Archive for February, 2022

Executive Director’s Update: Maintaining Our Well-Being during the Pandemic

Dr. Turner identifies ACS resources aimed at promoting well-being, resilience, and work-life balance and underscores the importance of self-care  in order to alleviate symptoms of burnout.



Olga M. Jonasson Lecture: Grit in Spite of Adversity in the Pursuit of Excellence

This edited version of the Olga M. Jonasson Lecture, delivered by ACS Regent Andrea Hayes, MD, FACS, at Clinical Congress 2021, describes the role of intangible resilience (grit) in shaping her career as a pediatric surgical oncologist.

Data Reveal the Details about the Surgeon Workforce Shortage

This article highlights the role of data in determining healthcare workforce distribution and potential gaps in the future, and summarizes how surgical workforce reforms must account for disparities in order to succeed.

Sylvia M. Ramos Cruz, MD, MS, FACS: Surgeon, Writer, and Activist

Dr. Sylvia Ramos Cruz featured in “A Matter of Pride,” a classroom poster/biography series honoring women of achievement in math and science careers. Sponsored by the Organization for Equal Education of the Sexes, Inc. 1986.

Lori Arviso Alvord, MD: The First Navajo Nation Tribal Member to Be Board Certified in General Surgery

Dr. Alvord is an author, mentor, general surgeon, and the first member of the Navajo Nation to be board certified in general surgery.


Is There a Correlation between Physician Employment and Liability Premiums?

Describes the correlation between the shift in physician and surgeon practice arrangements and professional liability premiums, and summarizes cost data of medical liability premiums, including the impact of COVID-19.

The Role of the Acute Care Surgeon in Caring for Patients with Cancer

General surgeons offer continuity of care for surgical diseases and provide expertise on general surgery conditions, which helps provide safe and effective care for cancer patients.

QI Project Aims to Reduce Surgical Specimen Collection Errors

Outlines best practices for reducing errors in the surgical specimen collection process, including standard specimen triage and transport practices.

TQIP 2021 Meeting Focuses on Best Practices, Performance Improvement

Topics covered at the virtual TQIP 2021 Annual Conference include strategies for enhancing performance improvement and change management, new trauma standards, and pediatric readiness in adult trauma centers.

ACS Fellow Performs First Successful Pig-to-Human Heart Transplant

Bartley P. Griffith, MD, FACS, led a team that performed the first successful gene-edited pig heart transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore.

ACS Releases New Book Exploring the History of Black Surgeons and Surgery in America

Black Surgeons and Surgery in America, published by the ACS, highlights overlooked figures in U.S.  medical history who contributed to major advancements in healthcare and describes the background of health disparities in this country.

Profiles of 2021 ACS-COSECSA Women Scholars: Part I

The first five American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA) Women Scholars of 2021 are profiled.

Nominations for 2022 ACS/Pfizer Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards due February 28

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, is accepting nominations for the 2022 Surgical Volunteerism and Surgical Humanitarian Awards.

Report on ACSPA/ACS Activities, October 2021

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

The Jacobson Promising Investigator Award

Applications for Jacobson Promising Investigator Award accepted through February 28

The criteria for selecting the Jacobson Promising Investigator Award winner are summarized.


Call for nominations for ACS Officers Elect and ACS Board of Regents

The 2022 Nominating Committee of the Fellows and the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors will select nominees for ACS leadership positions.


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