Archive for July, 2016

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – July 2016

Dr. Hoyt’s column highlights his experiences as the Aubre de Lambert Maynard Guest Lecturer at Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, and the institution’s commitment to increase the diversity of the health care workforce.

Violet after surgery (photos courtesy of Boston Children’s Hospital)

3-D printing: Revolutionizing preoperative planning, resident training, and the future of surgical care

In this month’s cover story, members of the College describe their experiences with 3-D printing models, identify its benefits and limitations, and consider future applications for this technology.

Health care networks: Surprise billings for surgical patients

This article describes the College’s position on narrow and tiered health care networks and outlines surprise billings and their effect on surgeon reimbursement.

Seeking equilibrium in decision making: The balance between clinical judgment and patient goals

Potential solutions for resolving an ethical dilemma—disagreement regarding a course of treatment—are addressed in this article as are suggestions for balancing clinical judgment with patient goals.

2016 Clinical Congress Program Planner

Clinical Congress 2016 Preliminary Program

The Clinical Congress Preliminary Program offers an overview of Postgraduate Courses, Named Lectures, and other information related to Clinical Congress 2016, October 16–20, in Washington, DC.

Meeting meaningful use requirements in 2016

The 2016 reporting requirements for the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program are outlined as are suggestions to help surgeons meet the public health registry objective.

Dr. Hughes as part of a panel discussion on career choices with KU Wichita students

The joy of teaching as a rural surgeon

This column describes the experiences related to establishing an independent pre-med program and offers suggestions for how to launch such a program in a rural area.

ACS Surgeon Workforce Subcommittee develops Onboarding Checklist for Surgeons

The Onboarding Checklist for Surgeons—a summary of action items for consideration by a new surgeon and the partner, group, or hospital employer—is the focus of this month’s column.

Diet and lifestyle can influence prostate cancer outcomes

This month’s column describes the role of diet and lifestyle on the development and outcomes of prostate cancer, and includes a brief overview of published and ongoing trials.

Drs. Martin (far left), William Mayo (third from right), and Charles Mayo (far right) on the North Star

Drs. William J. Mayo and Franklin H. Martin: Leaders in establishing the College’s unique identity

ACS Past-President William J. Mayo’s MD, FACS, relationship with ACS Founder Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, and their efforts to position the College as an international organization are highlighted.

Joint Commission executive vice-president addresses pain management standard concerns

An update on the Joint Commission’s standards for pain assessment and treatment is provided, along with five misconceptions that are commonly associated with these standards.

Figure 1. Hospital discharge status

The walking dead

This month’s column examines the occurrence of distracted pedestrian versus motor vehicle injuries in the NTDB research dataset for 2014.

A breakout session with New Jersey Chapter members

2016 Leadership Summit focuses on conflict resolution, cultural dexterity, and strategic thinking

This article summarizes the leadership portion of the 2016 ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, which focused on conflict resolution, social media reputation management, and how enhanced emotional intelligence can lead to better outcomes.

Version 2.0 of MBSAQIP standards to take effect in October

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program standards will go into effect in October.

Mr. Matthews

Surgeons voice legislative priorities at 2016 Advocacy Summit

An overview of the advocacy portion of the 2016 ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, is provided, including a summary of key issues presented during meetings with legislators on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Laurencin (left) being presented with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama (center)

Dr. Cato Laurencin honored with National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD, FACS, was presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation—the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement—on May 19 by President Barack Obama.  

Dr. Britt (left) and Dr. Frederick

Howard University awards honorary degrees to President Obama and Dr. L. D. Britt

D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), and Past-President of the American College of Surgeons was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree at Howard University’s 2016 graduation ceremony May 7 in Washington, DC.

Dr. Eberlein

Dr. Eberlein named honorary SBAS fellow and elected chair of NCCN

Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, FACS, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, was named an honorary fellow of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons at a luncheon during the society’s recent annual meeting in Chicago, IL.

ACGME announces FIRST Trial continuation

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has issued a multicenter research trial waiver, along with seed funding, to the Flexibility in Duty Hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees (FIRST) Trial for the 2016−2017 academic year.

Dr. Grover (center) receiving the Earl Bakken Scientific Achievement Award from Justin Roberts, vice-president of heart valve therapies marketing for Medtronic (left), and STS President Mark S. Allen, MD, FACS

Members in the news

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

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