Archive for August, 2016

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – 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.

Maya-Babu

Generations of surgeons: Honoring and modernizing tradition

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.

Surgery comes of age: The ACS and the evolution of the surgical profession

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.

Talking through time: Trends in communication and the evolving patient-physician relationship

This article describes the effects of technology on patient-physician interactions and illustrates how patient access to medical information affects clinical decision making.

“Pimping”: Time-honored educational tradition or relic of the past?

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.

The ACS and advocacy: A tradition of protecting our patients and advancing our profession

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.

Technology for teaching: New tools for 21st century surgeons

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.

Exploring the limits of surgeon disclosure: Where are the boundaries?

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.

Statement on physician-led team-based surgical care

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.

Understanding Medicare Part B incident to billing

This column describes incident to services, including Medicare requirements for billing and examples of how surgeons can successfully submit claims for these services.

Surgery in Maryland: Guidelines for navigating health care reform

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.

Figure 1. Schema for SWOG Trial 1505

Two studies pave the way for preoperative therapy in pancreatic cancer patients

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 […]

Legislative activities and informed consent

ACS advocacy efforts and an automated informed consent tool are the two ACS benefits summarized in this month’s column.

Dr. Stewart with her husband, Bill Perry, at the 2016 Jacobson Award Dinner

Amilu Stewart, MD, FACS: Silencing the skeptics

The leadership and philanthropic efforts of Amilu Stewart, MD, FACS, are the focus of this month’s column.

New Patient Blood Management Certification aimed at eliminating unnecessary transfusions

The benefits of Patient Blood Management Certification are highlighted in this month’s column.

Figure 1. Pedestrian case fatality rate by year

The rise of the smombies and fall of the pedestrians

This month’s column examines the occurrence of pedestrian fatalities from motor vehicle traffic crashes in the NTDB research dataset from 2009 to 2014.

Dr. Argenta (left) accepts his award from J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, ACS President

Dr. Louis Argenta receives 2016 Jacobson Innovation Award

The 2016 Jacobson Innovation Award honors Louis C. Argenta, MD, FACS, for his work in the development of the vacuum-assisted closure.

Dr. Rubin

Dr. Chad Rubin remembered as exceptional surgeon and consummate volunteer

Chad Anthony Rubin, MD, FACS, a consummate ACS volunteer, died on July 3 at age 52.

The Hartford Consensus

AMA HOD approves ACS-sponsored resolution on mass casualty bleeding control

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.

ACS-AEI Postgraduate Course focuses on simulation in surgical education

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.

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