Archive for July, 2012

Looking Forward – July 2012

ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Dr. Kaafarani (left) operating in the Central African Republic.

Enhancing American surgical training: Meeting the challenge of a globalizing world

Surgical diseases historically have received less public health attention and less global support than have the conditions other medical specialties treat.1 Over the past decade, however, the surgical specialties have seen exponential growth in both interest and involvement within the global health education community.

Table 1: Common examples of HIT 7-9,10

Health information technology, meaningful use criteria, and their effects on surgeons

In the face of rising costs, inconsistent quality, and the recent economic decline, strategies aimed at creating a more efficient health care system now rank among the most contested political issues in the U.S. As evidenced by the attention given to health information technology (HIT) in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health […]

ASSET lab instructor Dr. Luchette reviewing anatomy with students.

ASSET: An effective educational experience for practicing surgeons

Numerous advances have occurred in trauma care in the past three decades, resulting in reduced rates of patient morbidity and mortality. One such advance—the evolution of radiologic imaging and computed tomography—has resulted in more precise and early diagnosis of numerous injuries. Most patients who are hemodynamically normal now can be managed nonoperatively. Simultaneously, a decrease […]

Clnical Congress 2012: Welcome from the Chair, Board of Regents

I want to invite you to attend the American College of Surgeons 2012 Annual Clinical Congress, scheduled for September 30–October 4, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

Twenty-first century surgery: Have we entered uncharted waters?

Surgery is at an historic convergence of developments. As a result, the discipline as we have known it over the last 150 years may be in the earliest stages of dissolution—a victim of technological progress. Although this concept may seem somewhat paradoxical, given that surgery has always benefited from technologic advances, we may have reached […]

Ms. Grimm (rear center) with ACS staff members, 1919.

Learn about ACS history through the papers of Eleanor K. Grimm

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has long recognized Eleanor K. Grimm as a pivotal figure in capturing and recording the history of the first 50 years of the College. Now three volumes of what the ACS archivists are calling her “retirement scrapbooks” have been scanned and are available for viewing in PDF format as […]

ACS Board of Governors committee updates: Governors’ Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College

The Board of Governors (B/G) Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College has three major responsibilities: (1) review the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) dues structure and recommend approval of any changes to the dues structure; (2) understand and monitor the College’s financial matters in order to ensure the overall financial integrity of […]

ACS Board committee of Governors updates: Governors’ Committee on Chapter Relations

The Governors’ Committee on Chapter Relations (GCCR), previously the Governors’ Committee on Chapter Activities, serves as an advocate for all of the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) chapters, and monitors and reports on chapters’ activities, resources, and issues. The GCCR reports to the Board of Governors (B/G), and to the B/G Executive Committee. The GCCR […]

Joint Commission offers new HAI Portal

Reducing the risk of health care-associated infections (HAI) is a priority for surgeons, who have long led the way in introducing clinical approaches, such as antibiotic prophylaxis and antimicrobial stewardship, which have proven to be effective infection prevention tactics. Accessing relevant information about risk-reduction strategies can, however, be a challenging process. As part of continuing […]

The clinically negative axilla: The dilemma of occult metastases in sentinel nodes

When William Halsted, MD, FACS, performed radical mastectomies in the early 20th century, patients presented with locally advanced disease, often involving skin, muscle, and lymph nodes. Dr. Halsted’s palliative operation turned into a cure for some. The legacy of more radical surgery leading to more cures was to last another 75 years. Fast forward to […]

Figure 1: Hospital discharge status

Use your head

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s publication Motorcycle Safety, motorcycle deaths have increased each year between 1997 and 2008, for an overall increase of 150 percent.* Contrary to popular belief, young people are not the only ones who die as a result of motorcycle crashes.

ACS influence spreads via Twitter

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) continues to gain influence on Twitter, the microblogging service, which ranks among the top 10 most visited websites on the Internet. Now six years old, Twitter provides users with the ability to post and read messages, or “tweets,” of up to 140 characters. Since last year’s Clinical Congress, the […]

Use revised code for flight discount for Clinical Congress

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has arranged special transportation discounts with United Airlines for travel to and from the 2012 Clinical Congress, which will take place in Chicago, IL, September 30 to October 4. You must reference the ACS Z Code—ZMXH and the Authorization Number 479578—to obtain the special fare. Note that the code […]

Dr. Muller, in a portrait which hangs in the lobby of the UVA Medical Center.

In memoriam: William H. Muller, Jr., ACS Past-President, surgical leader, innovator, researcher

The surgical world lost a wonderful friend and visionary when William Henry “Harry” Muller, Jr., MD, FACS, died on April 19, in Irvington, VA, at the age of 92. Dr. Muller was an important American College of Surgeons (ACS) leader, having served as Chair of the Board of Regents and as President of the College. […]

Celebrate the ACS Centennial at Clinical Congress

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the 2012 Clinical Congress, September 30 to October 4 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, will feature programs focusing on the history of surgery and the organization. To explore the past, plan to attend the following panel sessions, which will take place from […]

Statement on the physician acting as an expert witness

Editor’s note: This statement was originally published in the June 2000 issue of the Bulletin. This revised statement incorporates revisions recommended by the College’s Central Judiciary Committee and was approved by the Board of Regents at its February 2011 meeting. Physicians understand that they have an obligation to testify in court as expert witnesses on […]

New postgraduate courses offered at Clinical Congress

Several new Postgraduate Didactic and Skills-Oriented courses will be offered at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2012 Clinical Congress September 30 to October 4 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Among them are the following: SC01: Advanced Skills Training for the Rural Surgeon: Complex Wound Care and Specialized Diagnostic Techniques will use simulation and […]

Do you know how to stay out of trouble as an expert witness?

Although the American College of Surgeons (ACS) first published these guidelines for behavior and qualifications almost 12 years ago, Statement 8—“Statement on the physician acting as an expert witness”  remains a vital and relevant working document today. Under the watchful eye of the Central Judiciary Committee (CJC), these guidelines are used three times a year […]

Patient safety sessions to be presented at 2012 Clinical Congress

A total of 23 scientific panel sessions eligible for patient safety-specific continuing medical education (CME) credits will be offered at the 2012 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress September 30 to October 4 in Chicago, IL. Following is a sampling of these sessions: 10,000 Hours versus 10,000 Cases: How to Train the Modern-Day Surgeon […]


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