Archive for July, 2018

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – July 2018

Dr. Hoyt provides his perspective on the status of ACS Quality Programs and where they are headed in the future.

Mastery in General Surgery Program

From Transition to Practice to Mastery in General Surgery

The evolution of the TTP Program to the new ACS Mastery in General Surgery Program is described, along with the experiences of three accredited institutions.

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ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence Program has lasting impact on surgeons’ careers

Previous ACS Clinical Scholars describe how the program affected their career path and why this program continues to result in improved patient outcomes and safer patient care.

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Gun violence and firearm policy: An introduction from the ACS COT

This article from the ACS Committee on Trauma is an introduction to the feature on gun violence and firearm policy in the U.S.

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Gun violence and firearm policy in the U.S.: A brief history and the current status

An overview of the distribution and determinants of gun-related violence in the U.S. is summarized as are firearm-related policy and legislative initiatives.

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Can communication proficiency mitigate moral distress among surgeons? A case study and call to action

Moral distress and its potential effects on patient care are described using a case study in which an inexperienced resident must deliver difficult news without mentoring from the attending.

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2017 ACS Governors Survey: The increasing role of APPs in providing surgical care

The results of a survey of ACS Board of Governors are summarized, including surgeon viewpoints on the increasing role of APPs.

Joy and Privilege of a Surgical Career

Clinical Congress 2018 Preliminary Program

The Clinical Congress Preliminary Program offers an overview of Postgraduate Courses, Named Lectures, and other information related to Clinical Congress 2018, October 21–25 in Boston, MA.

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Geriatric assessment and frailty in older cancer patients

The importance of identifying high-risk, frail cancer patients to ensure optical care is the focus of this month’s column.

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Endometrial cancer: An increasingly common gynecologic malignancy

Management of endometrial cancer, including risk factors such as genetics and obesity, are summarized.

Franklin Martin, MD, FACS, Founder of the American College of Surgeons

The rescue of Miss Inez Stone

The safe return of a relative of Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, after Germany’s declaration of war on Russia in 1914, is the focus of this month’s column.

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Joint Commission issues alert on violence prevention in the health care workplace

Factors associated with health workplace violence, including understaffing and unrestricted public access to hospital rooms and clinics, are summarized.

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Psyched out: Trauma patients with major psychiatric comorbidities

This month’s column examines the occurrence of patients with psychiatric comorbidities and traumatic injuries in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.

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NAPRC awards first accreditation to John Muir Health Rectal Cancer Program

The ACS NAPRC’s first accreditation was awarded to the John Muir Health Rectal Cancer Program in California after meeting 19 standards.

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Dateline: DC—July 2018

This month’s column looks at the ACS’ and the Commission on Cancer’s cancer-related advocacy priorities, including pediatric cancer research, colorectal cancer screening, and quality of life improvement.

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Information every surgeon should know about the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC

ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC fundraising and disbursement efforts are described.

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Members in the news

The newsworthy accomplishments of ACS members are summarized.

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NCDB-sourced study focuses on post-treatment surveillance for colorectal cancer patients

A collaborative ACS Cancer Programs study showed no significant association between frequency of surveillance testing and the time to detection of recurrence for colorectal cancer patients.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

Making quality stick: Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety: Beginning your quality improvement journey

This final excerpt from Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety provides an overview of the topics discussed in the manual.

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Register for ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course, July 26–29

Registration is now open for the ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course, which takes place in July in Chicago.

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