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 articlewritten by a future orthopaedic surgeondescribes 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 
Member News

Target Audience

All members of the ACS, including: 

  • Practicing surgeons 
  • Residents 
  • Medical students 
  • 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
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Editorial Committee Disclosures

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

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

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