Archive for February, 2013

Looking forward – February 2013

The Committee on the ACS Transition to Practice Fellowship in General Surgery is charged with developing fellowships for young surgeons who are leaving residency and entering into the practice of general surgery. Dr. Hoyt’s column explains how the program is intended to help fill perceived gaps in training today and provides an overview of the program’s pilot testing phase in several sites within regions currently underserved by general surgery trainees.

A win for all: Faculty-student partnerships in surgical humanitarianism

There is a long history of incorporating an educational component into both long-term and short-term surgical missions. The purpose of this article is to identify the major benefits of medical student-dominated efforts, and reconcile the many criticisms and limitations of such projects.

Pursuing a career in humanitarian and rural surgery: When is the best time to start?

Because more and more trainees in surgery are showing an interest in providing surgical care in resource-limited settings and because the number of rural surgeons in America continues to decline, it is important to inform future surgeons regarding how they can establish a career in volunteer and rural surgery. This article offers some suggestions on how surgical residents—especially those training at community-based teaching hospitals—can forge a career path in rural and humanitarian surgery.

Twitter usage at Clinical Congress rises markedly over two years

In just two years, Twitter use among members of the College has increased dramatically. This article provides an update on Twitter usage at the 2012 Clinical Congress, including live-tweeting during panel sessions and the role of new Twitter correspondents at the meeting.

2012 elections: $6 billion status quo

This article provides an overview of the 2012 national elections and explores their effect on surgery. It also describes the impact of increased campaign spending, the role of the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC, and ways surgeons can get involved in the political process.

Centennial reprint: Committee on the Treatment of Fractures offers principles on caring for patients

To help commemorate the College’s 100th anniversary, the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons is reprinting articles centered on the issues and developments that have defined the character and integrity of the organization throughout its history. This month, the Bulletin is reprinting an article from the March 1931 issue titled The Principles and Outline of Fracture Treatment.

ACS Foundation Annual Report 2011-2012

The ACS Foundation’s Annual Report 2011-2012 outlines notable Foundation activities for the past year, including the support of scholarship funds and fellowships, and provides comments from members of the Fellows Leadership Society.

The Physician Compare website

This column provides information on how the expansion of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s Physician Compare website may affect surgeons.

Coding for hospital admission, consultations, and emergency department visits

Coding for evaluation and management (E/M) services has become even more complex due to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ recent decision to reject the use of consultation codes and institute observation codes. This column provides sample cases that explain how to appropriately code for E/M services for a typical general surgery patient.

ACS and The Joint Commission partner on project to decrease risk of colorectal SSIs

This column highlights a collaborative project of the American College of Surgeons and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aimed at reducing colorectal surgical site infections (SSIs). The joint effort saved seven participating health care institutions more than $3.7 million, with a total of 135 SSIs that were averted through the two-and-a-half-year project.

2012 Pediatric Report: Devastating at any age

The 2012 Pediatric Report of the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB®) is highlighted in this month’s column. The purpose of this report is to inform the medical community, the public, and decision makers about a variety of issues that characterize the current state of care for injured pediatric patients in the U.S.

Joseph E. Murray, MD, FACS, opened doors for transplant surgeons

The life and achievements of 1990 Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Murray, MD, FACS—a former Regent and First Vice-President of the ACS and a pioneer in organ transplantation—are highlighted in this article.

MyATLS ranked in top 100 of all medical apps

MyATLS, the mobile trauma services app developed by the ACS Committee on Trauma, marks the first time that physicians and first responders to emergency medical situations have access to a mobile ATLS app that is ready for use at the patient’s bedside, in areas of the hospital with restricted Internet access, or in the field.

Nominations for 2013 volunteerism and humanitarian awards due February 22

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2013 Surgical Volunteerism Award and Surgical Humanitarian Award.

RQRS increases compliance rates to NQF quality measures for cancer care

Participation in the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) considerably increases how well Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer programs report adherence to quality measures for breast and colorectal cancer, according to research findings presented November 30 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Care Symposium in San Diego, CA.

College and American Cancer Society team up to present Atlanta IQ forum

The ACS and the American Cancer Society hosted the Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Georgia on December 12, 2012, the eleventh in a series of national discussions on how quality improvement efforts enhance surgical patient safety and reduce costs.

Call for nominations for ACS Board of Regents

The 2013 Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors will select nominees for pending vacancies on the Board of Regents that will need to be filled during the 2013 Clinical Congress.

Stay current by using ACS member e-mail forwarding benefit

Fellows are encouraged to go to to register for service that ensures all e-mail from the College is promptly forwarded to their current e-mail addresses.

Call for nominations for ACS Board of Governors

The College has issued a call for nominations for Fellows to serve on the ACS Board of Governors.

Call for nominations for ACS Officers-Elect

The 2013 Nominating Committee of the Fellows will select nominees for the three Officer-Elect positions of the ACS: President-Elect, First Vice-President-Elect, and Second Vice-President-Elect.


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