Archive for August, 2016
An update on ACS efforts to improve the quality of team-based perioperative care is the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month, including the finalized joint Statement on Physician-Led Team-Based Surgical Care, the development of geriatrics care guidelines, the release of the Children’s Surgery Verification Standards, and a description of the College’s Strong for Surgery Initiative.
In this introduction to the annual RAS-ACS issue, the author describes the importance of striking a balance between traditional surgical training and advances in technology and communication.
The College’s role in the evolution of surgical education and practice is summarized in this article, as is the increasingly visible role of women, minorities, and young surgeons in the ACS.
This article describes the effects of technology on patient-physician interactions and illustrates how patient access to medical information affects clinical decision making.
Pimping as a common pedagogic technique throughout the history of formal medical education is examined in this article, which also describes the pros and cons of this technique and offers suggestions for effectively engaging in pimping.
Successful regulatory and legislative efforts led by surgeon advocates, such as the repeal of the sustainable growth rate, are summarized in this article, as are ongoing initiatives to reform graduate medical education to sustain the health care workforce.
This article describes how advances in computer technology, video cameras, and smart phones are revolutionizing surgical training and highlights the educational benefits of simulated training and telementoring.
The subject of this article—the benefits and challenges associated with surgeon disclosure—will be debated at this year’s RAS-ACS Symposium at Clinical Congress 2016 in Washington, DC.
The following joint statement on physician-led, team-based surgical care was developed by the ACS and the American Society of Anesthesiologists and was approved by the Board of Regents at its June 2016 meeting.
This column describes incident to services, including Medicare requirements for billing and examples of how surgeons can successfully submit claims for these services.
This column describes Maryland’s health care reform efforts, including the implementation of an all-payor rate system and state-wide budgets overseen by a central state commission, which may serve as a model for other states seeking to lower costs and improve quality.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-most common cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. and is predicted to soon be the third-leading cause. Surgical resection with pancreatectomy has historically been viewed as offering the only chance for cure. However, achieving negative margins at surgery can be difficult, with positive surgical margins found in as many as […]
ACS advocacy efforts and an automated informed consent tool are the two ACS benefits summarized in this month’s column.
The leadership and philanthropic efforts of Amilu Stewart, MD, FACS, are the focus of this month’s column.
The benefits of Patient Blood Management Certification are highlighted in this month’s column.
This month’s column examines the occurrence of pedestrian fatalities from motor vehicle traffic crashes in the NTDB research dataset from 2009 to 2014.
The 2016 Jacobson Innovation Award honors Louis C. Argenta, MD, FACS, for his work in the development of the vacuum-assisted closure.
Chad Anthony Rubin, MD, FACS, a consummate ACS volunteer, died on July 3 at age 52.
The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates approved a resolution introduced by the ACS to train more professional first responders and civilian immediate responders to mass casualty events in the essential techniques of bleeding control.
September 1 is the deadline to register for the ninth annual ACS Accredited Education Institutes Postgraduate Course, which will take place in Boston, MA, in mid-September.