Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons February 2023
The February issue of the ACS Bulletin includes a cover story on delivering difficult patient conversations, as well as features on regenerative medicine research, liver transplantation for metastatic colorectal cancer, how to organize a skills competition, and the new Surgical Chairs Playbook.
In this issue:
Executive Director’s Update
Making Members’ Voices Heard through Leadership and Advocacy
Dr. Patricia Turner highlights legislative developments, and also offers a reminder that members should take advantage of opportunities to develop and enhance their leadership and advocacy skills: “Surgeons work tirelessly to fulfill—and advocate on behalf of—their patients’ needs. Developing and enhancing our leadership and advocacy skills are essential as we move into a new Congress.”
Delivering Difficult Patient Conversations Is a Skill to be Learned, Practiced
Breaking bad news to patients and their families is complex and one of the most sensitive tasks in medicine. Few professional interactions create more anxiety, worry, and deep concern. “If giving difficult news feels easy, you probably aren’t doing it right,” says Dr. Kimberly Kopecky.
Passion for Athletics, Past Injury Inspire Surgeon’s Research in Regenerative Medicine
As an undergraduate at Stanford University, Dr. Ashley Titan suffered a serious wrist injury. The recovery process stoked her interest in surgery and would lay the groundwork for her ACS Foundation-supported research in regenerative medicine.
Liver Transplantation for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Pushes Treatment Boundaries
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the US, with as many as 50% of patients developing colorectal liver metastasis at some point in their disease course. In recent years, the field of transplant oncology has gained interest and “is showing great promise.”
Surgical Skills Competition Teaches Vital Lessons
Gamification, through competition, can encourage increased trainee participation in simulation—a model that has been shown to accelerate the learning curve and improve dexterity and efficiency. The authors share tips and tricks on how to organize a skills competition.
Surgical Chairs Playbook Offers Proven Strategies for High-Performance Leadership
The Surgical Chairs Playbook— designed to help surgeon leaders feel more confident when transitioning into the role of surgical chair—is now available. This comprehensive collection of innovative leadership strategies, evidence-based practices, personal experiences, and advice is a must-read, according to its four surgeon editors
Ethical Concerns Grow as AI Takes on Greater Decision-Making Role
Mobile Device Application Helps Predict Postoperative Complications
Quality Improvement Initiative Takes on Smoking among Cancer Patients
ACS NSQIP Data Provide Insight on Blood Product Use
Retained Surgical Items Bundle May Help Reduce Patient Harm
End-of-Year Funding Bill Is Packed with ACS Legislative Victories
ACS, NDMS Deliver Record-Breaking STOP THE BLEED Training
Top JACS Articles in 2022 Make Scientific Impact
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