Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons September 2022

The September issue of the ACS Bulletin features a cover story on surgical ergonomics, as well as features on mobile cancer screening, clinical decision support tools, a transplant pioneer, and more.

In this issue:

Executive Director’s Update
Surgical Metrics and Self-Regulation
Dr. Patricia Turner explains why the surgical profession is fortunate to be self-regulating and why the ACS is using innovation and evidence-based metrics to help surgeons turn their technical expertise into technical mastery. 

Surgeons Face Unique Ergonomic Challenges
In an era of growing awareness regarding the effects of healthcare professional well-being on quality of care, the ACS is among those who are developing programs focusing on physician health, including one dedicated to surgical ergonomics.

Reinventing the Wheel: Mobile Cancer Screening Saves Lives, Provides Equitable Preventive Care
The pandemic made it more difficult for patients to undergo health screenings, but thanks to some innovative surgeons, screening equipment is being taken to the patients. 

How Clinical Decision Support Tools Can Be Used to Support Modern Healthcare Delivery
Surgeons are dedicated to providing optimal care for their patients, and clinical decision support tools offer ways for surgeons to work with their patients and optimize treatment plans. 

The COT at 100: Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems
As we come to the end of a year celebrating a century of accomplishments for the ACS Committee on Trauma, this article summarizes key turning points in the evolution of emergency medical services and the creation of the trauma system itself. 

Change of Heart: Transplant Pioneer Uses Experience as Patient to Develop Landmark Innovation
Learn how Dr. Robert Montgomery used familial cardiomyopathy and several near-death experiences to find purpose and redefine organ viability. His pioneering efforts changed the rules of transplantation and eventually saved his life. 


  • New Volume of Cancer Surgery Recommendations Released
  • Take a Stand Against Gun Violence
  • Support Your Colleagues during National Suicide Presentation Awareness Month and Beyond
  • ‘Sorrow Uncomplicated, Sometimes Kills Outright’


  • Dr. Mark Malangoni to Receive Distinguished Service Award
  • Official Notice: Annual Business Meeting of ACS Members during Clinical Congress
  • Surgical Metrics Project Returns to Clinical Congress
  • ACS Initiates New Academic Global Surgery Fellowship
  • 2022 ACS QSC Focuses on Enhancing Surgical Quality Improvement
  • Apply for 2023–2025 ACS Clinical Scholar in Residence Positions by October 31
  • ACSPA/ACS Activities, June 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.


  • For questions about the educational activity, please contact Natalie Boden at nboden@facs.org
  • For technical questions, please contact us at Learning@facs.org.
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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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