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
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