Archive for July, 2013

Looking forward – July 2013

This month, Dr. Hoyt highlights the importance of the joint congressional committee proposal to address the complex challenges of Medicare’s payment system as well as the College’s Value-Based Update plan which ideally will replace the flawed sustainable growth rate formula used to calculate reimbursement.

The future of robotics: A dilemma for general surgeons

This article explores the benefits and challenges of adding robotics to general surgery practice and offers a look at the learning curve for safely introducing robotics into practice as it applies to both practicing surgeons and residents in training.

Who is behind the surgical drape? Understanding the role of anesthesiologist assistants

This article discusses the scope of practice for anesthesiologist assistants (AAs), explains how they are trained, and considers how AA services affect patient care.

100 years of surgical education: The past, present, and future

From the Halstedian training model to the impact of robotics on surgical training in the 21st century, this article examines the evolution of surgical education and highlights the importance of developing new approaches to training and evaluation of skills.

Maintenance of licensure moving forward

Because licensure is critical to surgical practice, it is important that surgeons have an understanding of how changes in licensing are likely to affect them in the coming years, as well as potential steps that may be necessary to maintain licensure. This article provides an overview of the Federation of State Medical Board’s efforts to develop maintenance of licensure program.

Centennial reprint: ACS launches program for surgeons to assess their knowledge

To help commemorate the ACS’ 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’s Centennial reprint is from the June 1971 issue and describes the rationale for developing the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program® and explains surgeons can use it to evaluate their own knowledge.

Clinical Congress 2013 Preliminary Program

The Clinical Congress Preliminary Program offers an overview of panel sessions, Postgraduate Courses, Named Lectures, Meet-the-Expert luncheons and other information related to the Clinical Congress, October 6-10, in Chicago, IL. The Preliminary Program for the 2013 Clinical Congress is available on pages 39-53 of the July 2013 print edition of the Bulletin. It is also […]

Bundled payment

The Clinical Congress preliminary program offers conference attendees an overview of panel sessions, Postgraduate Courses, Named Lectures, Meet-the-Expert luncheons and other information related to the Clinical Congress, October 6-10, in Chicago, IL.

Rural surgical practice requires new training model, offers great opportunities

Rural surgeons should be capable of providing emergency care for specialty surgical problems as well as for general surgery conditions. Several educational opportunities are currently available for residents to develop a wide range of skills, and this column provides an overview of some of these training models, including rural surgery rotations, dedicated training tracks, the immersion approach, and fellowship opportunities.

Retired surgeon satisfies desire to serve patients through primary care

This column provides advice for general surgeons contemplating retirement, discusses the importance of maintaining active licensure, and looks at the rewards and challenges of moving from general surgery to internal medicine.

What is the appropriate extent of lymphadenectomy for bladder cancer?

It is possible that the removal of additional lymph nodes may have only a small but beneficial therapeutic impact in patients with bladder cancer, according to the authors of this column, which highlights the critical role of lymphadenectomy as well as its limitations.

Medical device alarms pose safety issues for hospitals

Reducing risks related to alarm fatigue in hospitals and other health care settings is the focus of this month’s column, including recommendations for developing a safe alarm management process.

As the crow flies

The benefits and challenges regarding air medical transport are highlighted in this column, which examines the occurrence of scene-to-trauma center helicopter transports in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset for 2012.

Revitalized Leadership Conference motivates members to redefine roles and responsibilities

This article provides a summary of the 2013 Leadership Conference, which featured presentations on ACS infrastructure, the roles and responsibilities of College leaders, means of enhancing member engagement, and best practices for chapter leaders.

2013 Summit allows surgeons to put advocacy into action

Presented in conjunction with the ACS Leadership Conference, the Advocacy Summit is an opportunity to rally surgery’s collective grassroots advocacy voice. More than 200 surgeons spent one day learning about key issues at this year’s meeting before heading Capitol Hill to meet with their legislators and congressional staff.

Dr. Amin

AJCC names Mahul B. Amin, MD, FCAP, Editor-in-Chief of staging manual

The Executive Committee of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) named Mahul B. Amin, MD, FCAP, Editor-in-Chief of the upcoming eighth edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual.


A correction is noted for the article “ACS Board of Regents approves ACS Foundation Officers” in the May 2013 issue of the Bulletin.

ACS, Connecticut health care leaders discuss quality improvement and health care reform

The College hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Connecticut on April 26, in partnership with the ACS Connecticut Chapter and the Connecticut State Medical Society. In this 13th forum, surgeons, hospitals, health plans, physicians, and government leaders shared best practices for improving patient care, achieving better outcomes, and curbing rising health care costs.

Three new Clinical Scholars to begin as one completes College tenure

Three Clinical Scholars-in-Residence will begin two-year programs in July at the ACS headquarters in Chicago, IL, as the three-year tenure of Ryan P. Merkow, MD, MS, ended June 30.

ACS in the news

Print, broadcast, and online media around the world, including social media, frequently report on the work of the ACS. This news brief provides excerpts from news stories published from March to May 2013 that mention key ACS activities and initiatives, including research findings appearing in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.


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