Archive for September, 2014

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Looking forward – September 2014

This month, Dr. Hoyt’s column highlights the legacy of Ernest Amory Codman, MD, FACS, and the College’s efforts with other groups to place a headstone at Dr. Codman’s gravesite this summer.

Figure 1. ACS home page

A new era begins for ACS online properties

This article highlights redeveloped ACS online properties, including a state-of-the-art community platform and a new public website.

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The SAGES FUSE program: Bridging a patient safety gap

This article analyzes how energy-based surgical devices have contributed to complications and mortality in the operating room and addresses how surgeons have been trained to use these devices. It further describes a curriculum developed by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons to help surgeons safely use these devices.

The benefits of PQRS participation and what the College is doing on your behalf

This article provides an overview of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program and examples of scenarios surgeons could find themselves in depending on whether they participate in the PQRS in 2014.

Surgeons as state advocates

The surgeon’s voice is critical in health care policy debate. This article outlines how surgeons can be effective advocates and highlights efforts by the College to support these initiatives at the regional level.

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Surgeons as state advocates: Success stories

The surgeon’s voice is critical in health care policy debate. This article outlines how surgeons can be effective advocates and highlights efforts by the College to support these initiatives at the regional level.

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Founding surgeon reflects on 25 years of UNICAR, the Guatemalan Heart Institute

While the general public in Central America has virtually no access to cardiac surgical care, this article provides an overview of one success story—the Unidad de Cirugía Cardiovascular de Guatemala (UNICAR), the Guatemalan Heart Institute—which provides cardiac care, particularly cardiac surgery, to patients in need.

Emergency room entrance to Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Surgical training abroad: It’s not about the cases

The challenges of surgical training abroad are addressed in this article as is the collaboration between Stanford University and the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, which may serve as a model for other surgical training programs around the world.

Statement on bicycle safety and the promotion of bicycle helmet use

The following statement on bicycle safety was developed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and was approved by the Board of Regents.

Statement on intimate partner violence

The following statement on intimate partner violence was developed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and was approved by the Board of Regents.

Statement on older adult falls and falls prevention

The following statement on adult falls and falls prevention was developed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and was approved by the Board of Regents.

Physician Payments Sunshine Act data scheduled for release

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, also known as Open Payments, is addressed in this month’s column, along with the registration process, types of data included in the system, the review and dispute process, and recommendations from the College.

Frequently asked questions about coding for breast surgery

This column responds to some frequently asked coding questions related to breast cancer operations, sentinel node biopsy, ultrasound-guided core biopsies, excision with wires, intraoperative assessment of margins, and more.

Treating metastatic prostate cancer now and in the future

The past decade has seen a paradigm shift in the treatment of men with advanced prostate cancer, according to the authors of this month column, a result of improved understanding of disease biology, investment in basic research and identification of rational therapeutic targets, collaboration with industry, and design and completion of well-designed clinical trials.

“Everything Old Is New Again”

The mission, purpose, and activities of the ACS Surgical History Group are summarized in this month’s column.

JCI can be a resource for patients receiving care abroad

This month’s column highlights the risks and challenges of medical tourism and the benefits of seeking out a Joint Commission International-accredited facility when undergoing a medical procedure abroad.

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Don’t chance it: Use your seatbelt

The occurrence of motor vehicle-related injuries in the NTDB research dataset for 2013 that specifically include Chance fractures are examined in this month’s column.

Letters to the Editor

The following comments were received regarding recent articles published in the Bulletin.

Dr. Brown performing cataract surgery, Zimbabwe, 1989.

Fellows honored for volunteerism

The Board of Governors’ Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup has announced the recipients of the 2014 American College of Surgeons (ACS)/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award and Surgical Volunteerism Awards.

Official notice: Annual Business Meeting of Members, American College of Surgeons

The Annual Business Meeting of members of the ACS will take place at the 2014 Clinical Congress on Wednesday, October 29, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA.

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