Archive for November, 2015

Dr. Hoyt

Looking forward – November 2015

A collaboration between the College and the American Society of Anesthesiologists to develop a Statement on Team-Based Surgical Care, which emphasizes patient-centered perioperative care is the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month.

Collapsed buildings blocks from Manmohan Hospital. (Photo by Patrick Reddish.)

Surgeons help with recovery after earthquake in Nepal

A recovery effort in the wake of the Nepal earthquake in April is described, including the experience of teaching local physicians how to perform rib plating.

The beginning of the movement

#ILookLikeASurgeon goes viral: How it happened

The genesis of the #ILookLikeASurgeon campaign is described as are future goals of the movement, which is aimed at promoting women and diversity in surgery.

RAS-ACS Symposium essays—Social media: Threat to professionalism and privacy or essential for current surgical practice?

The topic of this year’s Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons Symposium was Social Media—Threat to Professionalism and Privacy or Essential for Current Surgical Practice. The following are the first and second place essays submitted from both sides of the debate.

First-place essay—Pro: Social media: An essential tool for the academic surgeon

This article discusses how social media, when used appropriately, is an essential tool for the academic surgeon.

First-place essay—Con: The writing is on the (Facebook) wall: The threat posed by social media

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.1 —Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Social media, the hallmark of Web 2.0, refers to virtual Internet communities where user-generated content (photos, videos, […]

The College weighs in on leading health care issues

This article summarizes the College’s activities related to several key federal policy areas, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act, enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act and payment reform, and proposed changes in GME funding.

Georgia Governor Deal (center, front row) with the physician delegation on the state capitol steps

State lobby days provide opportunity to influence legislative action

A roundup of issues discussed at state lobby days in 2015, including trauma funding, scope of practice, bariatric surgery coverage, and Medicaid reimbursement are recapped in this article.

Medicare and Medicaid audits

This column provides an overview of seven common CMS audits that could affect physicians, and describes the penalties and appeals process for each.

Response to preoperative endocrine therapy in breast cancer patients can alter surgical and chemotherapy options

The uptake of neoadjuvant endocrine therapy in the U.S. has been slow according to the authors of this month’s column, even though this treatment can reduce the extent of breast surgery.

Dr. and Mrs. Kenyon

Dr. and Mrs. Kenyon are committed to giving back

This month’s column highlights the philanthropic contributions of Norman Kenyon, MD, FACS, and his wife, Sue.

RPI can be used to improve surgical care

The Targeted Solutions Tool is an online application that may be used by project leaders to engage in process improvement in hand hygiene, hand-off communication, safe surgery, and other areas.

Figure 1. Hospital discharge status

Black Wednesday

This month’s column examines the occurrence of Black Wednesday motor vehicle driver-related injuries in the NTDB research dataset for 2013.

Dr. Richardson

J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, installed as President of the ACS

David Richardson, MD, FACS, was installed as ACS President, and Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), and Walter J. Pories, MD, FACS, were installed as First and Second Vice-Presidents, respectively, at Clinical Congress 2015.

Six outstanding surgeons conferred Honorary Fellowship in the ACS

Honorary Fellowship in the ACS was awarded to six prominent surgeons from around the world during Convocation ceremonies that preceded the official opening of Clinical Congress 2015.

Prof. Archampong

Citation for Prof. Emmanuel Quaye Archampong, MB, BS, FRCSEd, FRCSEng

Prof. Emmanuel Quaye Archampong, MB, BS, FRCSEd, FRCSEng, is presented for Honorary Fellowship in the ACS by Samuel Adetola Adebonojo, MD, FACS, FCCP, FWACS.

Prof. Coman

Citation for Prof. William B. Coman, MD, MB, BS, FACS, FRCSEd, FRCSEng, FRACS

Prof. William B. Coman, MD, MB, BS, FACS, FRCSEd, FRCSEng, FRACS, is presented for Honorary Fellowship in the ACS by David J. Terris, MD, FACS.

Prof. Desai

Citation for Prof. Mahesh R. Desai, MB, BS, MS, FRCSEd, FRCSEng

Prof. Mahesh R. Desai, MB, BS, MS, FRCSEd, FRCSEng, is presented for Honorary Fellowship in the ACS by Glenn M. Preminger, MD.

Prof. Fingerhut

Citation for Prof. Abraham Fingerhut, MD, FACS, FRCSP(g), FRCSEng

Prof. Abraham Fingerhut, MD, FACS, FRCSP(g), FRCSEng, is presented for Honorary Fellowship in the ACS by Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS.

Prof. Santibañes

Citation for Prof. Eduardo de Santibañes, MD, PhD

Prof. Eduardo de Santibañes, MD, PhD, is presented for Honorary Fellowship in the ACS by Steven M. Strasberg, MD, FACS.

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