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Advisory Council for Gynecology and Obstetrics News: Winter 2019

Message from the Chair

Alan D. Garely, MD, FACSBeing a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), for those of us who are not general surgeons, is a two-way street. We contribute by educating those outside our specialty on how to care for women who have non-gynecologic problems and are either pregnant or have gynecologic involvement. In return, we learn how to apply knowledge from the other surgical specialties to our own. Many of us get more from an ACS meeting then we do from our own specialty societies.

We are looking to build our presence in the College by expanding the number of obstetricians and gynecologists who participate in the organization. There is a role for new members (and established members, too) if you want to get involved in issues related to advocacy, education, communication and other topics, particularly through the work of the many ACS committees and workgroups.

Please feel free to contact me if you need more information or have questions about the ACS.

I look forward to seeing you at a future meeting.

Alan D. Garely, MD, FACS
Chair, Advisory Council for Gynecology and Obstetrics


Advisory Council Updates

Membership Updates

The Advisory Council for Gynecology and Obstetrics would like to acknowledge the following members who completed terms at Clinical Congress 2018:

Michael D. Moen, MD, FACS: American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) Representative
Carrie L. Wieneke, MD, FACS: ACS Young Fellows Association Representative
Katie Crean-Tate, MD: ACS Resident and Associate Society (ACS-RAS) Representative
Warner K. Huh, MD, FACS: ACS Scientific Forum Representative
Diogo Torres, MD: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Junior Fellow Representative

The advisory council welcomes the following new members:

Mikio A. Nihira, MD, FACS: AUGS Representative
Sonia Bhandari, MD: ACS-RAS Representative
Charles A. Leath III, MD, FACS: ACS Scientific Forum Representative
Heather R. Williams, MD: ACOG Junior Fellow Representative

Clinical Congress 2018

The Advisory Council for Gynecology and Obstetrics and the Advisory Council for General Surgery co-sponsored The Pregnant Patient and Abdominal Emergencies session at Clinical Congress 2018.

This Panel Session attracted 482 enthused and engaged participants who seemingly couldn’t get enough of our material. Our speakers included the following: Errol R. Norwitz, MD, PhD, MBA(MFM), from Tufts University; William Edward Charash, MD, FACS, from The University of Vermont; and Jennifer Watamura Uyeda, MD, from The Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The development of an educational taxonomy for Clinical Congress programming will bring an organized view of what the membership wants, needs, and expects in order to participate at the annual meeting. This taxonomy will serve as a time-defined map through which programming that is in alignment with the membership’s educational gaps as well as the membership’s wants and needs can be tracked and developed.

Obstetrician Gynecologist Scholars in the News

Mikio A. Nihira, MD, MPH, FACS, was the ACS/American Urogynecologic Society Health Policy Scholar in June 2018, and he participated in the Leadership Program for Health Policy and Management presented by the Heller School of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.

ACS Intimate Partner Violence Task Force

The ACS Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Task Force, convened in January 2018 under the leadership of former ACS President Barbara Bass, MD, FACS, and Patricia Turner, MD, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Member Services. The task force has released a host of new resources to support surgeons, residents, and medical students who may be the victim of, or have a family member, friend, colleague, or patient experiencing IPV. These resources include a series of articles published in the October 2018 issue of the ACS Bulletin, a new ACS Statement on Intimate Partner Violence, a Tool Kit on how to identify and respond to IPV, and other useful resources on this topic. The task force continues to develop new materials that will benefit the surgical profession’s understanding and response to this issue, and these will be added to the IPV website on an ongoing basis. For questions or suggestions regarding the efforts of the task force, e-mail Dr. Turner at

Safe and Effective Pain Control After Surgery

The ACS Opioid Task Force has developed the Safe and Effective Pain Control After Surgery brochure as a tool for surgeons and surgical teams to use when educating patients on the management of postoperative pain. The brochure includes a functional pain scale, medication plan, and patient evaluation.

Additional patient education brochures include Quit Smoking Before Surgery, which features information on the effect of smoking on surgical outcomes and an action plan for smoking cessation; and Your Lung Surgery, the most viewed video of all resources offered at the ACS, provides the patient with the knowledge and training to support full participation and optimal recovery.

2019 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, is accepting nominations for the 2019 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards. These annual awards recognize surgeons who have made significant contributions to communities in need of surgical aid via organized volunteer activities, through the dedication of their surgical career to the underserved, or through a retirement characterized by surgical outreach.

All nominations must be received by February 15, 2019. For more information, contact or visit the awards web page.