Archive for March, 2021

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – March 2021

Describes the role of the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC and outlines the benefits of putting aside personal politics when approaching elected officials and policymakers with, as well as colleagues.

Enhanced web-side manner and digital inclusivity are key to maintaining telehealth momentum

Identifies the benefits of virtual patient care and outlines strategies that support digital inclusivity in telehealth.

Leveraging knowledge management for better quality surgical care: An introduction

HIGHLIGHTS Summarizes the evolution of knowledge management and its applications in health care Describes the benefits of knowledge management including enhanced collaboration, reduced preventable medical errors, and increased innovation Identifies how knowledge management can be applied to each step of the modern care model Outlines the challenges related to knowledge management services, particularly implementation Approximately […]

Susan Dimock, MD, pioneering American physician

HIGHLIGHTS Outlines the academic and professional accomplishments of Dr. Dimock, one of the first U.S. women surgeons Identifies key mentors who influenced and inspired Dr. Dimock Describes the enduring significance of a neck tumor operation performed by Dr. Dimock in 1873 Editor’s note: This study originated in research conducted by Susan Wilson for her work-in-progress, […]

2020 ACS Governors Survey: SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the use of telemedicine

Editor’s note: The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors (B/G) conducts an annual survey of its domestic and international members. The purpose of the survey is to provide a means of communicating the concerns of the Governors to the College leadership. The 2020 ACS Governors Survey, conducted in June and July 2020 by […]

Making the most of virtual interviews with surgical training programs

HIGHLIGHTS Identifies the benefits of virtual interviews, including efficiency and reduced costs Summarizes survey findings related to trainee and medical student in-person interview experiences Provides suggestions for preparing for surgical fellowship or residency program virtual interviews The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound impact on the medical field, with far-reaching and practice-altering effects on […]

The Ostomy Home Skills Kit: 10 years of improving the quality of post-discharge patient care through simulation

HIGHLIGHTS Describes the role of the ACS Ostomy Home Skills Kit in training patients to manage their postoperative care Summarizes the multidisciplinary development of the Ostomy Home Skills Kit Outlines updates to the home skills kit following reviews of evaluation data The role of patients and their caregivers is critical to patient safety and improving […]

Profiles in ACS Leadership: A few questions for L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS

Editor’s note: The Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons is launching a new series of articles profiling leaders of the College. This feature will be published monthly. The questions are intended to give readers a look at the person behind the surgical mask and to inspire other members of the College to consider taking […]

Australian hospital calls in the COPS to improve care of older patients

As the world’s population ages, older people are increasingly presenting to the hospital with surgical problems that require assessment and management. Older patients face different challenges than their younger counterparts, including an increased risk of complications, death, and functional decline.1,2 The presence of frailty, cognitive impairment, and multiple comorbidities also contributes to poorer postoperative outcomes […]

Trials explore whether endocrine therapy can delay or avert surgery in low-risk DCIS

Over the last several decades, the widespread implementation and uptake of screening mammography has contributed to earlier diagnosis of breast cancer and improvements in breast cancer mortality. However, the screening has led to a significant rise in the detection of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which is a pre-cancer of the breast. Much like invasive […]

Make the call: A car crash, trauma care, standards, and inequity

Describes the College’s and The Joint Commission’s ongoing efforts to improve trauma care and provides an introduction to Dr. Coleman’s article describing her husband’s experiences at a state-verified Level II trauma center.

The prescription America needs right now is more than a vaccine

The author issues a call to action for health care systems to recognize the harmful effects of implicit bias on patient care through the lens of her husband’s experience at a state-verified Level II trauma center in the Chicago, IL, area.

Securing the future of surgery requires the vision and voice of young ACS members: An introduction

This article underscores the importance of surgeon advocacy and suggests looking to younger surgeons’ commitment to this work for inspiration.

It’s not enough: A call to action for surgeon advocates

The Secretary for RAS-ACS’ Executive Committee describes how she became an active participant in ACS advocacy efforts and provides examples of recent ACS-led policy-related accomplishments.

Surgical societies seek control of the “laparoscopic revolution”

The October 1989 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress should be recognized as an important moment in the history of modern surgery. It was at this meeting that much of the enthusiasm for laparoscopic cholecystectomy was generated, triggering what is sometimes referred to as the “laparoscopic revolution” in general surgery. First performed in 1987 […]

TQIP 2020 meeting outlines the future of trauma care

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted the virtual 2020 Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP®) Annual Scientific Meeting and Training December 7−10. Drawing 6,453 participants as of mid-December—including trauma medical directors, program managers, coordinators, performance improvement (PI) clinicians, and registrars from participating and prospective TQIP hospitals and trauma professionals around the globe—the conference commemorated TQIP’s […]

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. James L. Cox receives the 2020 Jacobson Innovation Award

James L. Cox, MD, FACS, received the 2020 Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) February 5 at a virtual event held in his honor. A professor of surgery at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, and a senior consultant to eight medical device companies and a member of the board of directors of […]

Members in the news

Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD, FACS, Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Connecticut (UConn), Storrs, in August 2020 was recognized with the Herbert W. Nickens Award, which is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care equity in the U.S. […]


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