• Attendee Question: What’s your initial impression of The Surgical Metrics Project?

    Sponsored by the ACS Committee on Surgical Skills Training for Practicing Surgeons, The Surgical Metrics Project employs wearable technologies to build a database of surgical decision making and technical approaches during repair of a small bowel enterotomy.

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  • Reminder: Claim your Clinical Congress 2019 CME Credit today

    If you attended Clinical Congress 2019 and have not yet claimed your Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit or evaluated your experiences, be sure to visit the Clinical Congress Credit and Evaluation Site.

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  • New this year: Clinical Congress e-Posters viewable online

    For the first time, the more than 500 e-Posters presented at Clinical Congress are now available for viewing online if you were not able to attend the conference.

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  • J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM, is 2019–2020 ACS President-Elect

    J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM, is 2019–2020 ACS President-Elect

    J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM, has been elected to serve as the 2019–2020 President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons. The First and Second Vice-Presidents-Elect also were elected at Wednesday’s Annual Business Meeting of the Members.

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  • New Regents, Board of Governors Executive Committee members elected

    New Regents, Board of Governors Executive Committee members elected

    The Board of Governors (B/G) of the ACS has elected two new members of the Board of Regents—Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCS, and Steven C. Stain, MD, FACS. In addition, new B/G Executive Committee members have been elected.

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  • Special Session details ACS membership survey results on firearm injury prevention

    Special Session details ACS membership survey results on firearm injury prevention

    The ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) in 2018 commissioned a survey of approximately 55,000 ACS members to gauge their demographic status and attitudes on a variety of issues related to firearm violence and control measures. During a Tuesday morning Special Session, leaders from the ACS COT and ACS Trauma Programs detailed the results of the survey.

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  • New ACS Secretary and Treasurer elected

    New ACS Secretary and Treasurer elected

    Two new Officers of the ACS were elected at Wednesday’s Annual Meeting of the Members. Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS (left), is the new ACS Secretary and Don K. Nakayama, MD, MBA, FACS, is the new ACS Treasurer.

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  • MeTooSurgery session highlights need for system-wide culture change

    At least 50 percent of women medical students have reported an incidence of sexual harassment, according to a report issued last year by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, with forms of this disruptive behavior becoming more prevalent in most surgical workplace settings, according to panelists at the Wednesday morning session, MeTooSurgery: Tools for Addressing and Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Surgical Workplace.

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  • 2019 Jacobson Promising Investigator Award presented 
to Sam C. Wang, MD, FACS

    2019 Jacobson Promising Investigator Award presented 
to Sam C. Wang, MD, FACS

    Sam C. Wang, MD, FACS, received the Jacobson Promising Investigator Award on Wednesday at Clinical Congress. The award recognizes outstanding surgeons who are engaged in research to advance the art and science of surgery and who demonstrate early promise of significant contribution to the practice of surgery and the safety of surgical patients.

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  • Panelists provide strategies to reduce gender inequality through mentorship and training

    “Gender inequality really represents a spectrum of experiences,” said Amalia L. Cochran, MD, FACS, FCCM, in her opening remarks for Tuesday’s session, Gender Inequality. Dr. Cochran said that ideally “we would be able to prevent things that are based in gender inequality. But what we can do, until the time comes when we have actually been able to wipe this out as an issue, is be activists by supporting our trainees.”

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  • There’s still time to view SESAP® 17 at Clinical Congress 2019

    There’s still time to view SESAP® 17 at Clinical Congress 2019

    If you have not yet had a chance to review the new edition of the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP® 17), test your knowledge and try the innovative program features at the SESAP 17 booth in the Moscone Center South Upper Lobby.

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  • Trauma surgeons review lessons learned from mass casualty events

    During a Wednesday session, Mass Casualty Events: Lessons Learned from Military-Civilian Collaboration, a panel of civilian and military trauma surgeons discussed lessons learned from U.S. civilian major mass casualty events that required active engagement between U.S. military medical resources and the civilian trauma system.

