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ACS Program Updates, Resources and Announcements

Read the May Bulletin: The Social Determinants of Health and Surgery

May Bulletin 2021

The May issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons is available online. The cover story of this issue is on social determinants of health (SDOH) and surgery. The article discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has revealed the societal imbalances that affect quality of care, examines SDOH within a surgical quality initiative framework, and describes surgeon-led projects that address disparities.

Other highlights in this month’s issue include the following features, department articles, and news stories:




The Bulletin is available in a variety of digital formats to satisfy every reader's preference, including an interactive version and a smartphone app. Go to the Bulletin website to connect to any of these versions or to read the articles directly online.

Online Bulletin readers are encouraged to share their thoughts about the articles they read. To leave a comment, scroll to the end of the article, and look for the "Leave a Reply" box. Commenters must enter their name and a valid e-mail address.

ACS TQIP Accepting Abstracts for Annual Conference through June 15

The ACS Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP®) has issued a call for abstracts for the TQIP Annual Conference, November 15–17, 2021. The deadline for abstract submissions is 11:59 pm CT June 15. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Submitting an abstract offers a chance for you and TQIP registry staff to share the notable initiatives you have enacted at your hospitals. TQIP wants to know what internal performance improvement efforts you have embarked on, and how you have been using TQIP in your center. You are encouraged to present any data quality initiatives that have made a positive difference in your centers. View the ACS TQIP meeting website for more information and to submit your proposal.

ACS Board of Regents Vice-Chair Dr. Steven D. Wexner Awarded Florida Chapter’s Raymond H. Alexander, MD, FACS, Award

At the ACS Florida Chapter’s May 1 business meeting, ACS Board of Regents Vice-Chair Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Director, Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, was awarded the chapter’s Raymond H. Alexander, MD, FACS Award.

The award, which is the chapter’s highest honor, recognizes a member for outstanding dedication to the medical profession in the field of surgery through excellence in a combination of clinical care, community involvement, education, innovation, leadership and research. Visit the ACS Florida Chapter website to read more about the award and to see a list of past recipients.

Join RAS-ACS Webinar on Mentoring with Dr. Ned Carp, 2020 RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year

The Resident and Associate Society of the ACS invites residents to join a discussion with Ned Z. Carp, MD, FACS, the 2020 RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year, to learn how a mentor can strengthen a resident’s education in their pursuit of becoming a surgeon. The webinar is titled Mentoring: A Must for Every General Surgery Training Program; topics covered will include study habits, research, case preparation, clinical trial involvement and professionalism.

Visit the ACS website for more information and to register.

Interested in Getting Involved in the College? Apply for 2021 ACS Committee Opportunities

The ACS depends on volunteers from its diverse membership to drive the mission and initiatives of the organization to support the surgical profession. Serving on an ACS Committee is a great opportunity for surgeons to network with colleagues, progress to leadership positions, expand their professional sphere and contribute to patient care.

Most ACS Committee membership terms begin in October following the annual Clinical Congress and extend for three years. Committee openings are announced in late spring, and membership applications are accepted through early summer.

The following ACS Committees are now accepting applications:

  • Commission on Cancer
  • Committee on Diversity Issues
  • International Relations Committee
  • Scholarships Committee
  • Women in Surgery Committee

To apply, follow application instructions or contact the Committee Staff Liaison by May 31.

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Chief of Surgery, BC Vascular Surgeon, General Surgeon, and Surgery Program Director

With the ACS Surgery Career Connection, you can search more than 1,000 surgeon-specific positions and submit your application. The ACS Surgery Career Connection site is the premier resource to connect highly qualified surgeons with the best career opportunities across the country. Find your next career opportunity. Log on today!

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