The Global Engagement Panel Session Monday morning described a range of the surgical volunteerism efforts that the American College of Surgeons Operation Giving Back program and other medical organizations are involved in at home and abroad.
Last year, the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Medical Specialties introduced a Continuous Certification initiative for surgeons and physicians seeking to maintain board certification. Panelists during a session Tuesday morning explored why Continuous Certification is relevant to surgeons who want to provide safe, effective care.
On Monday, Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA, FACS, and a panel of experts urged attendees—gun owners and non-gun owners alike—to put politics aside and take a public health approach to reducing firearm-related injuries and death at the session, Firearm Injuries in the United States: A Public Health Approach Centered Upon Partnership and Engagement.
Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS, will discuss the latest gut microbiome research and how it may one day affect colon cancer treatment during Wednesday’s annual Commission on Cancer Oncology Lecture, Microbes and Cancer: A Missing Link.
“I don’t think there is any doubt that it is a tremendous privilege to be a surgeon … and that privilege comes with a certain responsibility,” said Zane Cohen, MD, FACS, FRCSC, who presented Tuesday morning’s Herand Abcarian Lecture, Privilege and Responsibility: A 20-Year Journey.
Program directors and participants discussed their experiences with the American College of Surgeons Mastery in General Surgery Program during a Tuesday morning session. “When I completed the program, I felt fortified in my independent decision making,” said Talitha Brown, MD.
The Commission on Cancer recognized three State Chairs for their outstanding performance in 2017: Timothy Mullet, MD, FACS, Kentucky State Chair; Michael Sarap, MD, FACS, Ohio State Chair; James Harris, MD, FACS, Nevada State Chair.