REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR GENERAL SURGERY
1. Members — Advisory Council for General Surgery
John H. Stewart IV, Chair – Term ends: 2021 (1)
Christopher R. McHenry, Vice Chair – Term ends: 2020 (1)
SPECIALTY SOCIETY REPRESENTATIVES
American Society of General Surgeons — George K. Gillian
American Society of Transplant Surgeons — Ginny L. Bumgardner
American Surgical Association — Celia M. Divino
Association of Program Directors in Surgery — Thomas J. VanderMeer
Association of Women Surgeons — Jennifer S. Davids
Canadian Association of General Surgeons — David R. Urbach
Central Surgical Association — Robert C.G. Martin
Midwest Surgical Association — Jonathan M. Saxe
New England Surgical Society — Edward C. Borrazzo
Pacific Coast Surgical Association — Kevin G. Billingsley
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons — Liane S. Feldman
Society of Surgical Oncology — Kelly K. Hunt
Southeastern Surgical Congress — Katherine Morgan
Southern Surgical Association — Rebecca C. Britt
Southwestern Surgical Congress — Kenric M. Murayama
The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma — Daniel L. Dent
Western Surgical Association — Carlos V.R. Brown
ABS Board Representative— Kenji Inaba
ACS Program Representative— M. Timothy Nelson
ACS Young Fellows Association — Kyle Vincent
ACS Resident and Associate Society — Ambria Moten
Advisory Council for Rural Surgery Liaison (ACRS Vice Chair) — Matthew B. Rossi
ACS Board of Regents— Timothy J. Eberlein
ACS STAFF — Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS & Mark Peterson, Administrator
2. ACS Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the practice of surgery. The ACS has been at the forefront of this public health crisis by directing policy and communications to serve the Fellows as well as our patients. Specifically, the College has developed clinical issues guidance, ethical considerations, legislative and regulatory updates, surgeon well-being assistance, economic viability guidance, and other resources in this time of uncertainty.
The ACS continues to publish the Bulletin Brief, a weekly e-newsletter that replaced both Bulletin: ACS COVID-19 Updates in early May and the weekly ACS NewsScope. The Bulletin Brief, issued on Tuesday afternoon, combines all the element of both e-newsletters in a reader friendly and responsive format.
3. ACS Post-COVID-19 Readiness Checklist for Resuming Surgery
As hospitals are preparing for the resumption of necessary surgery, research shows that patients have many questions and specific uncertainties about the safety of undergoing necessary operations in hospitals, regardless of whether COVID-19 patients are being concurrently treated in the same facility.
Patients are increasingly requesting information about their facility’s readiness for safely performing surgery. They trust their surgeon to deliver safe and high-quality care, as well as their willingness to provide information about how they will do so. To address this, the ACS has developed a checklist to help surgeons ultimately communicate to their patients important information about the issues of most concern to them.
4. Surgeon Well-Being
Burnout affects engagement with your patients, colleagues, and work. During this time, you may feel a lack of professional purpose; feelings of being unempowered are common, but you are not alone. The ACS is committed to fostering well-being, resilience, and work-life integration for surgeons at every stage of their careers.
The ACS has curated tools and resources to help surgeons stay healthy, engaged, and physically and mentally strong to support their professional pursuits and provide optimal care to patients. At a systems level, the ACS has resources for program directors and administrators that support optimal work-life integration for surgeons.
5. 2021 Clinical Congress Proposals from the Advisory Council for General Surgery
Acute Bariatric Surgical Emergencies
Acute obstructions of the gastrointestinal tract
All Risk and No Glory: Dealing with the Difficult Gallbladder
Anti-reflux Surgery for Atypical Reflux Symptoms: Does it Work?
Bariatric Surgery for the Non-Bariatric Surgeon: From Emergency Presentations to Long-term Management
Barrett’s Esophagus- Innovations in diagnosis and data on treatment (PG Course)
Beyond the DeMeester Score: When to recommend Anti-Reflux Surgery
Contemporary Management of Acute Infected Necrotizing Pancreatitis
Controversies in the Management of the Acute Abdomen
Dialysis Access: Into the Belly or into the Vessels?
Emergency general surgery in challenging patient populations
Emergency Surgical Diseases of the Colon
Endoscopic Management of GI Bleeding for the Acute Care Surgeon (Skills Course)
Evolving Paradigms for Peritoneal Surface Malignancies: What Are Our Options?
Fluorescent Image-Guided Surgery: the Next Frontier or All Hype?
From Avoiding Burnout to Optimizing Joy
High-Resolution Manometry for Surgeons
I Want My Baby Back Ribs: Rib Fracture Management in 2021
Identifying and Addressing Inequities in General Surgery Residency Training
Innovation Junction: Surgeons Have Great Ideas - How to Turn those Ideas into Products
Management of Locally Recurrent Colorectal Cancer: Building a Team
Minimally Invasive Surgery for Cancer
Molecular Markers for Thyroid Nodules: Friend or Foe
Nontraumatic perforations of the gastrointestinal tract
Oncoplastic Breast Surgery: The Why and How
Please Release Me: Step by Step Tips for Abdominal Wall Hernias
Re-operative Foregut Surgery: Optimizing Technical Outcomes
When Someone’s Been There Before
Robotics in Emergency General Surgery: What is the Future?
Six Steps to Success! Optimizing Surgeon Teaching in the Operating Room (Skills Course)
Social Media and Virtual Surgical Education in the Post-COVID Era
Straight Outta "Botched": The Cost of Medical Tourism (Meet the Expert)
Surgical Energy and OR Safety - Beyond the pandemic
Surgical management of severe gastrointestinal bleeding
Telemedicine in Surgery: Are We There Yet?
Ten Hot Topics in General Surgery - Repeat Session
The Resurgence of Open Non-Mesh Inguinal Hernia Repair: What’s Old is New Again
The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Surgery: Future or Fantasy?
The Rural Surgeon: An Endangered Professional (Town Hall)
Turning the Operating Room into a Learning Engine:
Strategies to Optimize Teaching and Training in the Clinical Setting
Ultra ERAS: The Next Generation of Enhanced Recovery Programs
Using Video to Up Your Game
Vascular Complications in COVID-19 Patients
What's Left for the General Surgeon in the Era of Super Specialization? (Town Hall)
When elective procedures become emergent
When We Are All Trainees: Creating a Robotics Curriculum for Residents and Practicing Surgeons
6. New Members
INITIATES BY SPECIALTY - 2020
|Specialty||Number||Percent of Total|
|Obstetrics & Gynecology||49||2.31%|
|Oral & Maxillofacial||40||1.88%|
|Plastic & Reconstructive||99||4.66%|
|Total: General Surgery||1267||59.8%|
|Total: All Other Specialties||853||40.2%|
|Total = 2120 (28% Women, 36% international)|
|Total Fellows = 64,500 (48% are general surgeons)|
Edward C. Borrazzo, MD
NESS Representative, ACS Advisory Council for General Surgery