Archive for June, 2014

ACS Revenue, 2008–2013

Looking forward – June 2014

The ACS Foundation’s Annual Report 2013 outlines notable Foundation activities for the past year, including the support of scholarship funds, fellowships, and other philanthropic activities.

The SGR repeal: How bad politics ruined sound policy

This article provides details on the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, which delays physician payment cuts resulting from the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and describes the politicking that prevented the passage of alternative legislation—the SGR Repeal Act—which offered a long-term solution to the Medicare physician payment problems.

World Innovation Summit for Health provides a global perspective on surgery

The inaugural World Innovation Summit for Health convened in Doha, Qatar, last December with more than 1,000 international delegates from 67 nations in attendance. The goal of the meeting was to identify practices and services that may contribute to the transformation of health care delivery around the globe.

Teaching the teacher: An ethical model for international surgical missions

This article describes the ongoing health care needs of patients in low-resource nations, describes the shortcomings of current efforts to deliver this care and foster surgical education in the developing world, and offers an ethical model for training a sustainable global surgical workforce.

And the beat goes on: Surgeons take a break from the OR to play in rock bands

A profile of three popular musical groups featuring surgeon and physician band members and the impact music has had on their personal and professional lives.

American College of Surgeons Foundation Annual Report, 2013

The ACS Foundation’s Annual Report 2013 outlines notable Foundation activities for the past year, including the support of scholarship funds, fellowships, and other philanthropic activities.

2012 RAS-ACS essay contest: Treating the Difficult Patient

Each year, the Communications Committee of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) selects a topic of interest to young surgeons and solicits essays from RAS-ACS members. Essays are judged by a panel of Communications Committee members, and the author of the winning essay receives $500. In addition, that essay and other leading submissions are published in the Bulletin. Unfortunately, the papers from the 2012 essay contest on Treating the Difficult Patient were never published. The Bulletin is pleased to present them now in this special supplement.

Avoiding the 2015 Medicare EHR Incentive Program penalty

This column discusses what surgeons need to know about the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program to avoid penalties in 2015 and provides other program updates.

Neoadjuvant cancer therapy: Benefitting patients and improving cancer care

The rationale for neoadjuvant therapy is explored in this month’s column along with a summary of Alliance clinical trials involving this treatment.

National Time Out Day focuses on every patient, every time

The benefit of developing time out policies, especially those that include full participation by all operating room team members is a reduction in wrong site, wrong procedure, and wrong person surgeries.

Flotation devices—Mae West style

This month’s column examines the occurrence of injuries where a personal flotation device was used as lifesaving measure in the NTDB research dataset for 2013.

2014 Leadership program: Emotional intelligence, mentoring are keys to effective performance

This article provides a summary of the Leadership program at the 2014 ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit. The Leadership program featured presentations on strengthening leadership and mentoring skills, chapter development and success stories, and the practical applications of emotional intelligence skills to enhance personal and professional relationships.

2014 Advocacy program: Attendees learn about traditions that influence legislative outcomes

Presented in conjunction with the ACS Leadership program, the Advocacy Summit is an opportunity to rally surgery’s collective grassroots advocacy voice. More than 280 surgeons attended meetings on Capitol Hill to confer with their legislators and congressional staff on key issues of importance to the College.

Drs. Frank Opelka and Patrick Bailey join ACS leadership team

The ACS has announced that Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, a colorectal surgeon and physician executive, and Patrick V. Bailey, MD, FACS, a pediatric surgeon, will join the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy this summer.

Frank T. Padberg, Sr., MD, FACS: ACS department director, DSA recipient, and trailblazer in neurosurgery

Frank T. Padberg, Sr., MD, FACS, passed away peacefully, April 5, at age 96, surrounded by his immediate family. Dr. Padberg was the Director of Fellowship and Graduate Medical Education at the College for more than a quarter of a century and a recipient of the College’s Distinguished Service Award.

Drs. Warshaw and Shah accorded RCSEd Honorary Fellowships

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) recognized the achievements of Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, President-Elect of the ACS, and Jatin P. Shah, MD, FACS, on April 25. Dr. Warshaw was awarded Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his work in pancreatic surgery and for his surgical leadership throughout his career. Dr. Shah received Honorary Fellowship from the RCSEd’s Faculty of Dental Surgery in recognition of his contributions to medicine, particularly in the field of oral oncology.

ACS Inspiring Quality Forum in South Carolina focuses on surgical checklists

The College hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum, South Carolina on March 28. The event was part of a series of Inspiring Quality programs aimed at infusing community participation into the national discussion on surgical quality improvement. Speakers at the forum, which was presented in partnership with Safe Surgery 2015 and the South Carolina Hospital Association, examined the successes of the Surgical Safety Checklist and best practices now used in all of the state’s operating rooms.

Register now for ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course

The ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course, June 19–22, in Chicago, IL, is an intensive three-and-a-half-day review course covering essential content areas in areas in general surgery.

Dr. Hall appointed co-chair of NQF Admissions and Readmissions Committee

ACS nominee Bruce Lee Hall, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, was recently appointed co-chair of the National Quality Forum’s Admissions and Readmissions Standing Committee.

Dr. Sachdeva delivers Ira A. Ferguson, MD, Lecture at Emory

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director of the ACS Division of Education, delivered the Ira A. Ferguson, MD, Lecture at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, in April. The presentation focused on issues involving the preparation of surgery residents for independent practice, new directions in residency education and training in surgery, and national programs to address transitions in surgical careers.


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