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ACS Quality and Safety Conference Virtual—Don't Miss These Sessions!

Register today for the ACS Quality and Safety ConferenceThe free 2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL has much to offer live and on-demand this year. Make sure to check out some exciting sessions in the following categories.

Quality Improvement

Along with the other on-demand sessions, an invaluable series of six quality improvement (QI) sessions will guide learners through an overview, introduce basic key principles and explain how to conduct a QI project from start to finish. In collaboration with the ACS, Lillian Kao, MD, FACS, designed these sessions to specifically address the most popular topics/common questions about QI fundamentals. Dr. Kao will host a live session 9:00–10:00 am CDT July 12 to unveil the QI sessions, walk attendees through the sessions and answer any questions.

Surgical Specialties

The ACS Board of Regents will host two sessions focused on surgical specialties. The first session will be streamed live 9:30–10:30 am CDT July 13 and hosted by Scott Levin, MD, FACS, ACS Board of Regents Chair. Dr. Levin will introduce attendees to invited experts from the surgical fields of orthopaedics, obstetrics/gynecology, thoracic and urology, and they will share items of interest from their respective specialties and discuss how they may help other specialties.

The second session will stream 10:30 am CDT July 13 and the panel will include Dr. Levin, Anthony Atala, MD, FACS; Enrique Hernandez, MD, FACS; and Douglas Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd. The four surgeons will engage in a discussion where they will focus on what the House of Surgery means to them, issues unique to their surgical specialties and the future of the ACS.

Don't forget to register for free and to follow along on Twitter at @AmCollSurgeons and use the hashtag #QualitySafety21.

Read the June Bulletin: The Role of the FDA in the Digital Transformation of Health Care

June 2021 Bulletin coverThe June issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons is available online. The cover story in this month's Bulletin focuses on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) perspective on the digital transformation in health care, including an interview with Bakul Patel, MSc, MBA, Director of the FDA Digital Health Center of Excellence.

Other highlights in the June issue are as follows:




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 Board of Regents Chair Dr. L. Scott Levin Featured in Politico: Future Pulse Article on Telehealth

As patients begin to once again visit their physicians in person, health systems and practitioners must consider how to best use the telehealth services that proved invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the June 2 issue of Politico's Future Pulse newsletter, L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Chair of the ACS Board of Regents provided some thoughts on the subject, including how postoperative telehealth visits that involve examining a patient's function, such as standing up, might become routine. There are challenges, however, in treating complex cases and people from underserved communities that may lack high-speed internet access, Dr. Levin noted.

Read the full article.

Listen to the Podcast Corner—Cold Steel Interviews Expert on Intersection of Surgery and Planetary Health

Podcast selections are curated by Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, and reviewed by the Bulletin Brief editorial board.

This week, we feature a wonderful podcast series created by the Canadian Journal of Surgery entitled Cold Steel. In this episode, Andrea MacNeill, MD, a surgical oncologist in Vancouver, BC, describes her passion for improving planetary health both inside and outside the operating room. She discusses how operating room waste impacts the environment and what we can do to lessen that impact. Enjoy listening and learning!

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 CDT 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 implemented at your hospitals. TQIP wants to know what internal performance improvement efforts you have developed, 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.

Participate in RAS-ACS Webinar on Responding to Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment in Surgery

Bullying, harassment and discrimination are always harmful, and in health care, colleagues and even patients suffer the effects of this disruptive behavior. Learn about how to recognize and respond to these workplace issues in a Resident and Associate Society of the ACS webinar, Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment: How to Become an Empowered Surgeon, 7:00 pm CDT June 9. The webinar will explore the terms associated with this behavior, identify modern situations where pitfalls might be encountered, and present strategies to mitigate workplace discrimination, bullying and harassment.

The webinar will be presented by Michele Manahan, MD, MBA, FACS, associate professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery and vice-chair of faculty and staff development and well-being at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. She is also immediate past-president, MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society. Dr. Manahan is the Young Fellows Association (YFA) Liaison to the Women in Surgery Committee of the ACS. The mission of WiSC is to promote an environment that fosters inclusion, respect and success. Dr. Manahan and a team of other WiSC members developed this toolkit for ACS members' personal and professional use. The toolkit is available on the Women in Surgery Committee webpage.

Register today!

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Section Chief—General and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, BC Vascular Surgeon, and More

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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