Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons January 2023

The January issue of the ACS Bulletin includes a cover story with personal reflections from ACS members who have provided patient care and support in Ukraine, as well as features on an NGO started by a medical student, sibling surgeons, coding updates, and more. 

In this issue:

Executive Director & CEO Update
Fresh Start for the New Year
January is Surgeon Well-Being Month, and Dr. Patricia Turner offers a valuable reminder: “It’s essential that we take care of ourselves, both physically and mentally, so that we can take better care of our patients.” She also emphasizes the importance of “being together and learning together” as we return to in-person meetings.

Surgeons Help Heal Ukraine
Against a backdrop of risk to personal safety and ongoing violence, several ACS members traveled to Ukraine, offering patient care for the injured, education for Ukrainian colleagues and care teams, and support for its citizens. In this series of articles, the surgeons describe their personal experiences.

Med Student Forms NGO to Help War Victims, Ease Training Burnout
Just 2 weeks into medical school, Dr. Aaron Epstein decided to create the Global Surgical and Medical Support Group (GSMSG)—an NGO that enables physicians, nurses, and medics trained in the US to provide care for patients in war-torn regions. He admits that pausing to pursue other endeavors such as the GSMSG re-energized him, while also helping him get through the general surgery residency grind.

Sibling Surgeons Share Special Bonds over Their Career Choices
In this final installment of the Bulletin series on surgeon families, three sets of sibling surgeons generously share their personal and inspirational stories. Drs. Ed and Fred Chen, Drs. Erin and Devin Gillaspie, and Drs. Jonathan and Sean Dort detail their journeys in this unique space as brothers, sisters, best friends, and colleagues.  

New 2023 CPT Coding Changes Impact General Surgery, Related Specialties
Changes to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set went into effect on January 1. Learn how the updates will affect general surgery and its related specialties.

How Will the 2023 MPFS Affect Your Practice?
What’s New for the Quality Payment Program in 2023
Viewpoint: Surgical M&Ms Need a Scientific Lexicon of “Necessary and Sufficient”
Today’s National Cancer Database Is Key to a Better Tomorrow
Blood Product Stewardship May Improve Trauma Patient Outcomes
Atlas Is Still Embraced after More than 80 Years

Dr. Timothy Eberlein Is Elected Chair of ACS Board of Regents
2022 TQIP Annual Conference Informs and Inspires Trauma Care Providers
Sudan Mandates STOP THE BLEED Training for Drivers
In Memoriam: Julius H. Jacobson, MD, FACS, Pioneering Vascular Surgeon and Philanthropist
Call for Nominations for ACS Officers-Elect and Board of Regents
Deadline Is Approaching to Apply for Surgical Ethics Fellowships

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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