Archive for November, 2018

Meeting participants, including attendees from Hawassa University (right photo, from left): Ephrem Adem, clinical and academic director, College of Medicine and Health Sciences; Ayano Hula, president (obscured in background); and Abel Gedefaw, vice-president, chief executive director, College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Looking forward – November 2018

Dr. Hoyt outlines the development and evolution of the ACS-COSECSA Surgical Training Collaborative at Hawassa University, Awassa, Ethiopia, which is scheduled to start in January 2019.

ACS delegation visits Israel

ACS delegation visits Israel

An ACS delegation to Israel describes the challenges facing the country’s health care system as well its innovative approaches to providing care in times of conflict.

Locum tenens surgery: An opportunity to improve access to quality surgical care

Locum tenens surgery: An opportunity to improve access to quality surgical care

Outlines the history of locum tenens physicians and identifies the benefits and challenges associated with temporary staff surgeons.

Drug shortages: The invisible epidemic

Drug shortages: The invisible epidemic

Summarizes the overall drug shortage problem and describes the role of GPOs and manufactures in preventing medication shortages.

Stop the Bleed

ACS Stop the Bleed advocacy agenda advances on Capitol Hill and in state capitols

Stop the Bleed program policy advances at the federal and regional level are summarized, including information about states that plan to introduce bills in 2019.

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Residents describe the benefits and challenges of physician extenders in academic surgery

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Residents describe the benefits and challenges of physician extenders in academic surgery

The topic of this year’s Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons Symposium was Physician Extenders in Academic Surgery: Integrated Partner or Parallel Player?  The following are the second place essays submitted featuring views from both sides of the debate.

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Residents describe the benefits and challenges of physician extenders in academic surgery

NPPs: Exploring their contribution and impact on resident education

The role of physician extenders in resident education is explored.

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Residents describe the benefits and challenges of physician extenders in academic surgery

Physician extenders: Integrated members of surgical teams

Summarizes the benefits of APPs including reducing resident workload and enhanced patient care.

Carrico champions

Carrico Champions commit to sustaining funding for the award

Describes the history and mission of the C. James Carrico, MD, FACS, award and outlines information and research projects of the current roster of Carrico Champions.

Initial clinical practice guideline for postoperative management of pediatric appendicitis

UC Davis implements a clinical practice guideline for postoperative management of pediatric appendicitis

The results—and lessons learned—of a clinical practice guideline developed for postoperative management of pediatric appendicitis is the focus of this month’s column.

Critical Access Hospitals

Critical access hospitals continue to provide vital services to rural patients

The role of critical access hospitals in providing access to health care in rural areas is assessed, along with the financial benefits of facilities.

AMEDD advance gas aid station

The U.S. medical response to gas warfare in World War I

The evolution of treating chemical-related wartime casualties, specifically gas-related injuries, starting with World War I, is detailed.

The Joint Commission

Examining rapid response system treatments in the elderly patient population

This month’s column addresses the benefits of effectively using rapid response system calls for elderly patients who suffer from chronic illnesses.

Figure 1. Hospital Discharge Status

Fixing the cage: Rib fixation of flail chest

This month’s column examines the occurrence of patients with flail chest and rib fixation in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.

Dateline DC

Dateline: DC—Recent congressional activity and a look ahead

Summarizes key pieces of ACS-supported legislation that have been enacted in recent months and outlines remaining bills that the 115th Congress will need to consider.

Dr. Maier

Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), FCSHK(Hon) installed as 2018–2019 ACS President

Ronald. V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), FCSHK(Hon), was installed as ACS President and Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS, and Phillip R. Caropreso, MD, FACS, were installed as First and Second Vice-President, respectively, at Clinical Congress 2018.

ACS News

Honorary Fellowship in the ACS awarded to 12 prominent surgeons

Honorary Fellowship in the ACS was awarded to 12 prominent surgeons from around the world during Convocation ceremonies that preceded the official opening of Clinical Congress 2018.

Professor Greenhalgh

Citation for Prof. Roger M. Greenhalgh, MD, MChir, FRCS

Prof. Roger M. Greenhalgh, MD, MChir, FRCS, is presented for Honorary Fellowship in the ACS by Michel S. Makaroun, MD, FACS.

Professor Hutson

Citation for Prof. John M. Hutson, AO, BS, MD(Melb), MD(Monash), DSc(Melb), FRACS, FAAP(Hon), FCAPS(Hon)

Prof. John M. Hutson, AO, BS, MD(Melb), MD(Monash), DSc(Melb), FRACS, FAAP(Hon), FCAPS(Hon), is presented for Honorary Fellowship in the ACS by Mary E. Fallat, MD, FACS.

Professor Izbicki

Citation for Prof. Jakob Izbicki, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon)

Prof. Jakob Izbicki, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), is presented for Honorary Fellowship in the ACS by Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD(Hon), FACS, FRCS, FRCSEd(Hon), FRCSI(Hon).

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