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Physician extenders and surgical training: Integration or separation?

Physician extenders and surgical training: Integration or separation?

Describes the evolution of physician extenders (PEs) and the potential effect of PEs on resident education by reducing time spent with patients; highlights two models for PE assimilation into practice.

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From Transition to Practice to Mastery in General Surgery

The evolution of the TTP Program to the new ACS Mastery in General Surgery Program is described, along with the experiences of three accredited institutions.

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ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence Program has lasting impact on surgeons’ careers

Previous ACS Clinical Scholars describe how the program affected their career path and why this program continues to result in improved patient outcomes and safer patient care.

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Can communication proficiency mitigate moral distress among surgeons? A case study and call to action

Moral distress and its potential effects on patient care are described using a case study in which an inexperienced resident must deliver difficult news without mentoring from the attending.

Race and residency training in the post-Charlottesville era

The challenges faced by surgical trainees of color are described as are recommendations for  enhancing the training environment.

ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence

ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence benefit from access to outcomes measures and mentors

The ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence program is accepting applications for the 2019–2021 positions.

Coming next month in JACS and online now: Burnout and stress among U.S. surgery residents: Psychological distress and resilience

A study published in an upcoming issue of JACS describes burnout and distress symptoms that are experienced in general surgery training.


The art of the deposition: Teaching residents about medical liability

This article describes a program at Maricopa Medical Center aimed at preparing residents for medical liability litigation and defines lessons learned for developing a program that prepares students for the possibility of being deposed in a liability lawsuit.

ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence

ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence benefit from access to outcomes measures and mentors

The achievements of ACS Scholars in Residence are described, and a call for applications for the 2018–2020 positions is issued.

“Pimping”: Time-honored educational tradition or relic of the past?

Pimping as a common pedagogic technique throughout the history of formal medical education is examined in this article, which also describes the pros and cons of this technique and offers suggestions for effectively engaging in pimping.

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Residents debate whether to reform or revolutionize surgical training

The topic for this year’s 2014 Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) symposium competition was the Five-Year General Surgery Residency: Reform vs. Revolution. The following are the first and second place essays submitted from both sides of the debate.

First-place essay—revolution: Surgical training: Time for a revolution

Competency should be measured not by demonstrating recall of management algorithms, argues the author of this essay, but rather by the ability to adapt to evolving recommended practices and technology.

Second-place essay—revolution: Five-year general surgery residency: Reform or revolution?

Simulation training and a standardized curriculum during the first two years of surgical residency will enhance the surgical training process, according to the author of this essay.

First-place essay—reform: Reformation of current surgical residency and fellowship training is the best solution

The evolution of surgical training cannot occur with restructuring fellowship programs, notes the author of this essay. Rather, the ideal training model should be anchored by a core surgical residency program modeled after the first three years of the current training paradigm.

Second-place essay—reform: Revisiting the visions of Halsted, Churchill, and Dudley to fix surgical training a century later

The current training system could be improved if surgical education, skill modules, and mentorship began earlier for those planning to apply for general surgery programs, according to the author of this essay, who also suggests that surgical training programs include early specialization while maintaining core general surgery rotations.

The five-year general surgery residency: Reform or revolution?

The future of general surgery residency, which will be debated at this year’s RAS-ACS Symposium at the 2014 Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA, is the subject of this article.

Teaching the teacher: An ethical model for international surgical missions

This article describes the ongoing health care needs of patients in low-resource nations, describes the shortcomings of current efforts to deliver this care and foster surgical education in the developing world, and offers an ethical model for training a sustainable global surgical workforce.

Dr. Sachdeva delivers Ira A. Ferguson, MD, Lecture at Emory

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director of the ACS Division of Education, delivered the Ira A. Ferguson, MD, Lecture at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, in April. The presentation focused on issues involving the preparation of surgery residents for independent practice, new directions in residency education and training in surgery, and national programs to address transitions in surgical careers.

Remembering Hank

The lasting impact of Henry T. Bahnson, MD, FACS, a Past-President of the College, is detailed in this month’s column.

RAS-ACS International Exchange Scholarship Program provides unique opportunity for global collaboration

The goals and preliminary impact of the International Exchange Scholarship Program developed by the Resident and Associate Society of the College are summarized in this column, along with brief excerpts of scholars’ reports detailing their experiences with the program.


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