Archive for October, 2014

Dr. Russell

Looking forward – October 2014

The legacy and accomplishments of Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, former ACS Executive Director who died on August 4, are the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month.

Flood waters in the Metropolitan Hospital kitchen.

Lessons in collaboration: New York surgeons look back at Superstorm Sandy

To mark the second anniversary of the storm, this article recounts the events that took place at Bellevue and Metropolitan hospitals and describes their collaborative efforts to safely evacuate, transfer, and provide care to patients.

State lobby days build bridges

This article summarizes the 2014 ACS chapter lobby days, provides an overview of current advocacy issues in each state, and highlights how some chapters organize their Day at the State Capitol program.

The ACS NSQIP Geriatric Surgery Pilot Project: Improving care for older surgical patients

An overview of the ACS NSQIP Geriatric Surgery Pilot Project and its primary aim—to evaluate specific geriatric variables for incorporation into the ACS NSQIP set of essential variables—is provided in this article.

Dr. Price

Past recipients of the ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards: Where are they now?

Since 2003, 38 individuals have received the ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards, and this article provides updates on a few past recipients and their recent accomplishments.

The YFA Essay Contest: Introduction

The introduction to the first place winner of the inaugural ACS Young Fellows Association Essay Contest highlights the inspiration for this year’s theme.

First YFA Essay Contest winner: The promise of a profession lies within us

The first YFA Essay Contest winner reveals his thoughts on overcoming the financial, legal, regulatory, and other challenges facing the surgical profession today.

Adverse behaviors and their effect on credentialing and licensure

This article outlines steps for physicians who have lost their credentials and licensure to reinstate themselves as productive members of the medical community.

Expected State Sites for PCORnet’s Partner Networks

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

This column discusses the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s focus on patient-centered care, comparative effectiveness research, and research funding. It also provides information on how surgeons can get involved.

ACS intervenes to resolve questions about the 96-hour rule

This month’s column provides an overview of the 96-hour rule and the ACS’ efforts to develop a legislative solution to repeal the law.

QOL concerns in surgical patients: Assessment and intervention

Deficits in perioperative quality of life and rehabilitation programs are described in this article, as are practical interventions for integrating the patient’s perspective into care management.

The Joint Commission reports increase in robotic surgery-related sentinel events

Although current robotic surgery systems are designed to minimize potential patient harm, The Joint Commission provides recommendation on actions surgeons and health care institutions can take to further reduce risks.

Figure 1. Hospital Discharge Status

Unanticipated withdrawal

This month’s column examines the occurrence of injuries in which alcohol withdrawal was involved by searching the admissions records in the NTDB dataset for 2013.

Dr. Meredith

J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, chosen as 2014 Distinguished Service Award recipient

For his contributions to the ACS, trauma care, and the field of surgery, J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, has been selected to receive this year’s Distinguished Service Award during the Convocation ceremonies at the 2014 Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Russell

In memoriam: Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, remembered for his enduring contributions to the ACS

Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, Executive Director of the ACS from January 2000 to January
2010, died August 4 at his ranch in Philo, CA, at age 73 after a four-year battle with cancer.

Dr. Cioffi (center) with Dr. David Harrington, MD, FACS, Past-Chair of the Rhode Island COT, and Senator Reed.

ACS-supported trauma legislation discussed at press conference

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) participated in a tour of the trauma division and burn center at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence on August 29, and joined a press conference there with William Cioffi, Jr., MD, FACS, where they discussed recently enacted trauma legislation and trauma bills pending before Congress.

Preserving MICRA and patient access to surgical care in California

The need to preserve MICRA in California is essential to ensure the integrity of caps on noneconomic damages in other states and to ensure ongoing access to the millions of new patients who have health insurance coverage through Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange.

MOC review course offered at Clinical Congress

The ACS 2014 Clinical Congress will feature a Didactic Course titled Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Review: Essentials for Surgical Specialties, which will address fundamentals common across the surgical specialties.

New CME information for 2014 Clinical Congress attendees

This news brief highlights how attendees at Clinical Congress 2014 can fulfill new Maintenance of Certification Part 2 requirements and claim continuing medical education and Self-Assessment credits.

Register now for 2014 Outcomes Research Course, December 4–6, in Chicago, IL

The 2014 Outcomes Research Course will take place December 4–6 at the ACS headquarters in Chicago, IL, and is designed for clinical and health services researchers with varying degrees of experience in the field.


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