September 12, 2023
The September issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons is now available. In this month’s cover article, surgeons discuss cognitive impairment prior to surgery in older surgical patients—a prevalent issue. They describe available cognition screening tools and how screening can fit into the scope and workflow of your practice.
Other highlights in this issue include:
Dr. Patricia Turner discusses the troubling pattern of hostility and violence from patients and the public toward physicians and members of the healthcare team. She shares several examples of how the College is working to help surgeons and others who work in healthcare protect themselves in the workplace, reinforce their well-being, and address intimate partner violence.
In surgery, there are compelling uses of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, including ChatGPT, and according to the authors, “There is a significant need for surgeons and healthcare teams to become familiar with this technology and…make strategic and purposeful use of AI in patient care.”
The ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence Program provides surgical residents with research and health policy experience as they advance toward academic surgery careers. Other benefits are real-world impact and long-lasting collaborations.
Two ACS Fellows—Colonel Kirby Gross (2023) and Dr. Kenneth Sharp (2022)—will be presented with the Distinguished Philanthropist Award at Clinical Congress in Boston, Massachusetts. Both recipients embody the true spirit of giving selflessly and serve as an inspiration for all donors.
Ahead of Clinical Congress 2023, this viewpoint article highlights reasons why surgeons may benefit from gathering in person each year to share knowledge and ideas with colleagues. “Perhaps most importantly, it is the opportunity to be reminded that we are not alone,” wrote author Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike.
You’ll also find reports on the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer and the DeBakey-Cooley heart transplant controversy, news on fetal surgery after Dobbs and the passing of Dr. John Ochsner Gage, and more.