Archive for February, 2020
Looking forward – February 2020
Dr. Hoyt and his co-author provide a status update of the ACS-COSECSA Surgical Training Collaborative, which was pilot tested at Hawassa University in Ethiopia in 2019, and plans for moving the program forward.
Letters to the Editor
The following comments were received regarding recent articles published in the Bulletin.
Olga M. Jonasson, MD, Lecture: Recapturing the joy of surgery
This edited version of the Olga M. Jonasson Lecture, delivered by Carol E.H. Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, at Clinical Congress 2019, outlines strategies for surgeons to enhance personal and professional fulfillment.
ACS continues to press for a congressional solution to surprise medical bills
Provides an update on congressional surprise billing proposals and identifies approaches for enhancing insurers’ transparency.
Committee on Trauma advocates for improved care of severely injured patients
Summarizes ACS COT advocacy priorities at the local and federal levels and provides updates on firearm injury prevention, Stop the Bleed, and trauma funding.
Young-onset colorectal cancer: American Cancer Society issues new screening guidelines
Outlines the American Cancer Society’s new guidelines for colorectal cancer screening in patients younger than 50 years old and describes the rationale for developing the new recommendations.
RAS Communications Committee Essay Contest: Cut it out: Changing the status quo
Laura F. Goodman, MD, MPH, RAS Communications Committee essay winner, outlines the benefits of fostering an inclusive environment within the surgical profession.
Hospital-based preoperative clinic applies ERAS and Strong for Surgery guidelines to optimize patients for surgery
The results of an ERAS initiative and a Strong for Surgery checklist applied to colorectal surgery patients at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, TX, are summarized.
ACS Clinical Research Program sessions at Clinical Congress 2019: A recap
A summary of the ACS Clinical Research Program sessions at Clinical Congress 2019 is provided.
Biliary tract cancers: NCDB role in rare malignancy
The potential role of NCDB data in treating rare malignancy is explored.
Revisiting To Err Is Human 20 years later
This month’s column examines the seminal report To Err Is Human, published two decades ago by the National Academy of Medicine, within the context of modern day, quality-related challenges.
A surgeon’s Woodstock
The selfless actions of a surgeon who treated patients at the iconic Woodstock Festival underscore the range of surgical skills and compassion that surgeons of all generations would benefit from possessing.
Dateline DC: An overview of recent DAHP responses to requests for feedback from regulatory agencies
The American College of Surgeons submits numerous comments to rules, responses to requests for information, and other letters to the Department of Health and Human Services each year.
TQIP annual meeting identifies new approaches to trauma care
A recap of the 2019 TQIP meeting—including lessons learned from a live trauma simulation, TQIP and COT progress reports, applying high-reliability concepts in trauma, and strategies for implementing hospital-based injury prevention programs—is provided.
Participate in the 2020 Leadership & Advocacy Summit
Registration is open for the 2020 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, March 28–31, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.
ACS and MacLean Center offer fellowships in surgical ethics
The ACS Division of Education and the MacLean Center at the University of Chicago, IL, are offering two fellowships in surgical ethics.
AMA House of Delegates interim meeting tackles health care issues
This report summarizes the topics that the College’s delegation addressed at the American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting in November 2019.
Register for 2020 ACS Residents as Teachers and Leaders Course
Registration is open for the 14th annual Residents as Teachers and Leaders Course, hosted by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education. The 2020 program, March 20–22 at the ACS headquarters in Chicago, IL, is designed specifically for surgery residents and will address the essential nonclinical skills—teaching and leading—that are required for success as […]
Disciplinary actions taken in 2019
The disciplinary actions taken by the ACS Board of Regents in 2019 are summarized.
Coming next month in JACS, and online now: Statewide prehabilitation program and episode payment in Medicare beneficiaries
A study published in the March Issue of JACS found that participation in a prehabilitation program was associated with shorter length of stay and lower total episode payments after surgery.