Archive for July, 2014

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Looking forward – July 2014

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt highlights the background and accomplishments of two newly recruited Medical Directors who will help lead the College’s Division of Advocacy and Health Policy—Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, and Patrick V. Bailey, MD, FACS.

“The Holy Grail of the OR, when you are teaching something, is to show students what you are doing.”
—Dr. Shah

Surgeons see future applications for Google Glass

This article outlines the potential benefits of Google Glass for both physicians and patients and summarizes concerns related to HIPAA compliance and patient consent.

The ACS Accredited Education Institutes Fellowship Program: Training leaders in simulation-based education

The goals and benefits of the ACS-Accredited Education Institutes (AEI) Fellowship Program are highlighted in this article.

Figure 1. Articles cited in PubMed using search terms “quality improvement” and “surgical quality improvement,” 1973–2012

Distinguishing QI projects from human subjects research: Ethical and practical considerations

This article helps surgical investigators make the distinction between quality improvement initiatives and human subjects research projects. The authors also provide insights into initial project design and offer guidelines for addressing ethical concerns related to health care research.

What to expect when visiting SurgeonsVoice.org.

SurgeonsVoice: Your patients, your profession, your voice

An overview of SurgeonsVoice—the College’s nationwide, grassroots advocacy program—is featured in this article, including updates on how to use this tool to educate and influence members of Congress on issues of importance to surgery.

2014 CC Program Planner

Clinical Congress 2014 Preliminary Program

The Clinical Congress Preliminary Program offers an overview of panel sessions, Postgraduate Courses, Named Lectures, Meet-the-Expert Luncheons, and other information related to Clinical Congress 2014, October 26–30, in San Francisco, CA.

The ICD-10 delay

This column addresses questions providers may have regarding the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, (ICD-10) delay and offers resources for surgical practices to continue to prepare for the conversion.

Rural Listserv e-mail volume

ACS rural listserv: An “underdog” success story

The rural listserv—which is the focus of this month’s column—has successfully connected rural surgeons as a group while also engaging them with the ACS leadership.

Dr. Morton

SLN surgery for clinically node-positive breast cancer patients treated with neoadjuvant therapy

The ACS Oncology Group Z1071 trial and sentinel lymph node surgery in clinically node-positive patients receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy are examined in this month’s column.

Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS: Gynecologic surgeon

The Bulletin will be publishing vignettes regarding important key individuals and events that have played influential roles in the history of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This month’s column focuses on Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, and his career as a gynecologic surgeon in Chicago, IL, before founding the ACS.

Renewed awareness of infection control during surgery

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease continues to occur because some health care facilities are reportedly not following recommended guidelines for the decontamination, sterilization, and quarantine of neurosurgical equipment. This month’s column urges health care providers to consistently remind colleagues to adhere to infection control guidelines..

Hospital discharge status

To protect your children, keep your pool safe

This month’s column examines the occurrence of pediatric drowning injuries in the NTDB research dataset for 2013.

CoC Achievement Award edited

Outstanding Achievement Award granted to 74 CoC facilities

The ACS Commission on Cancer has granted the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award to 74 accredited cancer programs throughout the U.S.

Dr. Ko

Dr. Ko appointed to NQF Surgery Standing Committee

Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, Director of the ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, was recently appointed to the National Quality Forum’s Surgery Standing Committee.

Dr. Sachdeva

Dr. Sachdeva elected vice-president of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director of the ACS Division of Education, was recently elected vice-president of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME). In this role, Dr. Sachdeva will serve on the Board of SACME and as a member of the joint working group of SACME and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

ACS Women in Surgery Committee issues call for mentees: July 31 deadline

The ACS Women in Surgery Committee is seeking applications for the Mentorship Program for Women Surgeons. Applications for mentees are due July 31.

From left: Dr. Poon with Dr. Russell and Dr. Pellegrini at the Harkins Surgical Symposium.

First Carlos Pellegrini Traveling Fellow reports on experience

As the inaugural Carlos Pellegrini Traveling Fellow of the ACS, Jensen Poon, MB, BS, MS, FACS, FRCSEd, FCSHK, FHKAM, offers details about his personal and scientific interaction with surgical colleagues in the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. McBee

2014 Oweida Scholar announced

John M. McBee, MD, FACS, a general surgeon practicing in Pendleton, OR, has been selected to receive the 2014 Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship of the ACS.

Clowes Award offered to promising surgical investigator

The College is accepting applications for the George H.A. Clowes, Jr., MD, FACS, Memorial Research Career Development Award, which is intended to provide support for the research of a promising young surgical investigator.

Dr. Howle

Inaugural Murray F. Brennan, MD, FACS, International Guest Scholar provides report

Julie Howle, MB, BS, MS, FRACS—a surgical oncologist based in Sydney, Australia, and the first recipient of the ACS Murray F. Brennan, MD, FACS, International Guest Scholarship—reports on her experiences at Clinical Congress and visiting various medical centers in the U.S.

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