Archive for February, 2012

Hoyt

Looking Forward – February 2012

ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Lagos students in their uniforms, heading to school.

Learning about health care in Africa: A physician’s experience in Lagos, Nigeria

Africa has long been a destination for medical and religious missions. As far back as the mid-1400s, Britain and other European countries sent missionary teams into the interior of what was at that time referred to as “The Dark Continent.”

Trachelectomy Celebration 2011

Gynecologic oncology surgeons spare patients’ fertility, enhance quality of life

At a recent celebration at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY, an onlooker would view many sights not commonly seen in a cancer center. A boisterous group enjoyed food and drinks in a brightly lit room filled with colorful crepe paper and balloons.

Maximizing postgraduate surgical education in the future

Most practicing surgeons agree that their surgical residency was the most exciting time of their medical career.

Table 1. ASCRS survey questions

Confronting the ethics, myths, and legends of restrictive covenants in the era of the contract surgeon

More and more physicians are opting for salary-structured hospital or institutional employment.

state-leg

Expectations for state legislatures in 2012

State legislatures are geared up for 2012, with most legislative sessions convening between January and July.

Table 2. 2012 PQRS changes

PQRS reporting in 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has continued the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) into 2012 as required under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008.

Table 1. New skin replacement surgery codes 2012

Coding for skin replacement surgery in 2012

In 2012, comprehensive changes were made to the skin substitute codes, including the addition of new introductory language and the creation of eight new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that describe topical application of skin substitute grafts

Case fatality rate by mechanism of injury and age

Annual Pediatric Report 2011: Fatal at any age

The 2011 Annual Report of the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB) is an updated analysis of the largest aggregation of U.S. and Canadian trauma registry data that has ever been assembled.

International women in surgery symposium set for spring 2012

The Third Annual International Women in Surgery Career Symposium will take place May 31 through June 2, 2012, and will be hosted by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Clinical Scholars in Residence Program: A beneficial experience for surgical residents and the ACS

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is now accepting applications for the 2013–2015 Clinical Scholar in Residence positions.

Alliance Programs

New Alliance formed to address clinical trials in oncology

The American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), and the North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) recently merged to form the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

TJC works to improve infection control

The Joint Commission (TJC) continually works to improve infection control methods in health care.

When states practice medicine: Physician gag laws

As a physician, you ask your patients a number of personal questions during the course of exams in order to provide the best care.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities

October 2011

Wisconsin Chapter, front row, left to right: Terry Gueldner, MD, FACS; Ron Wenger, MD, FACS; Rodney Malinowski, MD, FACS, Immediate Past-President; Marilu Bintz, MD, FACS; and Shanu Kothari, MD, FACS, President-Elect. Second row, left to right: Clifford Cho, MD, FACS; Gordon Telford, MD, FACS; Charles Cheng, MD, FACS, Cancer Liaison Chair; Gwenn Pavlovitz, MD, FACS; Benjamin Jarman, MD, FACS; Mark Abraham MD*; and Steve Kappes, MD, FACS. Third row, left to right: Dean Klinger, MD, FACS, President; Eric Anderson, MD*; Tina Yen, MD, FACS; Brian Lewis, MD, FACS; Steve Shapiro, MD, FACS; Dave Schultz, MD, FACS; Ryan Groesch, MD;* Christopher Fox, MD, FACS; and Ron Martin, MD, FACS.

Chapter news – February 2012

February 2012

Miss Rapp in 1955

In memoriam

Marion Rapp, former ACS International Liaison, remembered

Health Policy Advisory Group Regional Coordinating Committee

ACS Health Policy Advisory Council aims to empower Fellows as advocates

The decisions our federal and state legislators make—or fail to make—have an extraordinary impact on our ability to care for our surgical patients.

Dr. Serentill (second from left) with Jamie Rodriguez, MD, chair and associate professor, department of surgery, HWCOM; John A. Rock, MD, FACS, founding dean and senior vice-president for medical affairs, HWCOM; and J. Patrick O’ Leary, MD, FACS, executive associate dean for clinical affairs, HWCOM.

Members in the news

     Craig S. Derkay, MD, FACS, a professor of otolaryngology and director of pediatric otolaryngology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, received the Sylvan E.

Call for nominations for the ACS Board of Regents

The 2012 Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors has the task of selecting six nominees for pending vacancies on the Board of Regents, to be filled during the 2012 Clinical Congress in Chicago, IL.

Contact

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