Archive for October, 2015

Dr. Hoyt

Looking forward – October 2015

The College works with trusted collaborators and provides members with the “intellectual property” needed to meet the challenges of modern-day practice.

UNSOM

Graduate of the first acute care surgery fellowship program reflects on the experience

The development of the first acute care surgery fellowship and the role that surgeons trained in this discipline can play in alleviating ED overcrowding and general surgery workforce issues are addressed in this article.

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Sharing clinical photographs: Patient rights, professional ethics, and institutional responsibilities

This article describes best practices for sharing clinical photographs and includes a case study highlighting real-world patient privacy concerns, security issues related to mobile device usage, and other ethical considerations.

Surgeons as Advocates

Advocacy and grassroots: Leveraging local issues at the national level

The ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy has developed several platforms, including SurgeonsVoice, to empower members to advocate for health care policies that are in the best interest of surgeons and their patients.

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YFA Essay Contest: Introduction

The introduction to the winner of the ACS Young Fellows Association Essay Contest describes the essayist as an exemplar of this year’s theme.

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YFA Essay Contest winner: Promise of the profession: The chance to be human

Ellen Thomason, MD, MPH, FACS, a vascular surgeon in Seattle, WA, describes her experience as a patient and how it changed her outlook as a surgeon.

The final rule on the Medicare Shared Savings Program

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a provision for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to create the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). This program would establish a payment structure for accountable care organizations (ACOs), which would be responsible for the quality, cost, and overall care of Medicare beneficiaries. CMS issued a final […]

Dr. Richardson

Improving access to surgical care in rural America: An interview with J. David Richardson

J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, who will be installed as the President of the ACS at the 2015 Clinical Congress, discusses the College’s efforts to improve access to care in rural communities.

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Improving resection rates in borderline resectable pancreatic cancer: Pilot study shows favorable results

The clinical importance of the Alliance A021101 cooperative group study as well as the design of the trial itself are the focus of this month’s column.

ACS educational awards and MyCME

This month’s column summarizes ACS scholarships and fellowships, as well as the MyCME program.

High reliability science and surgery: The Joint Commission’s Robust Process Improvement methodology

How surgeons can apply high reliability concepts, such as The Joint Commission’s Robust Process Improvement methodology, is the focus of this month’s column.

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Fireworks

This month’s column examines the occurrence of firework-related injuries in the NTDB research dataset for 2013.

Scene from a preconference workshop.

ACS NSQIP conference: 10 years of putting the patient first

The 10th annual ACS NSQIP National Conference in July 2015 focused on patient-centered care and the reliability and accuracy of the program’s data as drivers of surgical quality improvement in hospitals.

JACS receives highest impact factor to date

The Journal of the American College of Surgeons received its highest Thomson Reuters impact factor to date for 2014.

Dr. McSwain

In memoriam: Dr. Norman McSwain, a pioneer in comprehensive trauma care

Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS—an internationally recognized leader in trauma care—died July 28 in his New Orleans, LA, home at 78 years old.

AMA HOD Annual Meeting sparks adoption of new policies

This report summarizes the topics addressed by the College’s delegation at the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates meeting in June.

ACS offers international chapters opportunity to create educational program

The Dr. Pon Fund will allow international chapters to create a local educational course that includes faculty from the ACS.

Dr. Sachdeva

Dr. Sachdeva delivers named lectures at graduation day events for surgery residents

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, delivered named lectures at graduation events for surgery residents at two universities.

Disciplinary actions taken

This report summarizes the disciplinary actions the ACS Board of Regents took at its June 5 meeting.

Lebanon Chapter

Chapter news

ACS chapter meetings, events, and award presentations are summarized.

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