Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons July 2023

The July issue of the ACS Bulletin includes a cover story on Clinical Congress 2023 in Boston, as well as features on black box technology in the OR, conflict and confusion with DNARs, elite athletes-turned-surgeons, and ChatGPT for busy surgeons.  


In this issue: 

Executive Director’s Update 

Career Advice for Every Surgeon 
Dr. Patricia Turner acknowledges that July is a special time in medicine, with many surgeons and physicians shifting from their roles as residents and fellows to attending physicians. “For the vast majority of us, this is the culmination of a long journey and a moment to reflect on achievements with pride, even as we recognize how much more we have to learn,” she said. 


Join Us for Clinical Congress 2023 in Boston 
One of the most popular surgical meetings of the year—Clinical Congress 2023, October 22–25, in Boston, Massachusetts—offers a rich and diverse educational program that has something for everyone, no matter their discipline: practice-changing research, thought-provoking lectures, pro/con debates, and cutting-edge techniques and technologies.  

Black Box Technology Shines Light on Improving OR Safety, Efficiency  
“Improving surgical care requires access to high-quality data from one of the most secretive environments in modern society—the operating room (OR),” said Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, inventor of the OR Black Box—a sophisticated system of sensors and software that captures data with the goal of minimizing risks and improving patient outcomes. 

DNARs Can Lead to Conflict, Confusion  
Guidance on how to manage surgery patients with “Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate (DNAR)” orders hasn’t been universally adopted and often leads to confusion and conflict. However, several experts in this area are urging surgeons to explore and document a patient’s wishes before the operation.   

Elite Athletes-Turned-Surgeons Take Valuable Lessons into the OR 
The idea that a surgeon’s career can be positively shaped by the habits of high-level sportspeople is not confined to the elite athletes at work in the operating room. Rather, op-eds, peer-reviewed studies, and personal experiences suggest that there are approaches to sports achievement that doctors can borrow to improve their surgical performance. 


For Better or Worse, ChatGPT Is Here to Play 
This viewpoint article—the writing of which was supported by artificial intelligence—explores the potential applications of ChatGPT for busy surgeons, highlighting how it can improve communication and knowledge sharing and provide valuable insights.  


Bir Hospital Pioneers Surgical Services in Nepal 
Cancer Research Program Redefines Its Role to Advance Care for Surgical Cancer Patients 


Dr. Thomas Krummel Receives 2023 Jacobson Innovation Award  
ACS Debuts New Practice Management Resources 
Future Trauma Leader Program Offers Training, Mentoring Opportunities 
Dr. Lucy Kornblith Wins Clowes Award 
Residents Receive Research Scholarships  
Faculty Research Fellows Are Announced 
Report on ACSPA/ACS Activities, June 2023 
Member News  

Target Audience

All members of the ACS, including: 

  • Practicing surgeons 
  • Residents 
  • Medical students 
  • Retired surgeons 
  • Members of the surgical care team 

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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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