At Clinical Congress 2014, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced the formation of a strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and the establishment of the Military Health System Strategic Partnership American College of Surgeons (MHSSPACS). This collaboration of military and civilian surgeons helps to contribute to the participants’ shared culture of treating patients with an emphasis on education, research, humanitarian and disaster response, and systems-based health care.
The ACS Communities invites surgeons to join the new online Military Community. As a member of this community, you will assist the College in strengthening the military health system and the joint trauma system, as well as promoting education and training for military surgeons. Surgeons also may use the site to seek advice on surgical problems they are facing in remote areas where they are deployed. Users also may find the site serves as a valuable forum for connecting with surgeons with whom they trained or were deployed.
In addition, the College is developing a new ACS Military Chapter, the Excelsior Chapter, which will hold its inaugural meeting at Clinical Congress 2015. The goal is to encourage the participation of individuals interested in military surgery, including surgeons who are on active duty, deployed, retired, separated, or in training.
By logging onto this community, military surgeons will be able to contribute to the work being done through the ACS related to military surgical care, share advice on treatment of injured patients (in military or civilian settings), and assist in identifying areas where research might benefit military and civilian trauma care. Involvement in the Military Community may facilitate identification of military surgeons who might consider joining the ACS and assist those who are returning from deployment or considering separation in connecting with positions in academic or community practices.
To join the communities, log in to ACS Communities (if you have not specified otherwise in the College’s records, the default username is your eight-digit member ID, and the default password is your last name), go to “Browse All Communities” near the top of any page, and click the blue “Join” button next to the Military Community. For more information, contact M. Margaret “Peggy” Knudson, MD, FACS, Medical Director, MHSSPACS, at firstname.lastname@example.org.