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  • AI outperforms clinicians’ judgment in triaging postoperative patients for intensive care, study finds

    Artificial intelligence in the form of a machine-learned algorithm correctly triaged most postoperative patients to the intensive care unit in its first proof-of-concept application in a university hospital setting, according to research presented at Clinical Congress.

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  • Researchers share findings on trauma recidivism in U.S. children

    Among U.S. children who survive major trauma—bodily injuries severe enough to require a hospital stay—nearly 3 percent experience another sudden injury in the same year and nearly one in five of these repeated injuries is the result of violence, according to research presented at Clinical Congress.

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  • Shortages in the global surgical workforce exacerbated by gender inequity

    Shortages in the global surgical workforce exacerbated by gender inequity

    An international panel of experts, including Hilary A. Sanfey, MB, BCh, FACS, discussed strategies to address and improve gender equity worldwide and, thereby, the pipeline for women into surgical fields during the Clinical Congress session, No Woman No Care: The Case to Incorporate Women into the Global Surgery Workforce.

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  • Panelists encourage surgeons to identify IPV in colleagues—before it’s too late

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health problem that surgeons encounter frequently in patients, but may less commonly anticipate spotting in their colleagues. The reality is that health care professionals are as at risk as their patients, according to speakers at the Clinical Congress 2019 Panel Session, Intimate Partner Violence and the Surgical Workforce.

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  • Annual Business Meeting of Members convenes Wednesday

    The Annual Business Meeting of Members of the American College of Surgeons will take place 4:15−5:15 pm Wednesday, Moscone Center North, 25.

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  • AHRQ Safety Program for ISCR program can enhance patient recovery

    “The problem that emerges when we start to track outcomes after surgery is that there is substantial variation in the way perioperative care is delivered, and this leads to substantial variation in patient outcomes,” said Chelsea Fischer, MD, American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2019–2021 Clinical Scholar in Residence, when introducing a Clinical Congress 2019 session on the ACS and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery.

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  • Veteran surgeons offer success strategies to new ACS Fellows

    When starting a new job, “you have to know what you’re signing up for, and that’s one of the biggest reasons why people have these mismatched expectations,” said Hasan B. Alam, MD, FACS, in his opening remarks during the Clinical Congress session, Initiates Program: Strategies for Success in Surgery.

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  • SESAP® 17 Advanced to premier next summer

    SESAP® 17 Advanced to premier next summer

    The new edition of the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP® 17), developed by the American College of Surgeons Division of Education, debuted this week at Clinical Congress. SESAP 17 Advanced, which will feature additional in-depth content for surgeons seeking knowledge in specific areas, will be released in the summer of 2020.

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  • Panelists recount benefits of Academy membership during Special Session

    The American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™ Special Session at Clinical Congress 2019 provided a forum for panelists to share benefits of membership in the Academy and to identify key updates to the program, including plans to develop a new peer-reviewed publication.

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  • Putting your patients first with quality surgical education resources

    Putting your patients first with quality surgical education resources

    In keeping with the theme “Putting Our Patients First,” the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Patient Education Program has developed an extensive collection of evidence-based patient education resources to help ACS members assure patient-centered care.

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  • SESAP® 17 Advanced supports mastery of in-depth, targeted content

    SESAP® 17 Advanced supports mastery of in-depth, targeted content

    Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP®) 17 Advanced—which will feature in-depth content for surgeons seeking knowledge in specific topic areas—was the focus of a Clinical Congress 2019 Panel Session on Tuesday, October 29. Building on the new edition of SESAP 17 released at Clinical Congress, SESAP 17 Advanced will include new modules on the abdomen and alimentary tract, breast, endocrine, surgical critical care, and trauma, with each module addressing complex clinical problems and areas that continue to evolve.

