Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons May 2022

This month’s cover story is “Improving Care for Rectal Cancer Patients in Rural Canada” and is accompanied by three invited commentaries from ACS leaders. Other highlights include:


  • New ACS Website Aims to Enrich Member Experiences
  • 2021 ACS Governors Survey: Surgical Training Paradigms: From Medical School into Practice
  • The COT at 100: Setting the Standard for Quality Programs
  • Trailblazing Women Minority Surgeons: Dr. Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee: Pioneering Asian-American Military Surgeon
  • Profiles in ACS Leadership: A Few Questions for Linda G. Phillips, MD, FACS


  • Executive Director’s Update: Building Trust in Our Profession
  • ACS Cancer Research Program: Implications of the KEYNOTE-522 Trial for Patients with Early Stage
  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer
  • A Look at The Joint Commission: Ensuring the Safe Reuse of Critical Instruments and Devices
  • DEI in Action: Patching the Leaky Pipeline: Increasing Diversity in Surgery through Parallel Initiatives Targeting Four Educational Levels
  • From the Archives: The Buxton Mission School, the Original “Pipeline” of Black Surgeons: Part 2


  • ACS COT Centennial Celebration Promotes Vision for the Future and a Transition in Leadership
  • In Memoriam: Dr. W. Hardy Hendren III, Pioneering Pediatric and Urologic Surgeon
  • ACS Committee on Trauma Releases New Standards for Care of the Injured Patient

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.



Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation. 

Editorial Committee Disclosures

Diane Schneidman, Editor-in-Chief - Nothing to disclose

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

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All learners must complete the course evaluation in order to claim a CME Certificate or a Certificate of Completion. Participants may only claim a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per month.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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