Archive for August, 2014

Looking forward – August 2014

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt provides an overview of the Leadership Development Program, which provides training on conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, and leadership personality assessment to ACS staff.

Making the transition from mentee to mentor

This article focuses on the importance of mentoring for residents, describes the qualities of effective mentors, and offers suggestions for how young surgeons can make the transition from mentee to mentor.

What does the ACA mean for residents and their future practice?

Major provisions in the Affordable Care Act are described, including insurance exchanges, employer-based coverage, and quality improvement efforts with an emphasis on what they mean for residents and their future as health care providers.

Surgical education and training at the crossroads between medical school and residency

Surgical training challenges resulting from variations in technical, cognitive, and other competencies among graduating medical school students is the focus of this article. This piece also identifies the constraints some graduate medical education programs face in assisting physicians as they transition from medical school to surgical training.

Coaching and mentoring modern surgeons

Mentoring styles, with an emphasis on the mosaic model, are discussed in this article, along with recommendations for successful mentoring, guidelines for applying ACS values to the mentor/mentee relationship, and qualities mentees should exhibit to forge a mutually beneficial relationships with their role models.

The “bionic” era: Exploring the use of advanced technology in surgery

Advances such as infrared and fluorophore technology, wearable technology such as Google Glass, and 3-D printing are described in this article.

The e-volution of the 21st century surgeon

This article highlights the effects of advanced surgical technology—including the expansive growth of minimally invasive procedures across surgical specialties and the increasing number of robot-assisted operations—on health cre delivery and evolving patient expectations.

The five-year general surgery residency: Reform or revolution?

The future of general surgery residency, which will be debated at this year’s RAS-ACS Symposium at the 2014 Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA, is the subject of this article.

Statement on peak performance and management of fatigue

The following statement on peak performance and fatigue was developed by the ACS Committee to Enhance Peak Performance in Surgery through Recognition and Mitigation of Fatigue through general consensus and approved by the Board of Regents.

Statement on the effects of tobacco use on surgical complications and the utility of smoking cessation counseling

This statement on the effects of tobacco was developed by the Patient Education Committee of the ACS Division of Education and approved by the Board of Regents.

NCDB and ACS-CRP: Working together to develop risk-stratified strategies for surveillance

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has awarded three research funding contracts to the ACS Cancer Research Program of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology with the goal of developing a more patient-centered and individualized approach to post-treatment surveillance of colorectal, breast, and lung cancers.

New draft guideline to prevent SSI

This month’s column examines recommended updates to the “Draft Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections (SSI)” for the development, implementation, and evaluation of infection prevention programs in health care settings.

NTDB Alcohol use

BYOB helmet

This month’s column examines the occurrence of bicyclist injuries and the effects of helmets and other protective devices based on information in the NTDB research dataset for 2013.

Robin T. Cotton, MD, FACS, FRCSC, receives 2014 ACS Jacobson Innovation Award

Robin T. Cotton, MD, FACS, FRCSC, a pediatric otolaryngologist from Cincinnati, OH, is the recipient of the ACS 2014 Jacobson Innovation Award.

C. Barber Mueller, MD, FACS, FRCSC, recognized for contributions to the ACS and academic surgery

C. Barber “Barb” Mueller, MD, FACS, FRCSC, former Second Vice-President of the ACS and the 1984 recipient of the College’s Distinguished Service Award, died February 13 in Hamilton, ON, at the age of 97.

Probability of surgical complications for smokers

ACS commemorates 50-year anniversary of Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health

January 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, and this news story summarizes surgeons’ involvement in smoking cessation efforts since that landmark report was published.

Dr. Friedlaender (right) with AAOS President Joshua Jacobs, MD.

Members in the news

The newsworthy accomplishments of ACS members are summarized in this news brief.

Puerto Rico Chapter meeting, from left: Dr. Turner; Yvonne Baerga-Varela, MD, FACS, Past-President, Puerto Rico Chapter; Norma Cruz-Korchin, MD, FACS; Fernando Joglar, MD, FACS, Chair, Regional Committee, Trauma, Puerto Rico.

Chapter news – August 2014

ACS chapters meetings, events, and award presentations are summarized.

Dr. Heriot

2014 Australia-New Zealand, Japan, and German Exchange Travelers announced

The Australian-New Zealand, Japan, and German Exchange Travelers for 2014 are announced.

Applications for Resident Research Scholarships due September 2

The ACS is now accepting applications for six 2015 Resident Research Scholarships.


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