Archive for February, 2015

The Great Mace

Looking forward – February 2015

The strategic partnership between the ACS and U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System, which aims to improve educational and research capabilities for both parties, is summarized in this month’s column.

Dr. Pellegrini and Dr. Warshaw

Highlights of the 2014 Clinical Congress

The 2014 Clinical Congress provided surgeons, medical students, surgical residents, and other members of the operating room team with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of educational experiences. This wrap-up summarizes key events at the meeting including the Convocation, Named Lectures, and awards winners and honorees.

The disruptive physician: Addressing the issues

This article describes how disruptive physician behavior impedes optimal patient care and offers a step-by-step approach to addressing this type of conduct.

Dr. Dunn

Patient loss: Surgeons describe how they cope

Strategies for coping with the difficulty of patient loss are provided in this article along with advice for individuals considering careers in surgery.

The benefits of attending a 2015 ACS Surgical Coding Workshop

An overview of ACS coding workshops, including benefits of attendances, topics covered, and registration information is provided in this month’s column.

ACS develops ICD-9 to ICD-10 crosswalk to assist in billing

To assist surgeons with the transition to ICD-10, the ACS has developed an ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM crosswalk of the most frequently reported general surgery diagnosis codes.

Hospitals continue to improve on surgical care accountability measures

The Top Performer on Key Quality Measures program is summarized in this month’s column.

Figure 2. Case fatality rate by Injury Severity Score

2014 Pediatric Report: How severe is it?

The 2014 Annual Pediatric Report of the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB®)—which outlines a variety of issues regarding the current state of care for injured pediatric patients in the U.S. and Canada—is highlighted in this month’s column.

Letters to the Editor

The following comments were received regarding recent articles published in the Bulletin.

Dr. Thal

In memoriam: Renowned trauma surgeon and former COT Chair, Erwin Thal, MD, FACS

Erwin R. Thal, MD, FACS, 78, a world-renowned trauma surgeon, and a dedicated Fellow of the ACS for more than 43 years, died of heart failure December 13, 2014, at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, University of Texas, Dallas.

AMA House of Delegates takes action on spectrum of issues

This report summarizes the topics addressed by the College’s delegation at the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates meeting in November 2014.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities, October 2014

This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the ACSas of October 2014.

Japan Chapter

Chapter news

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

Disciplinary actions taken

This report details the disciplinary actions the ACS Board of Regents took at its June 6 and October 25, 2014, meetings.

General McChrystal

Registration now open for 2015 Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Registration is now open for the ACS 2015 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, April 18–21, at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC.


A correction is noted for the article Presidential Address: Achieving our personal best—Back to the Future of the American College of Surgeons” published in the December 2014 Bulletin.

Study examines effects of duty-hour reforms on surgical patients

Duty-hour restrictions have had no significant effect on the outcomes for general surgery patients, according to a study in the December 10, 2014, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Jacobson Promising Investigator Award deadline extended to March 27 

The application deadline for the 2015 Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award has been extended to March 27, 2015.

ACS in the News

This summary provides excerpts from external media outlets covering research and activities from the 2014 ACS Clinical Congress.

Dr. McBee

Oweida Scholar reports on experience at Clinical Congress

The Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholar, John M. McBee, MD, FACS, reports on his experiences at the 2014 Clinical Congress.


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