American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

100 Words

Access. This is an important word in many circumstances. The August Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons focuses on health policy and the potential role that surgeons can play. Surgeons do not make health policy; that is done by state and federal governments. However, we can influence health policy, but we need access. Again, we find ourselves needing access to reverse the Medicare 4 percent rate cut. To deliver our messages to state and federal legislatures, we need real access. Like it or not, a PAC is a method to get access to specific legislators who make health policy. Consider contributing to the ACS Professional Association-SurgeonsPAC.

— Marshall Z. Schwartz, MD, FACS, Past-Chair, American College of Surgeons (ACS) Health Policy and Advocacy Group, and Past Vice-Chair, ACS Board of Regents

Surgeon Voices

In this issue, Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Vice-Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents, and Director, Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviews:

Tiffany Erin Chao, MD, MPH, FACS, and Keith Lillemoe, MD, FACS, on the Journal of Medical Insight, which has a unique video-based format to put visuals to current and standard-of-care surgical procedures.

Samantha Hendren, MD, MPH, FACS, associate professor of surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Conor P. Delaney, MD, MCh, PhD, FACS, FRCSI, FASCRS, FRCSI(Hon), chair, Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, on the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Fundamentals of Rectal Cancer Surgery Program for the ACS Commission on Cancer National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer.

This Week on the ACS Instagram

The ACS Instagram account (@AmCollSurgeons) continues to add new posts about interesting surgeons and surgery topics. Following is what's new in the last week:

  • Adam Deutchman, MD, FACS, general surgeon, Steele Memorial Medical Center, Salmon, ID, shares art from early in his practices that reveals the exhaustion he felt at the time
  • The Modern Surgeon series shares the words of Oya Andacoglu, MD, associate fellow, transplant surgeon, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, on her excitement to be a surgeon and a member of the ACS
  • The Icons of Surgery series profiles Ernest Amory Codman, MD, FACS, the progenitor of the "End Result Idea," which posited that hospitals should follow every patient they treat long enough to determine whether the treatment was successful, and learn from failures. This idea has been a cornerstone of the ACS' quality work for more than a century.
  • The Trauma Quality Improvement Program is described.

If you are new to Instagram and want to learn about signing up for an account, visit the official Instagram website for detailed instructions. Once you have an account, simply navigate to @AmCollSurgeons and hit the "Follow" button at the top, and all ACS posts will appear in your feed when you access the app.