Archive for March, 2015

Dr. Turner and her daughters

Looking forward – March 2015

The revitalized ACS Operation Giving Back program, under the direction of new Medical Director Girma Tefera, MD, FACS, is the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month.

Welcome to the 114th Congress: The implications for surgery

This article summarizes the 2014 election results, describes the role the ACSPA played in ensuring the re-election of two surgical champions, and highlights legislative and regulatory priorities of the College.

Surgeons and Medical Liability primer

New resources from the College offer alternative approaches to medical liability reform

Surgeons and Medical Liability: A Guide to Understanding Medical Liability Reform—a primer on liability reform developed by the College—is summarized as are the challenges of using federal tort reform as a means of solving the nation’s medical liability challenges.

Report from the Past-Chair of the Board of Regents: Fostering innovation at the ACS through strategic planning

An overview of the ACS Board of Regents’ structural changes and other accomplishments from 2012 to 2014 are detailed in this report.

A nurse at NH works with an EHR on a tablet

To Bangalore and back: Resident leads software design effort at Indian heart hospital

This article describes how the author helped develop an electronic health record for use in a hospital in Bangalore, India; outlines the processes involved in creating and testing the software; and highlights the leadership skills necessary to keep the initiative on track.

Dr. Caropreso

Managing burnout: Seek outside help and foster a true work-life balance

In this article, several of the College’s Fellows describe their own experience with burnout, how they have avoided it, and offer strategies to help counteract its effects.

Statement on medical liability reform

The following statement on medical liability reform was developed by the ACS Legislative Committee and was approved by the Board of Regents at its October 2014 meeting.

Omnibus per artem fidemque prodesse

The ACS motto: What does it really mean?

The origins of the ACS seal and motto are the subject of this month’s column.

Setting standards of efficiency

This month’s column provides a brief history of the “efficiency movement” and describes the establishment of the College’s Hospital Standardization Program.

Managing medication in ambulatory surgery centers

Steps for developing an effective and safe medication management system at ambulatory surgery centers are summarized in this month’s article.

Percent of Self-Pay by Year

Affordable trauma care?

This month’s column looks at how provisions in the Affordable Care Act are affecting access to care for Americans as a whole and considers the potential effects on trauma care specifically.

Dr. Tefera

Girma Tefera, MD, FACS, joins ACS staff as OGB Medical Director

A profile of Girma Tefera, MD, FACS, the new Medical Director for Operation Giving Back, is the focus of this news brief.

Dr. Knudson

M. Margaret Knudson, MD, FACS, new Medical Director of MHSSPACS

M. Margaret (Peggy) Knudson, MD, FACS—the new Medical Director of the Military Health System Strategic Partnership American College of Surgeons—is profiled.

Dr. Brennan

Murray F. Brennan, MD, FACS, named Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

For his service to medicine, Sir Murray F. Brennan, MD, FACS, was named a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit on January 1.

NAPBC to co-host best practices session at NCBC Breast Conference

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the National Consortium of Breast Centers will cohost a best practices session following the Annual Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, next month.

Dr. Crawford

Members in the news

The newsworthy accomplishments of the ACS members are summarized in this news brief.

55 hospitals represented at first semi-annual ISQIC meeting

The first semi-annual meeting of the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative convened in January.

2015 international scholarships for surgical education now available

The ACS Division of Education and the International Relations Committee are now accepting applications for scholarships focused on surgical education.

Apply now for 2015 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship

The ACS is now accepting applications for the 2015 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship.

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