Archive for June, 2017

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – June 2017

Dr. Hoyt describes strategies to fill gaps in trauma care discussed at the Achieving Zero Preventable Deaths conference held at the National of Institutes of Health earlier this year.

Out of unspeakable tragedy comes progress in bleeding control

Updates on the Stop the Bleed® campaign are summarized, including the College’s ongoing role in this initiative, specifically training the public to be immediate responders at mass casualty events.

Bleeding control training: An opportunity for local volunteerism, community engagement, and peer education

A young surgeon describes how he implemented a Stop the Bleed® training program in Rochester, NY.

New adult trauma center on Chicago’s South Side will treat violence as a disease

A new adult trauma center in Chicago is a model for centers across the U.S. that treat patients in areas marked by high rates of violence.

Implementing World Health Assembly Resolution 68.15: National surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia strategic plan development—the Zambian experience

This article describes the application of World Health Assembly Resolution 68.15 to provide improved access to surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia care in Zambia.

Domestic volunteerism: Dr. Freiwald brings surgical care to uninsured patients in San Diego

Dr. Friewald, recipient of the 2016 Domestic Surgical Volunteerism Award, describes her work with Project Access San Diego, an organization focused on improving community health and support for physicians through engaged volunteerism.

2016 ACS Governors Survey: MACRA: Are surgeons ready?

Surgeons’ views of the payment reforms implemented through MACRA, based on the findings of the 2016 ACS Governors Survey, are summarized.


ACS CRP Dissemination and Implementation Committee issues call for participants in pilot project

The mission of the Dissemination and Implementation Committee—to provide surgeons with practice-changing results of the Alliance and other national clinical trial groups—is summarized.

New resources available for your personal and professional development

This month’s column highlights both personal and professional development resources available to members of the College.

The Joint Commission

Time-outs and their role in improving safety and quality in surgery

Errors related to misuse of time-outs and checklists as determined by The Joint Commission are highlighted as is the theme of this year’s National Time Out Day.

Figure 1. Hospital discharge status

Asleep at the wheel: Obstructive sleep apnea

This month’s column examines the occurrence of injured motor vehicle drivers with obstructive sleep apnea in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.

Dr. Starzl

In memoriam: Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, FACS, organ transplantation pioneer

Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, FACS, a trailblazing transplant surgeon, died March 4 at age 90.

The Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery Project

CQGS releases preliminary standards for quality surgical care for older adults

The Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery launched its alpha pilot phase in January to determine reviewer feedback on its hospital-level surgical care standards for older adults.

Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery

New ACS surgical practice guidelines now include patient education

The ACS Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery modules provide surgeons with peer-review recommendations and new patient education information for use at the point of care.

Dr. Kane

Chapter news

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

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Coming next month in JACS and online now: Twenty-year experience with aorto-enteric fistula repair: Gastrointestinal complications predict mortality

This news brief highlights a JACS article indicating that approximately half of aorto-enteric fistula repair patients die within 60 days during a 20-year period.

Dr. Foster

ACS awards six Resident Research Scholarships
for 2017–2019

The recipients of the ACS Resident Research Scholarships for 2017–2019 are announced.

Dr. Smith

Faculty Research Fellows for 2017–2019 announced

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has awarded five Faculty Research Fellowships for 2017. These two-year fellowships are offered to surgeons entering careers in general surgery or a surgical speciality and carry awards of $40,000 per year from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019. Faculty Research Fellowships are sponsored by the ACS Foundation’s Scholarship […]

Dr. Pryor

Health Policy Scholars for 2017 selected

A total of 18 surgeons will attend the Leadership Program for Health Policy and Management in June at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.


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