Archive for January, 2015

Looking forward – January 2015

Realize the Potential of Your Profession—a new campaign highlighting the benefits of Fellowship particularly for young surgeons—is the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month.

2015 Medicare fee schedule: How the changes will affect surgical practice

An overview of the provisions in the Medicare physician fee schedule that will affect reimbursement for surgeons in 2015 is provided in this article.

Colonoscopy Decision Tree

2015 CPT coding changes will have mixed effects on payment for general surgeons

This article summarizes changes to Current Procedural Terminology codes regarding reporting and payment information relevant to general surgery and closely related specialties.

Map of Mozambique showing primary referral hospitals of Chókwè, Nhamatanda, and Ribáuè

Universities form research partnership to improve care in Mozambique

An overview of a medical education and research partnership between Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique and the University of California, San Diego, is provided in this article, along with suggestions for improving surgical care in other low-income countries.

Jacobson award

Profiles in surgical research: Michael R. Harrison, MD, FACS

Michael R. Harrison, MD, FACS, widely acknowledged for his pioneering work in fetal surgery, is the first subject of a new series of articles highlighting prominent ACS surgeon-scientists.

The 2014 RAS-ACS annual essay contest: When I want to quit and why I don’t

Each year, the Communications Committee of the RAS-ACS selects a topic of broad interest to young surgeons and solicits from interested members brief essays on the subject. This year’s theme—When I Want to Quit and Why I Don’t—highlights the benefits and challenges of being a surgeon.

The patient’s wound I carry with me

This essay underscores the lasting effect  an  individual patient—in this case a surgical amputee—can have on surgical residents.

Why we stay: For the patients yet to come

Keeping an inventory of the positives and negatives of a general surgery residency inspires this surgeon to pursue her chosen field.


Personal and professional struggles solidify a resident’s determination to persevere and complete the program.

A chosen path

Overcoming emotional adversity, specifically a spouse’s illness, prepares this surgeon to understand the emotional challenges that her patients face.


This essay reveals the power of gratitude and its effect on surgical residents.

Dr. Warshaw


The ACS Officers, Regents, and Board of Governors’ Executive Committee were elected at the Annual Business Meeting of the 2014 Clinical Congress.

Dr. Weissler

Board of Regents

The ACS Officers, Regents, and Board of Governors’ Executive Committee were elected at the Annual Business Meeting of the 2014 Clinical Congress.

Dr. Michelassi

Board of Governors’ Executive Committee

The ACS Officers, Regents, and Board of Governors’ Executive Committee were elected at the Annual Business Meeting of the 2014 Clinical Congress.

Statement on trauma center designation based upon system need

The following statement on trauma center designation was developed by the ACS Committee on Trauma’s Trauma Systems Evaluation and Planning Committee and was approved by the Board of Regents.

Guam map

Guam surgeons face unique challenges

This month’s column reveals similarities between rural surgery practice in mainland U.S. and Guam and demonstrates how the newly formed ACS Guam Chapter helps resolve issues related to professional isolation.


College’s ancient Irish deer antlers have a storied history

The history of a treasured ACS artifact—ancient Irish elk antlers symbolizing international unity and professional admiration—is summarized in this month’s column.

Surgeons should play leading role in Safety Leadership Rounds

This month’s column underscores the importance of Safety Leadership Rounds or WalkRounds to enhance patient safety and develop open lines of communication.

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Annual Report 2014: How severe is it?

The 2014 Annual Report of the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB®)—an updated analysis of the largest aggregation of U.S. and Canadian trauma registry data—is highlighted in this month’s column.

Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS, elected Chair, Board of Regents

Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS, was elected Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeonsat the 2014 Clinical Congress.


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