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Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response TRACIE Webinar: Establishing Medical Operations Coordination Cells for COVID-19

COVID-19 has resulted in asymmetrical hospital utilization: certain regions’ health care systems have experienced a surge in patients, while others have excess capacity. Patient transfer coordination, through dedicated staffing and data collection/analysis, can improve patient allocation at the sub-state, state, and federal levels. This webinar covers this topic with a number of resources.

A link to the recording is here and slides can be accessed here.

Resident and Associate Society

Wellness Hangout: Take a Breath and Decompress

Tuesday, April 28 | 8:00 pm Central Time
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Members of the American College of Surgeons Resident and Associate Society (RAS-ACS) Membership Committee will lead attendees through an informal conversation, including time to decompress and talk about difficult cases or life experiences during COVID-19, and lighter moments to enjoy some COVID-19-free time with peers. Jeremy Kauffman will share bits of a RAS-ACS-sponsored Grand Rounds Webinar Series from John D. Mellinger, MD, FACS, of SIU, “Physician, Heal Thyself, a Reflection on Resident Wellness,” then lead a discussion.

Project Quarantine: Didactic Education Series

Week 6: Gastric Cancer and Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)

SCORE Modules:
Gastric Adenocarcinoma
GISTs and Miscellaneous Neoplasms
Gastrectomy-Partial/Total

Quarantine Surgical Education Video:
Multidisciplinary Approach for Gastric Cancer, Dr. Waddah B. Al-Refaie

Journal Articles:
Bozzetti F, Marubini E, Bonfianti G, Miceli R, Piano G, Gennari L. Subtotal Versus Total Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer: Five-Year Survival Rates in a Multicenter Randomized Italian Trial. Italian Gastrointestinal Tumor Study Group. Ann Surg. 1999;230(2):170-178.

Valsangkar N, Sehdev A, Misra S, Zimmers TA, O’Neil BH, Koniaris LG. Current management of gastrointestinal stromal tumors: Surgery, current biomarkers, mutations, and therapy. Surgery. 2015; 158(5):1149-1164.

We welcome feedback on any of the materials presented. Please subscribe to Quarantine Surgical Education on YouTube for additional didactic and technique videos. If you know of a surgical educator with a great didactic or technique lecture who may be willing to record and provide to the resident community, please e-mail RASnews@facs.org.

American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery COVID-19 Podcast Series

Episode 6: ENTs’ Personal COVID-19 Experiences: Managing Your Wellness
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Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS, a member of the ACS Board of Governors, representing the Society of University Otolaryngologists, recently participated in a podcast on “Managing Your Wellness” hosted by the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Shapiro, who is currently recovering from COVID-19 and is the founder of the Center for Professionalism and Peer Support at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, discusses the importance of physician wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frontline Providers: Find a Safe Place to Stay While Providing Care during the Pandemic

Several hotel chains and American Express have developed discount programs for members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) who are on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Examples are as follows:

  • Hilton and American Express have partnered to donate up to one million free hotel nights to frontline medical professionals, which means ACS members in good standing can have a safe and welcoming place to stay as they provide care to COVID-19 patients. Bookings can be made for up to seven consecutive nights at a time and are open through May 9. The program will run through May 31, with rooms added on a rolling basis and subject to availability.
  • Marriott International invites first responders and support staff providing medical, relief, and support services to book designated hotels nationwide as a part of a community caregivers program. This initiative, available in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America, provides significantly discounted rates for first responders and health care professionals who want to book rooms at Marriott hotels in close proximity to the hospitals where they’re working. The rate is available at nearly 2,500 hotels and will be available from March 26, 2020, through June 30, 2020.
  • Click here or go to Marriott.com and under the Special Rates, click Corporate/Promo/Set # and enter code: QWO. The Community Caregiver Rates will populate in the search results for participating hotels.
  • IHG is offering discounted guest room rates to frontline responders. Simply go online to www.ihg.com and search for available hotels. When making your reservation, type in the IHG COVID Crisis Corporate ID # 786879740. This code will bring up all the discounted room rates available.
  • Through May 31, Motel 6 is offering a 20 percent discount for individuals on the frontlines.