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Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery News: Spring 2016

Greetings from the ACS Pediatric Surgery Advisory Council

In an effort to make the activities of the ACS increasingly relevant and accessible to its pediatric surgical membership, we will be sending out twice-yearly newsletters on general activities of the ACS and those of the Pediatric Surgery Advisory Council. Our goal is to bring high value to you, the practicing pediatric surgeon!

Recent Activities

The Children's Surgery Verification Program

The ACS and the Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care have collaborated to develop standards that will help optimize surgical care for pediatric and children surgical patients. A pilot verification program, launched in 2015, allows the voluntary evaluation of interested centers, after which a verification report is issued. More information on the Children’s Surgery Verification Program is available on the ACS website.

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Pediatric Days at the ACS

Introduced at Clinical Congress 2015 in an effort to increase the meeting's value for pediatric surgeons, the Pediatric Surgery Advisory Council, in collaboration with the ACS Program Committee, has committed to concentrating the meeting's pediatric program over two to three days. Doing so will allow pediatric surgeons to combine general interest sessions with specialty-specific content without attending the entire meeting.

Pillars Update

In response to an organizational pillar redesign of the Board of Governors (BOG), each of the 13 specialty Advisory Councils has populated Advisory Council Pillar Committees to increase the vertical and horizontal crosstalk across the divisions and committees of the College. The Advisory Council Pillar Committees match the structure of the BOG pillars (Communication, Education, Advocacy and Health Policy, Member Services, and Quality) and will increase the College’s ability to effectively communicate its mission and goals to all members.

Program Grid and Topics for Future ACS Meetings

The Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery makes recommendations to the ACS Program Committee for pediatric content at upcoming Clinical Congresses. In making these recommendations, the Advisory Council utilizes a program grid that considers educational content offered by the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) and the Section on Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to avoid inadvertent redundancy in the recommendation of pediatric sessions for ACS Pediatric Days.

The following pediatric surgery topics are included in the Pediatric Surgery track for the 2016 ACS Clinical Congress:

  • Childhood Surgical Conditions: Transitions to Long Term Care and Adult Providers
  • Pediatric Pancreatic Trauma: To Operate or Not to Operate—That Is the Question
  • Early Results from Optimal Resources for Pediatric Surgical Care Program
  • New Approaches to an Old Problem: Pediatric Abdominal Wall Defects
  • Pediatric Neurologic Anesthetic Risks: What Do the Data Show?
  • Utility of Pediatric NSQIP: How Does It Help Me?
  • The Role of Simulation in Training, Education, and Maintenance of Certification in Pediatric Surgery
  • Controversies in the Management of Thyroid and Parathyroid Cancer in Adolescents and Children
  • How Do I Get My Hospital Verified as a Children's Surgical Center?

Resident and Associate Society (RAS-ACS)

This group continues to offer a variety of opportunities for Resident and Associate Fellow engagement. RAS-ACS has requested that Advisory Council members encourage residents in their home programs to join. The Pediatric Surgery Advisory Council strongly supports interaction between pediatric surgeons and trainees who attend the Clinical Congress and will actively seek venues and opportunities for this engagement at future meetings.

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Hot Topics for Members

Statement on the Aging Surgeon

Recently, the ACS Board of Governors Physician Competency and Health Workgroup completed a statement and recommendations on the aging surgeon, which have been approved by the Board of Regents. Read more online.

Flexibility in Duty Hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees: The FIRST Trial

Read the highlights of the outcomes of this pragmatic trial, recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), which compared patient outcomes and resident perception and satisfaction between “standard” and “flexible” duty hour policy groups. This trial has generated some healthy commentary on the ethical challenges of conducting research in the context of clinical care. Read the NEJM’s perspective on this issue.