Tag Archive for ‘rural surgery’

Profiles in ACS leadership: A few questions for Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS

This profile provides a look into the professional accomplishments and personal interests of Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, Secretary of the ACS and Editor of the ACS Communities.

Understanding gaps in pediatric surgery care in rural environments and forging a path forward

Outlines the factors contributing to the comfort level of general surgeons and anesthesiologists treating pediatric patients in rural hospitals.

Rural Surgery Verification

New ACS-led verification program aims to improve care for rural surgical patients

Identifies the development and goals of a new program for verifying surgical quality in rural hospitals.

Rural Surgery Verification

Michigan hospital participates in first pilot site visit for new ACS rural surgery verification program

The rural verification standards evaluated during the MMMC-Alpena pilot site visit are summarized as are lessons learned for future pilot site visits.


Longitudinal experience with the RTTDC: Improving outcomes through collaboration

The challenges rural trauma centers face, including practice variability, tertiary care referral, and staffing shortages, are summarized as is the evolution of the RTTDC, including evidence-based research that underscores the effectiveness of the program.

Mayo Clinic joins the national effort to train tomorrow’s rural

Mayo Clinic joins the national effort to train tomorrow’s rural surgeons

Outlines the Mayo Clinic’s development of a rural general surgery training track and identifies lessons learned in the first three years of the program.

Dispatches from Rural Surgeons

Rural surgery: The road less traveled

This month’s column describes the career pathway that led a general surgeon from the New York State Tri-City Area to rural Oregon.

Dispatches from Rural Surgeons

Rural surgery call coverage: Innovative locoregional solutions can fill the gap

Two locum tenens systems, one in Canada and one in the U.S., provide locoregional solutions for rural surgical call coverage.

Critical Access Hospitals

Critical access hospitals continue to provide vital services to rural patients

The role of critical access hospitals in providing access to health care in rural areas is assessed, along with the financial benefits of facilities.

A surgical team performing a mastectomy in the new UHM OR

Scaling-up surgical care in rural Haiti

Partners in Health and Zanmi Lasante’s efforts to enhance surgical services in central Haiti are outlined.

Rural Surgery

Shortage of rural surgeons: How bad is it?

An overview of the conflicting data on the shortage of rural surgeons and potential solutions to the dilemma are the focus of this month’s column.

Small hospital closures mean loss of access to care

Challenges resulting from small hospital closures are summarized, as are solutions to sustain these facilities.

Rural Surgery

ACS advocacy efforts in 2017 that will affect rural surgery

Two legislative issues of importance to rural surgeons—the Ensuring Access to General Surgery Act and the Critical Access Hospital 96-hour rule—are summarized.

Figure 1. Collaborative patterns of patient care in Montana

RS3—the Montana Rural Surgery Support System—is a model for surgical care in rural CAHs

A surgeon-led program in Montana helps rural surgeons with limited resources provide patients with local access to surgical care.


A rural surgeon looks back on his experiences

A rural surgeon highlights the benefits associated with practicing in a non-urban setting, such as surgeon autonomy and the opportunity to deliver care to people who reside in your community.

Rural Surgery

Rural surgery: High pressure but rewarding

The challenges of practicing in a rural setting, including professional isolation, are explored in this month’s column.

Rural surgery and the volume dilemma

The debate over the relationship between volume and outcomes for rural surgeons is the focus of this month’s column.

ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery hard at work

The current activities of the ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery are described.

Dr. Richardson

Improving access to surgical care in rural America: An interview with J. David Richardson

J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, who will be installed as the President of the ACS at the 2015 Clinical Congress, discusses the College’s efforts to improve access to care in rural communities.

Dr. Aaland with a patient at a rural hospital in Jamestown

The North Dakota Rural Surgery Support Program: Providing surgical services to communities in need

This column outlines the rationale for starting the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences Rural Surgery Support Program, explains how it works, and describes the initial effects of the initiative.


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