Archive for January, 2014
Last November marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and Dr. Hoyt urges members to draw on the values, inspiration, and leadership of President Kennedy to meet the evolving demands of the profession.
Each year, the Communications Committee of the RAS-ACS selects a topic of broad interest to young surgeons and solicits brief essays from interested members on the subject. This year’s topic—How Surgeons Deal with Complications—generated a robust response from RAS-ACS membership.
This year’s winning essay by Elisha G. Brownson, MD, details lessons learned from a case involving a lucid patient and a snapped catheter.
Complications related to a stapled right gastroepiploic pedicle are the focus of this resident’s essay that urges surgeons to be transparent with patients and colleagues, reflect on errors, and forgive themselves.
Discussing reactions to cases involving surgical complications should not leave surgeons feeling embarrassed or denigrated, according to the author of this essay, who urges surgeons to express their feelings to achieve understanding and self-awareness.
How surgeons conduct themselves when confronted with the reality of an undesirable surgery-related event is the focus of this essay. With each of these events, notes the author “rests an opportunity for the surgeon to be inquisitive, to be transparent, to be introspective, and to learn from the moment at hand.”
This essay brings to life the emotional responses involved with surgical complications, both on the part of the surgeon and the family.
Surgeons have a complex relationship with their patients, one marked by the common goal of a positive outcome, observes the author of this essay, and when failures occur, surgeons and patients are urged to grieve and rebound together.
On-site preoperative evaluation of global surgery patients is a complex, time-consuming, and often chaotic process, however, telemedicine may expedite the delivery of lifesaving care. This article describes how the authors reviewed patient information and radiologic studies using store-and-forward telemedicine (SAFT) before embarking on a surgical mission in the Philippines.
A brief overview of health care activities at the state level in 2013 followed by a summary of legislative and policy trends for 2014 are highlighted in this article.
The ACS 2013 Clinical Congress provided surgeons, medical students, surgical residents, and other members of the operating room team with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of educational experiences. This wrap-up summarizes key events at the meeting including the ACS Centennial celebration, Convocation, Named Lectures, and awards winners and honorees.
The ACS Officers, Regents, and Board of Governors’ Executive Committee were elected at the Annual Business Meeting of the 2012 Clinical Congress.
This revised statement was developed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Ethics and approved by the College’s Board of Regents in October 2013.
An overview of ACS coding workshops, including benefits of attendances, topics covered, and registration information is provided in this month’s column.
Overcoming barriers to recruiting rural surgeons are addressed in this article, including mentoring, exposing students to rural career earlier in their careers, and recruiting more students from rural backgrounds.
The allure of hospital employment and the financial incentives for hospitals to recruit physicians as employees are covered in this column.
This column informs Bulletin readers about the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the research it will support, and new projects that have recently launched.
The Joint Commission has issued a Sentinel Event Alert urging hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to take a fresh look at how to avoid leaving items such as sponges, towels, and instruments in a patient’s body after surgery. This month’s column highlights recommended action items in the Alert.
The 2013 Annual Report of the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB®)—an updated analysis of the largest aggregation of U.S. and Canadian trauma registry data—is highlighted in this month’s column.
The Board of Regents of the ACS recently appointed Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS, to serve as the next Chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma.