Archive for April, 2020

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – April 2020

Dr. Hoyt summarizes the findings of a recent Ballast Research report that identifies the ACS as one of the most effective advocacy organizations in Washington, DC.

From Residency to Retirement

Databases: Where math meets medicine

Balancing statistical relevance with clinician experience leads to innovative approaches to patient care.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The following comments were received regarding recent physician wellness and work-life balance articles published in the Bulletin.

Dr. Burrell in 1910. (Courtesy of Harrison Museum of African American Culture, Roanoke, VA.)

Death of Dr. Isaac Burrell inspired black hospital movement

Dr. Burrell’s work in providing surgical care for African-American patients at the turn of the 20th century is described as is the evolution of the Black Hospital Movement.

Rural Surgery Verification

New ACS-led verification program aims to improve care for rural surgical patients

Identifies the development and goals of a new program for verifying surgical quality in rural hospitals.

Rural Surgery Verification

Michigan hospital participates in first pilot site visit for new ACS rural surgery verification program

The rural verification standards evaluated during the MMMC-Alpena pilot site visit are summarized as are lessons learned for future pilot site visits.

The evolution of lung cancer surgery contributes to the sharpest drop in overall cancer mortality in the U.S.

The evolution of lung cancer surgery contributes to the sharpest drop in overall cancer mortality in the U.S.

This article describes the advancements in early detection and surgical treatment of lung cancer that led to improved lung cancer survival from a thoracic surgeon’s perspective.

ACS COT participates in study to develop comparative data on trauma care organization

ACS COT participates in study to develop comparative data on trauma care organization

The development of the CAFE study is summarized as is its role in determining variation in trauma patient care.

ACS seal

Statement on Suicide Prevention

The Statement on Suicide Prevention was developed by the ACS COT’s Committee on Injury Prevention and Control and was approved by the Board of Regents at its February meeting in Chicago, IL.


Early-stage prostate cancer decision aids for diverse patient populations

The aim of the Alliance A191402CD trial is to evaluate the use of decision aids for men choosing treatment for located prostate cancer, particularly in minority populations.

ACS Quality and Case Studies

Keep calm and stay out of the ICU: A comprehensive approach to reducing unplanned ICU admissions

The results of a quality improvement initiative to decrease unplanned intensive care unit admissions at Geisinger-CMC, Scranton, PA, are summarized.

A look at The Joint Commission

Improving professionalism among physicians and surgeons

Strategies for monitoring and minimizing stressors that can lead to unprofessional behavior are outlined in this month’s column, including promoting peer accountability and support.

ACS News

Check your inbox for Bulletin: ACS COVID-19 Updates

The ACS is publishing a twice-weekly Bulletin: ACS COVID-19 Updates designed to keep the membership informed and updated on best practices.


SSR helps surgeons track outcomes for reporting purposes

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR™) has a legacy of positively affecting patient care by serving the needs of individual surgeons in tracking their cases, measuring outcomes, and complying with the changing regulatory requirements. Over the course of more than a decade, the SSR has developed from the original Case Log […]

Coming next month in JACS and online now: Simple manometric index for comprehensive esophagogastric junction barrier competency against gastroesophageal reflux

Researchers outline an approach for improving the evaluation of clinical strategies for gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Mary Edwards Walker, MD

Call for nominations for Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award

Nominations for the annual Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award are now being accepted.

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award

CoC announces 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award recipients

The ACS Commission on Cancer has granted its year-end 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award to a select group of accredited cancer programs throughout the U.S.

Dr. Healy

Apply for Gerald B. Healy, MD, FACS, Traveling Mentorship Fellowship

Applications are being accepted through May 15 for the Gerald B. Healy, MD, FACS, Traveling Mentorship Fellowship.

Chapter News

Chapter news

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


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