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Advisory Council for Colorectal Surgery News: Summer 2016

It is our pleasure to update our American College of Surgeons (ACS) colorectal surgery members on the activities of the Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgery.

We’re working on your behalf and in collaboration with your colleagues at the ACS.

Make sure to save the dates for our upcoming meetings.

Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS
Advisory Council Chair

Mark Lane Welton, MD, MHCM
Member, Advisory Council Communications Pillar

Advisory Council Updates

As we all know, the rapidly evolving landscape of health care delivery, reimbursement, and education creates many challenges for colon and rectal surgeons; however, we should not overlook the potential opportunities to impact our practice environment and improve the quality of care for our patients. In this light, the ACS is eager to partner with the surgical subspecialties in defining the issues, seeking best practices, and uniting the House of Surgery. Excellent examples of the efforts to define standards for the treatment of rectal cancer led by ACS Regent Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, and the partnership between the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ASCRS) and the ACS on further implementation and development of the Colorectal Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skill (COSATS) under the leadership of ASCRS president Patricia Roberts, MD, FACS, are provided below.

Register for Clinical Congress 2016

Dr. Robert FryRobert D. Fry, MD, FACS, Philadelphia, PA, will be delivering the 10th Herand Abcarian Lecture, A Safe Space for Surgeons? Trigger Warning: Unpleasant Facts Discussed, on Tuesday, October 18 from 8:00 to 9:00 am. Dr. Fry is the Emilie and Roland deHellebranth Emeritus Professor of Surgery, past chair of the department of surgery of Pennsylvania Hospital, and former chief of the division of colon and rectal surgery, University of Pennsylvania Health System. He is a past-president of the Program Directors’ Association for Colon and Rectal Surgery and has served as president of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and president of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He has been the representative of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery to the American Board of Surgery.

Registration for Clinical Congress 2016 is now open. Register today to take advantage of early-bird rates. Search sessions by track to see offerings of interest to colorectal surgeons throughout the entire Clinical Congress.

View the entire Colon and Rectal Surgery track.

Dr. Frank OpelkaDr. Opelka Recognized for ACS Service

This year, Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, Washington, DC, is receiving the Distinguished Service Award during Clinical Congress in recognition of the many years of unparalleled service he’s provided since becoming a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons 29 years ago.

Dr. Opelka is currently the Medical Director of Quality and Health Policy in the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy.


The Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgery and ACS

The ACS Program Committee is already hard at work putting together a comprehensive and well-rounded educational program for Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA. A number of panels submitted by Advisory Council liaison David Beck, MD, FACS, on behalf of the Council have been accepted and incorporated into the educational program.

Last year’s Clinical Congress in Chicago, IL, attracted 362 colorectal surgeons. There are currently 1,207 dues paying colorectal surgeons who are members of the College, which constitutes 3.2 percent of the total membership. A total of 227 of these members are female (4.55 percent). A specialty page on ACS benefits for colorectal surgeons has been developed, and it includes a copy of the specialty flyer “I’m a colorectal surgeon. Why should I join ACS?”

Please share the value of ACS membership with your colleagues or partners who may not be ACS members, and share the flyer at your state and regional meetings to encourage other colorectal surgeons to join our ranks. We improve the strength of our voices through our numbers!

The ACS has been a valuable partner for the colon and rectal community, providing support for the partnership between the ASCRS and the ACS Commission on Cancer regarding the rectal cancer accreditation program. In addition, the ACS will be partnering with the ABCRS on further developing the Colorectal Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills (COSATS) technical skills examination.

Recent ACS Activities

The Aging Surgeon

The College has drafted a position statement regarding the aging surgeon that was published in January. The statement includes validated assessment measures and a process for addressing concerns related to performance.

Concurrent and Overlapping Operations

The ACS Statements on Principles now includes a section on the “Intraoperative Responsibility of the Primary Surgeon,” which contains new language on concurrent, overlapping, and multidisciplinary operations.

ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, addressed the topic of overlapping and concurrent operations in his column in the June 2016 issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.

Find a Surgeon

Other College developments include an update to the website with improvements to the “Find a Surgeon” function that includes a link to match the person looking with the surgeon found.

Scholarship Opportunities

ACS/ASCRS Health Policy Scholarship

The 2016 ACS/ASCRS Health Policy Scholarship was awarded to Jose G. Guillem, MD, FACS, New York, NY, who attended the Leadership Program for Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The intensive one-week program equips health leaders with the knowledge and skills essential for creating innovative and sustainable solutions to improve the quality, cost effectiveness, and efficiency of health care service delivery, and participating in health care policy and reform.

Past recipients of the ACS/ASCRS Health Policy Scholarship include:

  • Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, 2005
  • Clifford Y. Ko, MD, FACS, 2006
  • James I. Merlino, MD, FACS, 2007
  • Patricia L. Roberts, MD, FACS, 2008
  • Stephen M. Sentovich, MD, FACS, 2009
  • Robert R. Cima, MD, MA, FACS, 2010
  • David A. Margolin, MD, FACS, 2011
  • Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, 2012
  • Maher A. Abbas, MD, FACS, 2013
  • Amit Merchea, MD, 2014
  • Fabio M. Potenti, MD, FACS, 2015

ACS Faculty Research Fellowships

July 1, 2017–June 30, 2019

The American College of Surgeons is offering two-year faculty research fellowships, through the generosity of Fellows, Chapters, and friends of the College, to surgeons entering academic careers in surgery or a surgical specialty. The fellowship is to assist a surgeon in the establishment of a new and independent research program. Applicants should have demonstrated their potential to work as independent investigators. The fellowship award is $40,000 per year for each of two years to support the research.

ACS Resident Research Scholarships

July 1, 2017–June 30, 2019

The American College of Surgeons is offering two-year resident research scholarships. Eligibility for these scholarships is limited to the research projects of residents in surgery or a surgical specialty. These scholarships are supported by the generosity of Fellows, Chapters, and friends of the College, to encourage residents to pursue careers in academic surgery.