January Is ACS Surgeon Well-Being Month
Please watch "The Whole Surgeon" Video Series to see how Surgeons thrive.
New ACS Video - To Heal All With Skill and Trust
Now, more than ever is the time for surgeons to recommit to the values we all believe. Building on our 100-year foundation of leadership, the American College of Surgeons is launching a new effort to renew our promise to patients and our communities. We will celebrate the roots and fundamental ethos of surgery, salute and reignite our dedication and purpose, and rededicate ourselves to the leadership role we must play, all while honoring a surgeon’s value to the patients and communities we serve. Learn more by visiting www.tohealall.org/.
Just released! - Gastrointestinal Surgical Emergencies textbook
The free Gastrointestinal Surgical Emergencies textbook is a resource for surgeons at all career stages looking for knowledge and information from world-renowned leaders on the signs and symptoms of surgical diseases commonly encountered in emergency gastrointestinal surgery, identification of treatment options, and employment of best practices in emergency situations. The textbook is a result of the popular Gastrointestinal Surgical Emergencies course first held by the ACS’ Italy Chapter and later Argentina Chapter through the International Chapter Opportunity Program funded through the generosity of Pon Satitpunwaycha, MD, FACS. To access this free resource, please click the link below.
Download the Gastrointestinal Surgical Emergencies textbook.
ACS releases new toolkit to guide communications with patients who may have fears returning to the health care facility for surgery in the COVID-19 era
As hospitals resume operations paused due to COVID-19, a new survey shows a majority of people are reluctant to undergo procedures and may not reschedule necessary surgical care while COVID-19 continues to circulate in communities.* To help surgeons and hospitals address patient concerns, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has released a new resource, Preparing to Have Surgery during the Time of COVID-19.
A new toolkit from the ACS accompanies the release of a patient discussion guide to help you communicate with your patients about the steps your hospitals are taking to reduce the risk of COVID-19, and stresses that, when it comes to talking about COVID-19, surgeon-patient communication is a shared responsibility.
The survey also found surgeons are the most influential voices for patients wondering whether their care will be safe. Personalized outreach, including phone calls, can ease fears and allow patients to ask you questions about what they can expect when they arrive at the hospital, ambulatory center, or your office. They want to hear directly from you, and no level of detail is too much in our current environment.
Included in this toolkit are templates and resources to help you reach out to patients directly who may also have wanted to reach out to you but are not comfortable making that first phone call. Also included are resources for traditional and social media, and your hospital or practice website.
CoC Resident Competition
The competition is an opportunity for the residents to compete for the honor of presenting at the next Commission on Cancer meeting. Presenting in this prestigious forum is a great opportunity for residents and programs to highlight cancer research. Also, the Journal of American College of Surgeons will publish the manuscript.
View entry submission information as well as a list of the 2019 winners, one of whom is from Massachusetts.
- New PPP Deadlines: Updated Financial Resources Document from ACS Practice Protection Committee
- Register Now for 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL
- Submit Nominations for Two 2020 ACS Resident Awards by July 10
- CMSS Issues Statement on Wearing Masks to Avert the Spread of COVID-19
- L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, chair, orthopaedic surgery; professor of surgery (plastic surgery), Penn Medicine, and Vice-Chair, ACS Board of Regents, who discusses how the College has provided commendable leadership to the surgical and medical community during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well the ACS’ overall enduring leadership of the House of Surgery.
- Financial Planning for Surgeons: News from the Practice Protection Committee
Patrick V. Bailey, MD, MLS, FACS, ACS Medical Director for Advocacy, interviews Mark Aeder, MD, FACS, associate professor, transplant and hepatobiliary surgery, University Hospitals, Cleveland Medical Center, about financial planning for surgeons.