Archive for September, 2017

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – September 2017

Dr. Hoyt’s column highlights the Scientific Program of Clinical Congress 2017, as well as other educational and member engagement opportunities offered during the annual meeting.

Federal Legislative Priorities

ACS pushes forward on federal legislative priorities

ACS advocacy-related activities for the first half of 2017 are described, and updates on the CoC and Stop the Bleed initiatives are provided.

Federal Legislative Priorities

Using advocacy to advance ACS policy priorities for surgeons and their patients

Describes how a bill becomes a law, the four congressional committees that have jurisdiction over most health care legislation, and how ACS DAHP tracks relevant legislation.

Physicians gathered outside the Wisconsin Senate Chamber for Wisconsin Doctor Day 2017

ACS Chapter Lobby Days Program: Surgeons work the halls of state capitols to advocate for the profession

The advocacy-related activities of several ACS chapters this year—many supported by the ACS Chapter Lobby Day Grant program—are summarized.

Latin America

Acute care surgery’s role in expanding the surgical workforce in Latin America

The link between LCoGS indicator 2 and acute care surgery education and training are outlined as is acute care surgery’s role in responding to World Health Assembly resolution 68.15.

Dr. Zalamea (left) performing a right inguinal hernia repair on a young boy in Victorias, December 8, 2015

International volunteerism: Dr. Zalamea leads collaborative mission in the Philippines

Describes two collaborative international volunteerism programs that provide care to underserved patients in the Philippines.

The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative: Multidisciplinary quality improvement in tracheostomy care

The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative’s mission is highlighted as are the five key drivers of tracheostomy care improvement.

Doctor with file

Alternative Payment Models

Summarizes the purpose of Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and the ACS-Brandeis Advanced (A-APM) proposal.

Figure 2. Preston perioperative patient tobacco cards

Preoperative smoking cessation: Every patient, every operation

Summarizes the challenges and benefits of launching a preoperative smoking cessation program.

Figure 1. The Surgical Staircase

Surgical training, global surgery, and a generally applicable training model

The Surgicon Project and its  global surgical training methodology are examined.

ACS Clinical Research Program

ACS CRP sponsors educational sessions at Clinical Congress 2017

A summary of five ACS CRP Clinical Congress 2017 sessions is provided.

The covert operations performed on President Grover Cleveland

President Cleveland’s secret operation performed aboard a friend’s private yacht is the focus of this month’s column.

The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission releases new measures for hip and knee replacement operations

Details regarding The Joint Commission’s four new performance measures for advanced certification in total hip and knee replacement are provided.

Figure 1. Hospital discharge status

Gone retroviral: Trauma and HIV

This month’s column examines the occurrence of injured patients with a diagnosis of HIV in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.

Dr. Finley

Richard J. Finley, MD, FACS, FRCSC, to receive Distinguished Service Award

Richard J. Finley, MD, FACS, FRCSC, a general thoracic surgeon, has been selected to receive this year’s Distinguished Service Award, the College’s highest honor.

Dr. Cropsey (seated) with his wife, Shirley, at KKMCH in 2002. Shirley became a nurse anesthesiologist after her and Dr. Cropsey’s four children, who were raised in Togo, went to college.

Surgeons honored for volunteerism and humanitarianism

The Board of Governors’ Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup has announced  the recipients of the 2017 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award and Surgical Volunteerism Awards.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

ACS releases quality and safety manual

The Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety manual, which introduces key concepts in quality, safety, and reliability, is intended for surgeon leaders seeking to improve patient care.

Official notice: Annual Business Meeting of Members, American College of Surgeons

The Annual Business Meeting of Members of the ACS will take place at Clinical Congress 2017 on Wednesday, October 25, at the San Diego Convention Center, CA.

Dr. Buyske

Dr. Jo Buyske to serve as next ABS executive director

Jo Buyske, MD, FACS, has been elected as the next executive director of the American Board of Surgery.

Operation Giving Back

OGB convenes informational meetings at Clinical Congress 2017

Operation Giving Back, the volunteerism initiative of the ACS, will host two informational meetings at Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA.


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