Archive for September, 2021

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – September 2021

Dr. Hoyt provides an update on ACS diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism initiatives including a virtual summit that convened the House of Surgery in June to discuss the provision of equitable and value-based care, the work of the Board of Governors Diversity Pillar, and the hiring of the new ACS Director of Diversity

The intersection of climate change and surgery

Climate change’s role in expanding existing racial and economic disparities in health care are described as is the surgeon’s role in leading sustainability efforts in the operating room.

Lessons from COVID-19: Why adaptation is needed for surgical climate readiness

Strategies for managing the COVID-19 pandemic response, such as increasing energy and resource efficiency, could inform the surgeon’s role in climate change mitigation.

Surgeon asked colleagues why they chose the profession: Giants of the era responded

This article describes how some trailblazing surgeons were inspired to pursue the surgical profession and highlights the multiple personal and professional factors that may influence a career in surgery.

Tips for turning a strategic plan into active advocacy

Summarizes the differences between passive and active advocacy and identifies the importance of strategic planning for developing policy solutions.

Profiles in ACS leadership: A few questions for Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon)

This profile provides a look into the professional accomplishments and personal interests of Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair, ACS Board of Regents, and Director, Digestive Disease Center, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston.

Role of radiation in the treatment of pancreatic adenocarcinoma in the neoadjuvant setting

Summarizes the findings of recent studies examining the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma in the contemporary neoadjuvant setting.

The 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule

Note: Psychotherapy notes are excluded from the definition of EHI for purposes of the information-blocking regulations.

2020 Eisenberg Award winners show dedication to QI despite challenges of pandemic

The notable achievements of the recipients of the 2020 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards are highlighted.

The impact of brickmaking on Franklin Martin’s character and self-confidence

Franklin H. Martin’s, MD, FACS, work as a brickmaker during his formative years enhanced his stamina, focus, and teamwork skills, which he demonstrated later in his foundational work in surgery.

Dr. L.D. Britt to receive ACS Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Britt, Past-President of the ACS, will receive the ACS Lifetime Achievement Award at Convocation, during the virtual Clinical Congress 2021 meeting.

Dr. David P. Winchester to receive Distinguished Service Award

In recognition of a career in leadership and mentorship, the ACS Board of Regents will present Dr. Winchester with its highest honor given annually, the Distinguished Service Award, at the virtual Clinical Congress 2021.

ACS “Talk It Up” campaign helps surgeons speak with patients about COVID-19 vaccination

Describes the resources available in the ACS Talk It Up campaign, which was developed to help surgeons address patient concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

ACS joins call for COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all health care workers

Health care professional societies collaborated on a statement endorsing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers.

Joint statement in support of COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all workers in health and long-term care

More than 50 health care professional organizations called for all health care employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in a joint statement.

Kosova College of Surgeons hosts first Clinical Congress

The Kosova College of Surgeons, composed of representatives from 13 surgical societies, will host its first Clinical Congress September 23−26, 2021, in Prishtina.

Your ACS benefits: We have the tools for you to become an effective surgeon-advocate

ACS advocacy resources, including SurgeonsVoice, which are intended to help facilitate engagement in health policy-related initiatives are summarized.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities, June 2021

This report describes the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the ACSPA and the College as of June 2021.

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