Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons - August 2021

The College is excited to offer a new initiative to give readers the opportunity to claim CME credit for time spent reading the monthly Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. Readers may only claim a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per month. The duration to claim CME credit is up to two months. The deadline to claim CME credit is September 30, 2021.

The August 2021 issue of the Bulletin centers on the following theme, which was developed by the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS): The surgeon’s role in health policy. Related articles are as follows:

  • Getting started in advocacy and health policy: The ACS can help
  • The teaching prerogative and the role of surgeons in educational health care policy
  • Surgical societies: Their impact on health policy
  • Surgeon advocacy in action: Challenges, accomplishments, and future direction
  • This is our lane: Advocating for firearm injury prevention as surgeons
  • Leveraging the surgeon’s role in health policy to address global road traffic injury

Other highlights in this month’s Bulletin are as follows:

  • Profiles in leadership: A few questions for Beth Sutton, MD, FACS
  • Revised Statement on the Importance of Workplace Accommodations for Pregnancy, Parental Leave, and Lactation Support for Practicing Surgeons
  • Statement on Resident Access to Personal Protective Equipment
  • ACS Cancer Research Program: Tips and strategies to maximize the use and impact of social media for surgeons
  • A look at The Joint Commission: New award recognizes hospitals that working to reduce health care disparity


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.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons
August 2021
Chicago, IL 

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Ineligible company

The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation. 

Editorial Committee Disclosures

Diane Schneidman, Editor-in-Chief - Nothing to disclose

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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CME Credit Claiming Information

All learners must complete the course evaluation in order to claim a CME Certificate or a Certificate of Completion. Participants may only claim a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per month.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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