Archive for October, 2019

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – October 2019

The College’s role in ACS THRIVE, a collaborative effort to enhance value-based health care, is the focus of this month’s column.

Strong for Surgery

The ACS Strong for Surgery program: Changing clinician and system behavior to optimize health before surgery

Describes the transition of the Strong for Surgery initiative to a formal ACS Quality Program and outlines its effect on improving public health.

A comprehensive approach to firearm injury prevention: ACS Committee on Trauma hosts historic summit

A comprehensive approach to firearm injury prevention: ACS Committee on Trauma hosts historic summit

The primary objectives and outcomes of the Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention are summarized as is the nine-point ACS plan to address firearm-related violence.

Profiles in surgical research: Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS

Profiles in surgical research: Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS

ACS Past-President Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon)—a general surgeon with a clinical focus on surgical oncology—is the latest physician to be profiled in this ongoing series.

Mayo Clinic joins the national effort to train tomorrow’s rural

Mayo Clinic joins the national effort to train tomorrow’s rural surgeons

Outlines the Mayo Clinic’s development of a rural general surgery training track and identifies lessons learned in the first three years of the program.

2019 State Lobby Days: Advocating for patient care in state capitols

2019 State Lobby Days: Advocating for patient care in state capitols

Summarizes activities and issues discussed at State Lobby Days in 2019, including Stop the Bleed® awareness training.

YFA Communications Committee Essay Contest winner: Understanding leadership for the patient through personal experience

Emmanuel M. Gabriel, MD, PhD, the winner of the YFA Communications Committee essay contest, describes his transition from health care professional to patient advocate.

Figure 1. Incidence of postoperative UTI before and after discontinuation of routine IUC placement by year

Routine Foley catheter placement affects postoperative UTIs in bariatric surgery patients

This column outlines the results of a new protocol at Stony Brook University Hospital, Long Island, NY, designed to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infection rates.

ACS CRP

Evolution in the management of desmoid tumors: Challenging the role of upfront surgical resection

Describes the traditional management of desmoid tumors as well as new approaches, including radiation therapy for locally aggressive tumors.

The Joint Commission

Joint Commission to start reporting on high rate of C-sections, adds new standards

The Joint Commission has announced two new perinatal care standards that will go into effect in July 2020 for all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals.

Figure 1. Hospital Discharge Status

Bloodshot: Ocular lacerations from gunshot wounds

This month’s column examines National Trauma Data Bank® records on the occurrence of ocular lacerations resulting from gunshot wounds.

Dateline DC

Dateline DC: 2019 Advocate at Home Program demonstrates the importance of advocating for surgery outside of Washington, DC

The aim and development of the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy’s Advocate at Home Program, which provides resources to support in-district meetings, are described.

Dr. Ko

2019 ACS Quality and Safety Conference focuses on putting the patient first, value-based care

This article summarizes the topics and issues presented at the 2019 Quality and Safety Conference in Washington, DC.

Dr. Furman listening to a child’s heartbeat at a Loma de Luz, Honduras, mission hospital in 1989

Surgeons honored for volunteerism and humanitarianism

The Board of Governors’ Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup has announced the recipients of the 2019 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award and Surgical Volunteerism Awards.

ACS seal

The ACS Division of Education can help you and your institution with accreditation

The ACS Division of Education Continuing Medical Education activities and programs are summarized.

ACS News

Associate Fellows: Apply now for ACS Fellowship

The qualifications for ACS Fellowship and the steps necessary to apply are described.

ACS News

Board of Governors continues to make your voice heard

An overview of ACS Board Governors responsibilities is provided along with an update on the activities of each B/G pillar.

Profiles in surgical research: Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS

Dr. Bass named vice-president for health affairs and dean of GW SMHS

Dr. Bass, Immediate Past-President of the ACS, has been named vice-president for health affairs and dean of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Coming next month in JACS and online now: Lung surveillance strategy for high-grade soft tissue sarcomas: Chest X-ray or CT scan?

Lung surveillance with chest X-ray did not result in worse overall survival when compared with computer tomography, according to findings published in the November issue of JACS.

Dr. Sakran

Dr. Joseph Sakran selected as 2019–2020 RWJF Health Policy Fellow

Dr. Sakran was recently selected as a 2019–2020 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow.

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