Tag Archive for ‘COVID-19’

Vaccination hesitancy and a positive response to the call to action for volunteers

The Joint Commission’s response to provider concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccination is summarized.

Social determinants of health and surgery: An overview

Describes the social determinants of health such as economics, environment, education, and access to care and examines these factors within a surgical quality improvement framework.

Well-played: An interview with Dr. Phuong D. Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen—a pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon and member of an indie rock band—describes his experience performing at the 2021 virtual presidential inauguration celebration.

COVID 19: Looking back on the past year’s challenges

The challenges faced by health care professionals during the peak of COVID-19, including rapidly evolving guidelines and patient surges, are summarized.

Letters to the Editor

The following comments were received regarding the business of health care and the importance of maintaining appropriate surgical training, particularly during the pandemic.

Adopting telemedicine in surgical care: What you need to know

HIGHLIGHTS Discusses logistics for implementing telemedicine for pre- and postoperative patient visits Describes institutional and user-related factors that may impede telemedicine adoption Summarizes opportunities for innovation in patient care, communication, and education Outlines reimbursement and regulatory considerations for expanded use of telehealth Telemedicine is a rapidly accelerating new avenue for delivering health care services. Although […]

Dateline DC

Dateline DC: The American Rescue Plan signed into law

Describes the public health provisions outlined in the American Rescue Plan, including COVID-19 vaccine distribution and expanded Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

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.

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 […]

Profiles in surgical research: Dr. Michael Bowdish leads effort to combat COVID-19

Dr. Bowdish biking in the Half Ironman triathlon

How the San Diego-Imperial Chapter maintained surgical health policy advocacy in the era of COVID-19

Summarizes the efforts of an ACS chapter to organize a virtual advocacy meeting with a California state senator and other stakeholders.


David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – January 2021

The College’s initiatives to address the challenges of 2020, including the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and Medicare reimbursement cuts, as well as efforts to promote and ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in all ACS-related activities, are summarized.

Surgeons’ guide to intimate partner violence in the era of COVID-19

Describes how the social, financial, and psychological ramifications of COVID-19 leave those affected by IPV particularly vulnerable.

Expansion of telemedicine may be the greatest benefit of the COVID-19 pandemic

Describes the benefits of telemedicine including minimizing patient, provider, and community exposure to COVID-19 and outlines strategies for expanding telehealth in the future.

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking Forward – July 2020

Dr. Hoyt’s Looking forward column—which serves as the cover story this month—outlines leadership strategies for meeting the challenges of two public health crises of our time: the COVID-19 pandemic and racism.

Filling the gap: Using 3-D printing to overcome critical equipment shortages during the COVID-19 crisis

Filling the gap: Using 3-D printing to overcome critical equipment shortages during the COVID-19 crisis

HIGHLIGHTS Describes 3-D printing products, including ventilator parts, respirator masks, face shields, and nasopharyngeal swabs, that can close the gaps in equipment shortages Identifies early adopters of this technology Summarizes areas for further investigation, including the evaluation of the safety and efficacy of these solutions The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis has uncovered numerous […]

Community hospital’s losing battle with COVID-19: A surgery resident’s account

Community hospital’s losing battle with COVID-19: A surgery resident’s account

HIGHLIGHTS Describes the experiences of a chief surgical resident treating COVID-19 patients Summarizes the trend of COVID-19 leading to AKI Outlines one community hospital’s investigation of increased pneumothorax rates and COVID-19 Starting this past winter, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has swept across the world, with the U.S. reporting the highest number of cases […]

A look at The Joint Commission

Recommendations pour in as surgeons navigate COVID-19 pandemic

Suggestions for implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 recommendations for patients and visitors as well as health care personnel are the focus of this month’s column.

Stop racism

ACS issues call to action on racism as a public health crisis: An ethical imperative

The ACS issued a call to action in early June declaring racism a public health crisis.


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