACOS account and password; if you've forgotten your password, you'll be able to create a new one) to gain access to the portal.

What if I miss a session?
The great aspect of our virtual conference is that you will have access to all educational programming via the ACOS eLearning portal. All sessions will be broadcast October 20 - 23, 2020. Once a session has been broadcast it will be available immediately on-demand. No need to block out 4 days on your calendar! You have the flexibility to take courses when you want. Earn your AOA Category 1-A CME credits when you want. Learn at your own pace.

What if I have questions?
There will be opportunities to ask questions. Learners will have the opportunity to ask questions using the discussion board panel in the ACOS eLearning portal. Due to the on-demand nature of this year's conference, please allow 72 hours for us to process your questions with our speakers. Typically speakers are very responsive and you should receive a response within 24 hours. If your response is delayed we will reach out to the speaker for follow-up. 

How many CME credits can I earn from this year's Annual Clinical Assembly?
2020 ACA Registrants will be able to earn up to 30 AOA Category 1-A CME credits.All content will be broadcast during the conference, i.e. October 20th through October 23rd. And all registrants will be able to access and re-access this content for up to 3 years.

Will there be any live programming at this year's Annual Clinical Assembly?
There will be several opportunities to take advantage of live programs. The following specialized sessions will be held in a live format:
  • Rural Surgeons Forum
  • Military Surgeons Forum 
  • Women Surgeons Forum 

How will I access the live sessions?
Registrants will receive a clickable link via email which will be used to access these live sessions. Instructions will be provided in the email.

What about the annual ACA Scientific Posters?
The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons is proud to support the scientific research endeavors of our residents, fellows and students with osteopathic surgeons from around the country at the 2020 ACA - A Virtual Assembly! We look forward to showcasing the hard work of our poster presenters via the new 2020 ACA ePosters Gallery. The ePosters gallery will be launched as part of the 2020 ACA virtual program.

How will I navigate the Exhibit Hall?
The exhibit hall this year will be a virtual hall experience with product and service details for each vendor. The exhibit hall will be launched as part of the 2020 ACA virtual program.

Will there be a 2020 ACOS Ceremonial Conclave?
Yes! The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons is eager to celebrate our 2020 class of ACOS Fellows and Distinguished Fellows by hosting our first ever VIRTUAL ACOS Ceremonial Conclave. More information is forthcoming about this program.

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We look forward to hosting you at this year's meeting and welcome your active participation!