Archive for May, 2012

Looking Forward – May 2012

ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Dr. Oz speaks at a free clinic for Dr. Oz’s Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer Campaign in a Dallas shopping mall.

A heart-to-heart with cardiothoracic surgeon and TV host Dr. Oz

Ever since he was a young boy, Mehmet C. Oz, MD, FACS, wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a surgeon. Today he’s not only a cardiothoracic surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City but he’s also the host of The Dr. Oz Show, a nationally syndicated health information program […]

Do you recognize the people in this photo from the 1959 Clinical Congress?

The Clinical Congress of 1959 took place in Atlantic City, NJ, with President Newell W. Philpott, MD, FACS, and incoming President Owen Wangensteen, MD, FACS, presiding. The program featured U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk, who at the time was president of the Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY, and delivered the 14th Martin Memorial Lecture. […]

Joint statement by the ACS and SAGES on FLS completion for general surgeons who perform laparoscopy

This joint statement was approved by the ACS Board of Regents Executive Committee in February 2012. The Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery™ program (FLS) was developed to ensure that every surgeon practicing laparoscopic surgery has the minimum knowledge, judgment, and technical skills required to perform basic laparoscopic operations. FLS was designed to be independent of specialty […]

Physician leadership and the future of surgical practice

The practice environment for current and future surgeons is changing dramatically. Among the most prominent changes is a shift from independent private practices to large, integrated health care organizations, in which surgeons practice as employees. Whereas some surgeons see new opportunities in this integrated model, others fear it will lead to a loss of autonomy […]

State of the states: Defining surgery

The state legislatures started their sessions in early January and are now considering thousands of bills that could impact patients, physicians, nonphysician health care providers, and virtually the entire health care system. Generally speaking, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) State Affairs area of the Division of Advocacy and Health Policy monitors and tracks more […]

Leadership Skills in the OR, Part I: Communication helps surgeons avoid pitfalls

Although most surgeons recognize good leaders and appreciate the importance of leadership, knowing how to develop leadership skills may be less clear.

Figure 1: Hospital discharge status

Call a cab

In spite of all the education, public awareness campaigns, and outreach programs, drinking and driving continues to be a problem that our society faces each day. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s Traffic Safety Facts, an alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 48 minutes in 2009. That same year, […]

A paradigm shift in rectal cancer treatment: The PROSPECT trial

The “Miles” procedure, or abdominal-perineal resection (APR), recently celebrated a 100-year anniversary, which should remind us that while some things change, others remain the same. Whereas the APR is still practiced, numerous additional options have evolved, including sphincter-preserving procedures to improve quality of life, and neoadjuvant and adjuvant radiation and chemotherapy to reduce rates of […]

Table 1: Incentives and penalties under the eRx program

Participating in the Medicare eRx Incentive Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Prescribing, or eRx, Incentive Program was authorized by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA). CMS defines e-prescribing as “the ability to electronically send an accurate, error-free, and understandable prescription directly to a pharmacy from the point-of-care.” Eligible professionals (EPs) who successfully […]

Joint Commission Resources releases new antimicrobial stewardship resources

Earlier this spring, Joint Commission Resources (JCR), an affiliate of The Joint Commission (TJC), and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. released five new educational modules, which provide health care organizations with a strategic approach to successfully implementing and evaluating antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs). The modules, which are available free of charge, use established performance improvement tools and […]

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities, February 2012

American College of Surgeons Professional Association (ACSPA) In 2011, the ACSPA’s political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) raised $665,692. Approximately 77 percent of U.S. Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) contributed an average of $467. The SurgeonsPAC Board met for a strategic planning session in January in an effort to update and align 2012 strategic […]

Dr. Ross

Third annual WIS international symposium approaches

Sharona Ross, MD, FACS, assistant professor of surgery, Tampa General Hospital, and founder of the University of Southern Florida Women in Surgery initiative, will chair the third annual Women in Surgery (WIS) international symposium from May 31 to June 2 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore, MD. Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, professor and […]

ACS offers international scholarships for surgical education, training

The American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Division of Education and the International Relations Committee are pleased to announce two international scholarships focused on surgical education and training. The two scholarships will offer faculty members from countries other than the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to participate in a variety of faculty development activities that will […]

2012 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship available

The family and friends of the late Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, in 2007 established an endowment through the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation to provide funding for an annual fellowship to an outstanding young surgeon from the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, or the Surgical Section of […]

Inspiring Quality health care forum in San Diego: Quality improvement programs increase health care value

More than 100 California health care leaders attended the American College of Surgeons (ACS) fourth Surgical Health Care Quality Forum on March 2, at Scripps Memorial Hospital, in La Jolla, CA. Speakers at the event included community health care leaders representing Scripps Health; Naval Medical Center, San Diego; University of California, San Diego; and Kaiser […]

International Guest Scholarships available for 2013

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is offering International Guest Scholarships in 2012 to outstanding young surgeons from countries other than the U.S. or Canada who have demonstrated strong interests in teaching and research. The scholarships, in the amount of $10,000 each, provide the International Guest Scholars with an opportunity to visit clinical, teaching, and […]

IRC announces two new travel awards for 2013

The International Relations Committee (IRC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is pleased to announce two new travel awards—the Community Surgeon Travel Awards—for surgeons who are ages 30 to 50. These awards, in the amount of $4,000 each, provide international surgeons with the opportunity to attend and participate fully in the educational activities of […]

Left to right: Michael F. Rotondo, MD, FACS, ACS COT Chair; Dr. Cuenca; Dr. Roberts; Dr. White; Dr. Cook; and Dr. Coimbra.

2012 COT Residents Trauma Papers Competition winners announced

The Committee on Trauma (COT) announced the winners of the 35th annual Residents Trauma Papers Competition at its annual meeting in Chicago, IL. Submissions for the competition, which is open to surgical residents and trauma fellows, describe original research in the area of trauma care and/or prevention in one of two categories: basic laboratory research, […]

The CoC Outstanding Achievement Award

Outstanding achievement award granted to 106 CoC facilities

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted the Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) to 106 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the U.S. Established in 2004, the CoC OAA recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to […]


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