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The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

March 8, 2022

Help ACS Understand Perceptions about US Surgeons

Last fall, the ACS embarked upon a landmark multi-year reputational study to benchmark and measure the perceptions of surgeons in America among key audiences, and to understand how surgeons view themselves. A key component of this research is to better understand the views of our own members.

These data will help us to enhance the value of ACS membership and will inform our efforts to better articulate our story to various audiences. As you know, we are working to enhance our advocacy influence both in Washington, DC and at the state level on issues that are important to you and that impact the delivery of care to our patients.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and share your perspectives.

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Surgeon Voices

In this issue, Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD(Hon), FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, ACS Communications Consultant, and Director, Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviews:

Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD, FAAOS, Medical Director, ACS Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, on her goals in taking on this inaugural role (Part 1 of 2).

Michael J. Sutherland, MD, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Member Services, on his plans to continue growing the College’s reputation and resources for all members.

ACS International Insights

ACS and Global Surgery: If You Plant It, It Will Grow

By Giuseppe Nigri, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS, and Georgios Tsoulfas, MD, PhD, FACS

Over the last several years, the ACS has significantly increased its global presence, as evidenced by the impressive increase in the percentage of International Fellows included in the incoming class; nearly 50% of 2021 Initiates are from outside of the US!

The impressive data continue. As of December 1, 2021, the Division of Member Services reported that 1,013 of the 2,530 applicants for induction in 2022 are from international surgeons. At present, approximately 14% of ACS Fellows are international.

The International Relations Committee (IRC) has played a significant role in this endeavor, spearheading the College’s international outreach through activities of its members and continuous communication with the international chapters and Governors by managing scholarships, interviewing for fellowships, and operating the International Chapter Opportunity Fund. Known as the Dr. Pon Fund, it is named for Pon Satitpunwaycha, MD, FACS, who generously funded the program and has assisted several international chapters in organizing educational courses featuring US and international faculty. This fund has furthered educational endeavors using the energy of ACS international chapters and ACS’s guidance.

Gastrointestinal Surgical Emergencies

One notable success is the development of the ACS Gastrointestinal Surgical Emergencies (GISE) Course, which was organized by the ACS Italy Chapter in October 2018 with financial supported from the Dr. Pon Fund. This initiative led to the publication of the Gastrointestinal Surgical Emergencies textbook, which provides a practical overview of surgical emergencies related to the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, as well as hepatopancreatobiliary diseases.

The authors were participants in the course and are world-renowned experts in their respective fields. It is an example of an international collaboration resulting in an educational product that is useful to surgeons at all stages of their careers and around the globe.

Contributing to the success of this project was the ACS’s decision to make this book available as a free online resource to all surgeons. Gastrointestinal Surgical Emergencies has been a notable success (see Table 1 below); most importantly, it showed the ACS’s determination in leading surgical education globally. It is especially important currently because of the pandemic’s effects on limiting meaningful in-person interactions. However, educational efforts such as this book are a way for surgeons to collaborate and for the ACS to build its reputation as leader in global surgical education.

What makes it even more interesting and provides proof of the importance of the various ACS educational efforts is how the two editors of the textbook met and began their partnership. Giuseppe Nigri, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS, Secretary, ACS Italy Chapter, and Georgios Tsoulfas, MD, PhD, FACS, President, ACS Greece Chapter, coauthors of this article, both were ACS International Guest Scholarship recipients in 2013—a scholarship awarded by the ACS through the IRC. This example shows how the ACS can guide global, interconnected education efforts, which has transformed the organization from the leader in US surgery to a leader in global surgery.

Download Gastrointestinal Surgical Emergencies

Table 1. Downloads of Gastrointestinal Surgical Emergencies.