Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons August 2023
The August ACS Bulletin is a special Resident and Associate Society (RAS) issue highlighting the theme “The Future of Surgical Training.” Read articles written by RAS members detailing the impact of online communication platforms, a major shift in surgery education, becoming a surgeon-advocate, AI and its influence on training, and the evolution of general surgery residency training.
In this issue:
Executive Director’s Update
The Future of the Surgical Profession
Dr. Patricia Turner explains that while surgeons cannot predict the future, they can meet the future by knowing, engaging, and welcoming the next generation of surgical colleagues. “I am proud that the College maintains a strong focus on supporting residents and fellows as they progress through training and establish their careers,” she says.
Social Media Influences Surgical Training
The rapid advancement of communication platforms, particularly social media, has revolutionized the way we connect, interact, and share information. One area that has been influenced profoundly by this digital revolution is surgical training.
Future of Surgical Training Will Include Major Shift in Education Model
Surgical educators will need to plan beyond acquisition of technical skills and medical knowledge to emphasize the value of ongoing self-reflection and feedback, increase specialized certification, and encourage the development of nontechnical skills.
Champion the Future of Surgical Training by Becoming a Surgeon-Advocate
Surgeons have unique qualifications and experiences that they can bring to policymaking. Therefore, strengthening the development of surgeon-advocates is integral to the surgical training paradigm.
How Artificial Intelligence Is Expected to Transform Surgical Training
This article explores how surgical trainees can interact with artificial intelligence (AI) through surgical education, skills acquisition, and intraoperative decision-making; it also examines ethical considerations surrounding AI.
General Surgery Residency Training Continues to Evolve
Surgical residency has evolved significantly over the course of the last several decades, and times continue to change.
Next Generation of Clinicians Lead Charge Toward Healthcare Sustainability—But They Need Help
This viewpoint article—written by a future orthopaedic surgeon—describes how surgical professionals are in a unique position to reduce the environmental impact of surgical services without compromising quality or patient safety.
Cancer Teaches Unexpected Lessons in Self-Care
While in residency, Dr. Anthony Duncan was diagnosed with cancer. He shares personal reflections and lessons learned from the life-changing experience, including the importance of taking care of yourself.
Light Source-Related Burns Are a Real Problem
Quality and Safety Conference Charts the North Star of Surgical Quality
Are Early Specialization and Integrated Subspecialty Training the Fast Track to the Future?
Participate in New Virtual Course on Using AI and ML in Surgery
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Editorial Committee Disclosures
Natalie Boden, MBA - Nothing to disclose
Director, Division of Integrated Communications
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