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  • Medical scribes have positive impact on workflow

    Some clinicians are turning to medical scribes to reduce the time they spend managing electronic health records. In fact, incorporating medical scribes into surgical practice increases the number of patients seen, according to research presented at Clinical Congress 2019.

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  • Relive #ACSCC19 in photos

    Beginning with Convocation on Sunday, October 27, Clinical Congress 2019 was filled with newsworthy and memorable events. Relive the highlights in our #ACSCC19 photo gallery.

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  • Health problems no match for several U.S. Supreme Court justices, veteran journalist says

    Health problems no match for several U.S. Supreme Court justices, veteran journalist says

    Nina Totenberg, award-winning legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio, delivered the Martin Memorial Lecture, The Health of the Supreme Court, on Monday, October 28, at Clinical Congress. Ms. Totenberg’s husband, H. David Reines, MD, FACS, is a trauma surgeon and Past-Governor of the ACS.

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  • Board of Regents/Governors session examines the evolving role of the ACS in health care

    Sunday’s Joint Meeting of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents and Board of Governors identified the College’s role in the future of health care, described surgeon engagement activities—including a communications strategy update—and provided a summary of ACS health policy initiatives in the areas of surprise billing and Medicare physician payment.

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  • Dr. Rusch encourages Initiates to discover the joys of lifelong learning, collaborating, and giving back

    Dr. Rusch encourages Initiates to discover the joys of lifelong learning, collaborating, and giving back

    Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, the 100th President of the American College of Surgeons, urged the nearly 1,000 Initiates at Convocation during Clinical Congress to uphold the values passed on for generations of surgeons—to commit to lifelong learning, to collaborating, and to giving back.

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  • Dr. Bowyer discusses repairing the bridge over military surgery’s troubled waters

    Dr. Bowyer discusses repairing the bridge over military surgery’s troubled waters

    Representatives of the U.S. military health system met Sunday at Clinical Congress for the Excelsior Surgical Society meeting, and a highlight of the daylong session was the fifth annual Army Major John P. Pryor Lecture by retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Mark W. Bowyer, MD, FACS.

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  • First RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award presented to Dr. Danielle Saunders Walsh

    First RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award presented to  Dr. Danielle Saunders Walsh

    The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) presented the inaugural Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award to Danielle Saunders Walsh, MD, FACS, FAAP, on Sunday, October 27, during Convocation at Clinical Congress 2019.

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  • AWS Foundation honors 2019 award recipients

    AWS Foundation honors 2019 award recipients

    Each year, the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Foundation presents awards to outstanding individuals who are supportive of the AWS mission to inspire, encourage, and enable women surgeons to meet their professional and personal goals. The AWS Foundation proudly honored the 2019 Award recipients at the AWS Foundation Awards Dinner Monday night at Clinical Congress.

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  • SESAP® 17 promotes excellence through personalized learning

    SESAP® 17 promotes excellence through personalized learning

    The recently unveiled edition of the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP® 17) provides the same high-caliber, rigorously peer-reviewed content as past editions, as well as many new features that allow surgeons to tailor their learning experience to address individual needs and preferences.

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  • ACS Communities celebrates fifth anniversary

    ACS Communities celebrates fifth anniversary

    The American College of Surgeons’ members-only networking platform, ACS Communities, has been in place for five years and continues to be a popular member benefit. Since its launch in 2014, the platform has received nearly 4.2 million pageviews, and more than 35,000 members of the College have agreed to the site’s terms of use.

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  • Special Session honors women pioneers in surgery

    Special Session honors women pioneers in surgery

    During a Clinical Congress 2019 Special Session, Women Pioneers in Surgery, a distinguished panel of women surgeons, including Mary H. McGrath, MD, MPH, FACS, celebrated the stories of the first five women Fellows of the American College of Surgeons, as well as the stories of some of the other women whose dedication and drive to learn and practice the art of medicine helped pave the way for today’s women surgeons.

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