Archive for March, 2012
ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
Mobile devices are gaining significant traction with American College of Surgeons (ACS) members
Few College Fellows have been aware of the Catalogue of the H. Winnett Orr Historical Collection and Other Rare Books in the Library of the American College of Surgeons, published by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in 1960. The collection, currently housed in the special collections of the McGoogan Library of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, contains more than 2,000 volumes and archival materials, many extremely rare and dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Poland’s syndrome is an eponym for unilateral, congenital absence of the pectoralis major muscle that is often associated with an ipsilateral upper extremity deformity such as syndactyly. It is sometimes mentioned on rounds or in the operating room to test the younger participants’ knowledge of surgical anatomy and history.
My son and I were recently involved in a motor vehicle crash. The car in which we were riding was a total loss. As a pediatric surgeon and an instructor in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Advanced Trauma Life Support® program for more than 20 years, I was able to quickly assess that neither […]
The importance of cultural competence in medicine has gained recognition in academic forums and literature over the past five decades. These discussions were born of the realities that face health care today as a necessary response to the increasingly diverse U.S. population, coupled with emerging evidence of health care disparities and the initiatives that seek […]
Banking activities date back to the second millennium BC, when the Code of Hammurabi (one of the earliest known formal laws) contained written standards of practice relating to financial transactions. Ancient Egypt also had banking arrangements that related to grain harvests and storage. Although these early transactions pertained to deposits of cattle, grain, and, later, […]
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Since 2009, Joint Commission Resources (JCR), an affiliate of The Joint Commission, has helped hospitals reassess their discharge processes and reduce the number of readmissions due to post-discharge adverse events with the help of Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge). Of the 39.5 million hospital discharges per year, 19 percent of patients have a post-discharge adverse event […]
The American health care system is evolving at an increasingly rapid pace. The structure of health care delivery is moving toward larger and more integrated systems.
The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates (AMA HOD) convened for its interim meeting November 12–15, 2011, in New Orleans, LA. Delegates from state medical societies and national specialty societies converged on the Big Easy under the cloud of persistent uncertainty about Medicare physician payment. The American College of Surgeons was well-represented by a delegation […]
Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS, President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and professor emeritus at the State University of New York, Syracuse, delivered a keynote address and participated in a number of sessions at the 67th Annual Clinical Congress of the Philippine College of Surgeons (PCS).
The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) announces the availability of the Traveling Fellowship to Germany. The purpose of this fellowship is to encourage international exchange of surgical science, practice, and education, and to establish professional and academic collaborations and friendships. The ACS Traveling Fellow will visit Germany and, as part […]
American College of Surgeons (ACS) members who attended the 2011 Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA, October 23–27, have until March 31, 2012, to claim their continuing medical education (CME) credits. After this date, the Division of Education’s Program for the Verification of Surgical Knowledge and Skills will no longer accept CME claims for the […]
Weigh in on the latest “Ethical Challenge,” an innovative feature on e-FACS.org, the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) members-only Web portal. This feature is intended to encourage discussion among visitors to the Ethical Issues in Surgery portal community. The latest challenge appears in the box at right. Log in to the ACS Web portal and […]
The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons has announced the availability of the 2013 ACS Traveling Fellowship to Japan.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) recently endorsed two outcomes-based measures from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). The ACS developed the two measures for surgical site infection (SSI) and urinary tract infection (UTI) in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and NQF’s endorsement marks the […]
In last month’s Bulletin, Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, described how the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) recently merged with Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) and North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) to form the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.* As Dr. Bertagnolli explained, the Alliance has five programs, including a […]
The following disciplinary action was taken by the Board of Regents at its October 22, 2011, meeting