American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

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Optimal health care delivery ensures patients can obtain care when it is wanted and needed. The care they receive should be of excellent quality and compassionate, with an overall goal of improving their health and well-being. The mission of the Nora Institute is to support practicing surgeons in attaining the delivery of this highest quality of patient care. Our recent focus has been on surgeons practicing in rural areas. The rural surgeon provides essential care in rural communities and serves as the cornerstone of rural health systems.

Support rural surgeons

Provide rural skills curriculum to surgeons in rural practice, helping them stay up to date with advancing technology. The rural skills curriculum allows practicing rural surgeons and surgeons transitioning from urban to rural practice to stay up-to-date with advancing technology in a broad range of surgical practice.

Cultivating the rural surgical workforce of the future

Create a vision. Individuals practicing in rural areas are often from rural areas. Young people from the rural areas may not consider a career in medicine, much less surgery. Various colleges have summer enrichment programs for middle and high-school students. We propose funding youth from rural areas to attend a premedical enrichment summer enrichment program that will expose them various health care roles.

Provide a rural surgical experience.  There is a shortage of surgeons in rural practice that is expected to worsen over the next several years as older rural surgeons retire. One strategy to address this issue is to expose trainees to rural surgical practice. Through a competitive application process, medical students or residents could obtain funding for travel, housing, etc. that would allow them to spend time in a rural location working with a rural surgeon.

Fostering a better understanding of rural surgical issues

Support research. There is much opportunity to study further how political, economic, and geographic issues affect surgical patient care in rural areas. A one to two year research fellowship will allow a surgical resident to study issues related to rural surgery.  Potential topics may include the economic burden to patients being referred to hospitals away from where they live, how rural location affects patient follow-up and outcomes after surgery for cancer, understanding how the current legislation preferentially supports rural primary care and excludes rural surgeons and their teams from existing government programs, etc.

Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors

Simulation equipment is capital intensive and course fees alone cannot cover the cost of a course. We are indebted to industry leaders who have supported the course through grants and in-kind donations of surgical equipment and instrumentation.

Cook Medical
Karl Storz Endoscopy
Olympus Corporation of the Americas
Terason Ultrasound