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Advisory Council for Gynecology and Obstetrics News: Summer 2017

Message from the Chair

Mitchell I. Edelson, MD, FACSWelcome to the first American College of Surgeons (ACS) Advisory Council for Gynecology and Obstetrics newsletter. Membership in the ACS provides many benefits, including this concise newsletter focused on topics of importance to our specialty. We welcome your ideas on any information that you want to receive via this communication platform.

Best regards,
Mitchell I. Edelson, MD, FACS
Chair, ACS Advisory Council for Gynecology and Obstetrics

Advisory Council Updates

Stop the Bleed is an initiative of the ACS and the Hartford Consensus and features news, illustrations, videos, and other resources developed by a variety of private and not-for-profit partners to assist first responders in a bleeding control emergency.

Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery

The ACS Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery (EBDS) program, developed and administered by the ACS Division of Education, provides concise and focused practice guidelines that assist surgeons in providing quality care to their patients.

These point-of-care modules address diagnoses and conditions most relevant to general surgeons and are derived from currently available evidence, practice guidelines, and consensus recommendations from experienced surgeons. These modules should be used as appropriate, based on the patient’s surgical condition and the surgeon’s experience. The program includes a module on Management of the Pregnant Trauma Patient.

Visit the EBDS topics page for a complete list of EBDS modules.

ACS and AUGS Health Policy Scholarship

Elisabeth Erekson, MD, FACSCongratulations to Elisabeth Erekson, MD, FACS, of Bedford, NH, who is the recipient of the 2017 ACS/American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) Health Policy Scholarship.

Dr. Erekson attended the Leadership Program for Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, in June. The intensive one-week program equips health care leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the quality, cost effectiveness, and efficiency of health care service delivery, and prepares them for participating in health care policy and reform.

Past recipients of the ACS/AUGS Health Policy Scholarship include the following:

Stewart J. Wetchler, MD, JD, FACS, 2005
Tomas L. Griebling, MD, FACS, 2006
Alan D. Garely, MD, FACS, 2007
S. Renee Edwards, MD, FACS, 2008
George Lazarou, MD, FACS, 2009
Ebenezer O. Babalola, MD, FACS, 2010
Adam C. Steinberg, DO, FACS, 2011
Blair B. Washington, MD, MHA, 2012
Steven Minaglia, MD, MBA, FACS, 2013
Samantha J. Pulliam, MD, 2014
Tanaz R. Ferzandi, MD, 2015
Mallika Anand, MD, 2016

Resident and Associate Society

Katie Crean-Tate, MD, an ObGyn resident at the University of California, Davis, is the Resident and Associate Society (RAS) of the ACS (RAS-ACS) representative to the advisory council. Dr. Crean-Tate became an ACS Resident member in 2015.

In this video, Dr. Crean-Tate encourages ObGyn residents to join RAS-ACS.

Hot Topics for Members


Payment policies outlined in the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act (MACRA) using the newly developed Quality Payment Program (QPP) are in the early stages of implementation. Read more about what the ACS is doing to prepare surgeons and support patients in the adoption of these new reimbursement models.

Concurrent Surgery

The issues related to distinguishing overlapping and concurrent surgery have received considerable attention in the lay and professional media, prompting the College to explore and restate its position in its Statement on Principles: The Intraoperative Responsibilities of the Primary Surgeon.

Physician Well-Being Index

Personal and professional well-being are vital to the success of members of the ACS and your patients. Many health care professionals experience periods of distress, yet few physicians seek help. In an effort to provide relief to interested surgeons, the ACS has compiled several resources to support surgeons and residents as they confront the challenges associated with surgical care.

One of these new resources is the Physician Well-Being Index. All U.S. Fellows and Associate Fellows in active practice, as well as Residents Members and Fellows in training, are invited to use this validated screening tool that provides an opportunity for you to better understand your overall well-being and identify areas of risk in comparison with physicians and residents across the nation. (Access for International members is not yet available). Local and national resources also will be tailored to you based on your results. The tool is completely anonymous. Your information and score is private, and your individual score will not be shared with anyone, including the ACS.

Visit the ACS Surgeon Well-Being page to learn more about the tool and how to access it, as well as review other helpful resources.

Advisory Council for Gynecology and Obstetrics Roster

The Advisory Council for Gynecology and Obstetrics is composed of representatives from the Board of Regents and four specialty societies, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, the AUGS, the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, and the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. The advisory council also includes representatives from the ACS Board of Governors, and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The Advisory Council is interested in hearing your concerns and suggestions. Please submit your comments to the Council's staff liaison at