Archive for September, 2012

Bulletin front cover history

As part of the kickoff to the American College of Surgeon’s Centennial celebrations, we look back at a sampling of past cover designs of the Bulletin.

Looking forward – September 2012

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt focuses on the ACS’ year-long Centennial celebration and reveals some of the special features added to this year’s Clinical Congress program to commemorate this important milestone, including an exhibit featuring a timeline of important achievements in surgery, book signings, a tour of the Archives, a cake-cutting celebration, and much more.

The Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons: Keeping Fellows informed for nearly 100 years

To commemorate the College’s 100-year legacy of Inspiring Quality, the Bulletin is publishing reprints of articles from past issues. We are reprinting the very first issue of the Bulletin, published in January 1916. This inaugural issue defines the beginnings and goals of the organization, provides information about the Endowment Fund, discusses the College’s activities, outlines the requirements for Fellowship, describes Convocation activities, and more.

ACS Futures Committee takes a good, hard look at the year 2025

At the recommendation of Past-President LaMar Mc Ginnis, Jr., the Board of Regents created a Futures Committee of the ACS. The committee considered four alternative scenarios for what surgery might look like in the year 2025, and this article offers insight into each scenario as well as the views of key committee members on the future for health care.

The near-death of a president, and the birth of a career: An interview with Dr. Napolitano

Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM—a trauma surgeon and Chair of the ACS Board of Regents—reveals what inspired her to select surgery as a career, the evolving role of women surgeons, the value of mentoring students, and more.

The ACS and the ABCs of how quality measures are established and implemented

The College has contributed its insights and services to a number of national organizations, agencies, and programs that are involved in creating a road map for improved quality of care and developing strategies aimed at creating change in health care delivery. This article outlines the roles of these various entities and details the College’s contributions to their endeavors.

Capt. Brad Cooper provides an update on Joining Forces initiative

The Bulletin is publishing occasional articles based on interviews with ACS Fellows and other individuals who are actively involved in Joining Forces—a national program to help ensure veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan receive the compassionate care they need and deserve. This article provides an update on the status of the Joining Forces initiative.

Modifications to ordering and certifying rules for physicians

A major modification in the final rule recently published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services eliminates the requirement that physicians be enrolled in Medicare to order, certify, or refer the services of physician specialists. This article provides details regarding this modification and other changes in the final rule, as well as what surgeons should know about the current requirements.

Governors’ Committee on Physician Competency and Health

Acknowledging the multiple challenges surgeons currently face, the Board of Governors’ Committee on Physician Competency and Health has continued its efforts to both delineate these issues and provide educational programs and support services aimed at promoting physician well-being. This article provides an update on the recent activities of the committee.

Announcing the Surgical Standards Manual Project: A call for volunteers

The ACS Clinical Research Program (CRP) asserts that the time is right to develop a manual that provides details regarding surgical standards, complete with checklists. This article provides an overview of why such a manual is needed at this time and offers a call for volunteers to help in developing these guidelines.

Flu vaccination standards set for ASCs and OBSs

In order to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission (TJC), ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and office-based surgery (OBS) practices must establish an annual influenza vaccination program for licensed independent practitioners and staff. This TJC accreditation requirement took effect July 1.


This column addresses the dangerous appeal of car surfing and provides statics for car surfing- related deaths and injuries. To examine the occurrence of car surfing injuries in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB) research dataset for 2010, admissions medical records were searched using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM).

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities: June 2012

This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the American College of Surgeons as of June 2012.

Dr. Jack W. McAninch receives 2012 Distinguished Service Award

Jack McAninch, MD, FACS, of San Francisco, CA, will receive the ACS 2012 Distinguished Service Award, the College’s highest honor, during the annual Clinical Congress in Chicago, IL. The award honors Dr. McAninch’s commitment to ACS initiatives and principles, his work as a surgeon and leader, and his dedication to educating students and surgeons.

Bulletin gets first makeover in more than 23 years

For the past nine months, the graphic designers in the American College of Surgeons Division of Integrated Communication have pooled their collective talents and experience in an effort to redesign the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. The September 2012 issue is the first edition of the Bulletin that follows this new format.

Fellows honored for volunteerism

The Board of Governors’ Committee on Socioeconomic Issues has announced the recipients of the 2012 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award and Surgical Volunteerism Awards.

Dr. Hoyt, Dr. Opelka present ACS views on Medicare payment issues

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive Director, spoke on Medicare payment reform during a July 18 House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing. On July 11, Frank Opelka, MD, FACS, Associate Medical Director of the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, represented the College at a Senate Finance Committee Roundtable on this same issue.

Celebrate the Centennial with a tour of ACS headquarters and Archives

The ACS invites all College members to take advantage of their time away from Clinical Congress sessions to tour the headquarters at 633 N. Saint Clair St. in Chicago, IL. The 45-minute tour will include a visit to the ACS Archives.

New Advisory Council for Rural Surgery offers several programs during Clinical Congress

As part of a commitment to surgeons who practice outside metropolitan areas, the Board of Regents established the ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery during its June 2012 meeting.

College hires new HR Director and promotes staffer to lead PI effort

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive Director, announced on July 9 that the College has filled two key positions on its Executive Team—the Director of Human Resources, and a brand new position, the Director of Performance Improvement.


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