Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons Nov. and Dec. 2022

The November/December issue of the ACS Bulletin features a cover story on the harsh reality of second victim syndrome, as well as features on the Great Mace, family philanthropy, the new ACS President, Clinical Congress, and more. 

In this issue:

Executive Director & CEO Update
Charting Our Course for the Year Ahead
Dr. Patricia Turner discusses her first year as Executive Director and CEO, while also touching on the importance of productive partnerships and strategic and innovative programming as the specialty moves forward and the House of Surgery strengthens.

Generations of Giving
Philanthropy is a family affair for Drs. Generoso and Gene Duremdes. This father-son surgeon duo shares the story behind their sponsorship of the Duremdes Family Travel Award, an ACS fund that provides international physicians with the opportunity to attend and participate in the annual Clinical Congress.

Dr. E. Christopher Ellison Urges Surgeons to Unite for the Profession, Patients
With the theme “Surgeons United” chosen for his year of service, newly installed ACS President Dr. Christopher Ellison said in his Presidential Address, “We learned that when we work together, we are far better than working apart.” He also described surgery as the most honorable and professionally rewarding specialty in medicine.

One Mace to Rule Them All
As 2021-2022 ACS Secretary, Dr. Tyler Hughes had the honor of carrying the Great Mace during Convocation at Clinical Congress 2022. In this article, he personally reflects on the experience, sharing, “Like Tolkien’s ring, it has taken a certain power over me. The feeling is too visceral to truly describe.”

Clinical Congress 2022 Highlights
For the first time in 3 years, Clinical Congress convened in person, with more than 9,600 surgeons, residents, medical students, and other healthcare professionals from around the world traveling to San Diego in October. This wrap-up features some of the meeting highlights and photos from the event.

Reduction in PONV Leads to Decrease in Emesis, Length of Stay, and Opioid Use in Bariatric Surgery Patients
New Standards Offer Glimpse of Multidisciplinary Care through the “Lens of the Breast Cancer Patient”
Coming in 2023: Extensive Changes for Reporting Anterior Abdominal Hernia Repair
Joint Commission Changes Reviews of Hospitals
Trepanation Reveals the Success of the Incas

In Memoriam: Dr. Sean Grondin
In Memoriam: Dr. William Sasser
ACS Unveils New “Power of Quality” Campaign
ACS Releases Free Clinical Readiness Curriculum for Military, Civilian Surgeons
ACS Launches Emergency General Surgery Verification Program
Call for Nominations for ACS Officers-Elect and Board of Regents 
Report on ACSPA/ACS Activities, October 2022

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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  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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Editorial Committee Disclosures

Natalie Boden, MBA - Nothing to disclose
Director, Division of Integrated Communications

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