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Responding to the need for rural general surgery training sites: A how-to

Models for establishing a new general surgery residency program with a rural focus or expanding a current program are outlined in this month’s column.

Participating at the Iowa forum (from left): Philip R. Caropreso, MD, FACS, general surgeon, clinical professor of surgery, UICCM; Dr. Scott-Conner; Richard A. Sidwell, MD, FACS, Committee on Trauma State Provincial Chair, and Past-President, Iowa Chapter; Dr. Hoyt; Keith J. Mueller, PhD, Gerhard Hartman Professor and Chair, department of health management and policy, UI College of Public Health; Jennifer Vermeer, MPA, former Medicaid Director, Iowa Medicaid Enterprise; Timothy A. Breon, MD, FACS, general surgeon, Mahaska Health Partnership; Dr. Weigel; and K. John Hartman, MD, FACS, President, Iowa Chapter.

ACS, Iowa health care leaders at IQ Forum focus on rural surgery

The College hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Iowa, June 27, in Des Moines—the 19th stop in a series of national discussions on how quality improvement efforts enhance surgical patient safety and reduce costs.

Rural surgery is a global issue: The perspective of an Argentine surgeon

The challenges and benefits of practicing surgery in rural Argentina are highlighted in this column.

Students need exposure to the joys of rural surgery

Overcoming barriers to recruiting rural surgeons are addressed in this article, including mentoring, exposing students to rural career earlier in their careers, and recruiting more students from rural backgrounds.

Rural surgery in “The Great White North”— universal care or universal challenge?

Access to timely, affordable, and quality surgical care is an ongoing challenge for Canadians, particularly those individuals living in rural communities. This column highlights several factors that affect the provision of rural surgical services in Canada, including training, certification and licensing issues, and challenges related to recruitment and retention.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities: June 2013

This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the ACS as of June 2013.

Rural surgical practice requires new training model, offers great opportunities

Rural surgeons should be capable of providing emergency care for specialty surgical problems as well as for general surgery conditions. Several educational opportunities are currently available for residents to develop a wide range of skills, and this column provides an overview of some of these training models, including rural surgery rotations, dedicated training tracks, the immersion approach, and fellowship opportunities.

A Regent’s perspective

James K. Elsey, MD, FACS, Regental liaison to the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery discusses his experiences as a rural surgeon and offers potential solutions to the problems with recruiting and training surgeons to practice in a nonurban environment.

Pursuing a career in humanitarian and rural surgery: When is the best time to start?

Because more and more trainees in surgery are showing an interest in providing surgical care in resource-limited settings and because the number of rural surgeons in America continues to decline, it is important to inform future surgeons regarding how they can establish a career in volunteer and rural surgery. This article offers some suggestions on how surgical residents—especially those training at community-based teaching hospitals—can forge a career path in rural and humanitarian surgery.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities: October 2012

This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the American College of Surgeons as of October 2012.

College leaders answer the question, “Why is rural surgery an important issue now?”

The College’s Board of Regents has placed new emphasis on the issue of rural surgery, and with the Board’s support an Advisory Council for Rural Surgery was formed in June 2012. This column explores what motivated the ACS leadership to start focusing attention on this important issue now.

The value of chapter membership: The rural surgeon’s perspective

ACS chapter membership can help provide solutions to the challenges that rural surgeons face by offering them opportunities to build relationships with surgeons at tertiary care facilities.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities: June 2012

This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the American College of Surgeons as of June 2012.

New Advisory Council for Rural Surgery offers several programs during Clinical Congress

As part of a commitment to surgeons who practice outside metropolitan areas, the Board of Regents established the ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery during its June 2012 meeting.

2012 Oweida Scholar announced

Stephanie M. Allen Lilly, MD, FACS, of Berlin, NH, has been selected to receive the 2012 Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS Scholarship of the American College of Surgeons. The Oweida Scholarship helps young surgeons practicing in small towns and rural communities attend the Clinical Congress and benefit from the educational experiences it provides.

Training global surgery fellows

Access to surgical care is a necessary public health provision and, in many people’s opinion, a basic human right. While access to medical care in resource-poor countries has increased with the global health movement, surgical care has largely been neglected.

ACS cited in Modern Healthcare article on rural surgeon shortage

The dearth of interest in rural surgical practice has created surgical deserts and health risks in small communities throughout the U.S., reports Paul Barr, in a recent Modern Healthcare article, “Looking for an oasis.” The story cites the American College of Surgeons (ACS) report, Surgical Deserts in the U.S.: Places without Surgeons, which points out […]

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities, February 2012

American College of Surgeons Professional Association (ACSPA) In 2011, the ACSPA’s political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) raised $665,692. Approximately 77 percent of U.S. Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) contributed an average of $467. The SurgeonsPAC Board met for a strategic planning session in January in an effort to update and align 2012 strategic […]

Dr. Hughes named rural health care practitioner of the year

Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, a native of Dallas, TX, was named Rural Healthcare Practitioner of the Year on April 1 by the National Rural Healthcare Association (NRHA). Dr. Hughes has maintained a broad general surgery practice for the past 16 years at McPherson Hospital in McPherson, KS, a town of 13,000 with a surrounding […]


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