The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education has launched a new online journal, ACS Case Reviews in Surgery, which will allow surgeons to learn through the review of high-quality, in-depth analyses of actual surgical cases. The new journal will cover an extensive array of specialties, including breast, colorectal, pediatric, transplant, acute care, trauma, general, and rural surgery, and will be applicable to both practicing surgeons and surgery residents.
ACS Case Reviews in Surgery will be published electronically six times per year and is peer-reviewed by leaders in academic American surgery. Each issue features 10 case reports and a Continuing Medical Education (CME) posttest. Unlike many other online case report journals, surgeons will not be charged a fee to submit or publish their case reports. Additionally, ACS Case Reviews in Surgery links to other ACS publications covering similar topics, such as the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Selected Readings in General Surgery, and Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery.
The development of this peer-reviewed journal spanned a period of 18 months. Gerald A. Isenberg, MD, FACS, is the Editor-in-Chief of the online publication.
“It has become difficult to get case reports published in major journals,” Dr. Isenberg said. “Yet, there is a need from an educational standpoint to publish interesting cases while meeting strict publication guidelines.”
Dr. Isenberg added that surgery residents and medical students will have an opportunity to begin publishing early in their surgical careers through ACS Case Reviews in Surgery.
Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director, ACS Division of Education, said, “ACS Case Reviews in Surgery will publish and disseminate peer-reviewed information relating to interesting surgical cases. This practical resource should be of great interest to surgeons in practice and surgery residents.”
ACS Case Reviews in Surgery is intended to be a convenient and effective source for Self-Assessment Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit. Users may claim up to 24 Self-Assessment CME credits per annual subscription.
For surgeons interested in earning CME (including Self-Assessment Credits), an annual subscription to ACS Case Reviews in Surgery can be purchased for $125. For surgery residents, medical students, and other members of the surgical community who do not have CME credit needs, an annual subscription is available for $75.
To learn more about ACS Case Review in Surgery, visit ACS Central in the San Diego Convention Center, Exhibit Hall. Surgeons who are interested in submitting case reports for review are encouraged to send them to [email protected]. Contact Dr. Isenberg at [email protected] or Whitney Greer at [email protected] with any questions or comments regarding ACS Case Reviews in Surgery.