Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons April 2023

The April issue of the ACS Bulletin includes a cover story on what happens after Match Day, as well as features on the comeback of whole blood, training surgeons in Sub-Saharan Africa, and global surgery and ethical dilemmas. 

In this issue:

Executive Director & CEO Update
Five Ways Surgeons Can Welcome Incoming Residents, Fellows, and New Partners
Dr. Patricia Turner details five important things to keep in mind as we welcome and celebrate the incoming class of residents, as well as new attendings and partners. “I look forward to sharing our skills, knowledge, and passion for our profession with this next generation,” she said.

Set Yourself Up for Success after Match Day  
Congratulations—you matched into residency! Now what? This article outlines steps you should take in the weeks and months leading up to your residency placement, including contacting your future program director, completing paperwork, preparing to move, and finding your community. 
Whole Blood in Resuscitating Trauma Patients Is Making a Comeback  
Research is emerging—including the most downloaded article from the Journal of the American College of Surgeons in 2022—that shows whole blood works better for trauma patients than fractionated components of blood. This discovery is catching attention in the worlds of trauma and surgery.  
ACS, COSECSA Bring Quality Surgical Care to Sub-Saharan Africa  
Eash year, surgeons from across the world serve as volunteer examiners in the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA) fellowship oral examination. Dr. Dan Chase recently traveled to Windhoek, Namibia, to participate and shares his thoughts on the experience.   

Globalization of Healthcare Creates Evolving Ethical Dilemmas  
Global surgery brings an added layer of complexity to the discussion of surgical ethics. To a certain extent, ethical standards for surgical care are bound by both culture and custom. This article tackles the history of global surgery and its intimate relationship with ethical dilemmas. 

General Surgery Is Relevant and Rewarding 
“No other specialty prepares a surgeon for such a broad range of procedures that help patients at all stages of their lives,” said Dr. Michael Sarap, who reveals his candid thoughts about and personal experiences from his 40-year career as a general surgeon. 

Experts Answer FAQs about CPT Coding and New Hernia Repair Codes 
eIn Situ Simulation Training on Code Blues May Improve Teamwork, Code Response 
International Abstract(s) of Surgery Inspires Advances in Medical Literature 

ACS Cancer Conference Focuses on Teamwork, Understanding the Patient Journey 
Teletrauma Helps Advance Rural Trauma Care 
ACS-COSECSA Women Scholars Are Announced 
Proceedings Released from Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention 
ACS and Society for Vascular Surgery Launch Verification Program 
Members in the News 
ACS Endorses Equitable Enforcement of Bicycle Helmet Laws 

Target Audience

All members of the ACS, including:

  • Medical students
  • Residents
  • Practicing surgeons
  • Retired surgeons
  • Members of the surgical care team

Learning Objectives

To provide readers with information they can apply as leaders of their institutions and in their daily practices, as well as timely updates on ACS activities and initiatives.


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Editorial Committee Disclosures

Natalie Boden, MBA - Nothing to disclose
Director, Division of Integrated Communications

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