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ACS Program Updates, Resources and Announcements

March 15, 2022

Call for Nominations for ACS Secretary

The 2022 Nominating Committee of the Board of Regents (NCBR) will be selecting a nominee for Secretary of the College, a position that commences after the upcoming Clinical Congress. The deadline to submit nominations is May 31.

Position Responsibilities

The Secretary shall oversee the minutes of the annual meetings of the members, give notices in accordance with the provisions of law and the Bylaws of the ACS, keep the records and corporate seal, and perform other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Regents. The Secretary shares responsibility with the ACS Executive Director to provide such oversight.

Criteria for Consideration

The NCBR will use the following guidelines when considering potential candidates:

  • Nominees must be loyal members of the College who have demonstrated outstanding integrity and medical statesmanship along with an unquestioned devotion to the highest principles of surgical practice.
  • Nominees must have demonstrated leadership qualities that might be reflected by service and active participation on ACS committees or in other components of the College.
  • Members of the NCBR recognize the importance of achieving representation of all who practice surgery.
  • The College encourages consideration of women and other underrepresented minorities.

All nominations must include a letter of recommendation, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and a personal statement from the candidate detailing ACS service and the name of one individual who can serve as a reference. Any attempt to contact members of the NCBR by a candidate or on behalf of a candidate will be viewed negatively and may result in disqualification. Applications submitted without the requested information will not be considered.

Submit nominations to SecretaryNominations@facs.org. If you have questions, contact Lynese L. Kelley, Director of Leadership Operations for the NCBR, at lkelley@facs.org or 312-202-5203.

George Berci, MD, FACS, Surgical Pioneer, Continues Notable Work at 101 Years Old

Last week, George Berci, MD, FACS, a Holocaust survivor and pioneer in the development and advancement of endoscopic and laparoscopic surgical procedures and technology, celebrated his 101st birthday. And, as noted in a Los Angeles Times column, he still is working to advance the field of surgery with no plans to retire.

Dr. Berci is driven by a desire to help patients get access to care and lower healthcare costs by continuing to improve minimally invasive surgery techniques. To that end, he continues to work on educating existing and incoming surgeons to refine gallbladder surgery so that follow-up work is unnecessary.

Dr. Berci was the 2011 recipient of the ACS Jacobson Innovation Award for his pioneering contributions to the art and science of endoscopy and laparoscopy for more than 50 years. His work has included the development—or promoting the development—of advances in optics, illumination, television application, instrumentation, operative radiology, and anesthesiology, all of which has resulted in the high level of technology that is available in this area.

The ACS wishes Dr. Berci a happy and healthy 101st year!

Register for Hybrid ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2022

Registration is now open for the ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2022, April 2–5 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, DC, Hotel. The Leadership & Advocacy Summit offers comprehensive and specialized sessions to provide ACS members, leaders, and advocates with topics focused on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training and coordinated virtual visits with congressional offices. The Leadership portion of the Summit will take place Sunday, April 3, followed by the Advocacy portion Monday and Tuesday, April 4–5.

The Leadership Summit is open to ACS members and nonmembers in the US and internationally; both in-person and virtual options are available to attend. The Leadership Summit will be livestreamed for virtual registrants and will be recorded for registrants to view in the future. The Advocacy Summit also will offer both in-person and virtual options but is open only to US/domestic ACS members because the content does not apply to international members.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, in-person capacity is limited. In-person registrations will be available on a first-come basis.

Register today

For information on the Leadership Summit, contact Brian Frankel at bfrankel@facs.org or 312-202-5361. For information on the Advocacy Summit, contact ACS DAHP staff at ahp@facs.org or 202-337-2701.

Still Time to Participate in Surgeon Specific Registry Practice Improvement Initiative 2022

The ACS Surgeon Specific Registry (ACS SSR™) launched a new program, the SSR Practice Improvement Initiative (SSR PII) 2022—Quality Case Data Review and Reflection, which allows surgeons to perform quality data assessment and obtain Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit. Developed by the SSR PII Planning Committee, the program provides various opportunities for surgeons to collect, review, reflect on, and learn from their surgical case data, including outcomes, on a continuous basis. There is still time to join the ongoing PII program.

Using the analytics functionality and benchmarking report, surgeons can compare their individual outcomes data with aggregated SSR and ACS NSQIP data. The report focuses on preoperative and postoperative data. This process enables surgeons to learn continually from their data and to determine successful outcomes or what they can do in the future to ensure optimal outcomes for their patients.

Enroll now and register for the SSR PII 2022—Quality Case Data Review and Reflection Basics Webinars in March. If you have any questions, contact the SSR team at ssr@facs.org.

The ACS designates this Other activity (Quality Data Review and Assessment of Trends) for a maximum of 15.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 0 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

ACS Young Fellows Association Sponsors Virtual Program on Overcoming Obstacles to Practice

Every stage of a career in surgery has its challenges. Mid-career surgeons are typically accomplished in clinical skills, but other aspects of their practice may still be in flux, and they. They may find themselves starting a new position or at a new institution, taking on evolving leadership roles, facing challenges in diversity, managing education and training programs, or needing to identify mentors to help guide their career.

The AIS Channel will host a session, sponsored and led by the ACS Young Fellows Association (YFA), that will focus on unique challenges for surgeons entering the mid-career stage. You are invited to join this free interactive discussion, “Overcoming Obstacles to Practice,” 8:00 am ET, Tuesday, March 29.

The program and faculty include:

  • Welcome & Introduction—Amalia Stefanou, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS YFA; Cynthia Talley, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair, ACS YFA; and Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD(Hon), FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, ACS Communications Consultant and Director, Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston
  • Business Side of Practice in Mid-Career—Debraj Shome, MBBS, FACS, co-founder and head, Institute of Aesthetic Surgery at The Esthetic Clinics, Mumbai, India
  • Becoming a Leader at Your Own Institution—Herney Andres Garcia Perdomo, MD, MSc, EdD, PhD, FACS, professor of urology/urologic oncology and clinical epidemiology, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
  • Evolving as a Teacher in the Operating Room—Anuradha Bhama, MD, FACS, FASCRS, staff surgeon, division of colon and rectal surgery, department of surgery, Cleveland Clinic Hospital, OH
  • Overcoming Bias/How to Be Successful When Nobody Else Looks Like You—Arika Hoffman, MD, associate professor of surgery, abdominal transplantation, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
  • Identifying Mentors and Sponsors as a Mid-Career Surgeon—Faisal Aziz, MBBS, FACS, Gilbert and Elsie H. Sealfon Endowed Chief, division of vascular surgery, and program director, integrated vascular surgery residency program, Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute, Hershey, PA
  • Moving to Another Institution to Take on a Leadership Role as a Mid-Career Surgeon—Jared White, MD, FACS, associate professor, department of surgery, division of abdominal transplant surgery, Charleston, SC
  • Discussion and Closing Remarks—All faculty, moderated by Drs. Stefanou and Talley

Register for the free session today.

New Career Opportunities: Division Chief of Abdominal Transplantation, General Surgeons, and More

With the ACS Surgery Career Connection, you can search more than 1,000 surgeon-specific positions and submit your application. The ACS Surgery Career Connection site is the premier resource to connect highly qualified surgeons with the best career opportunities across the country. Find your next career opportunity. Log on today!

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Chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplantation, Stanford University, CA

The department of surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine seeks a division chief of abdominal transplantation. This position will have clinical, research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities. The candidate should have a track record of leadership, mentorship, scholarship, and clinical excellence.

The division of abdominal transplant surgery has robust adult and pediatric liver, kidney, pancreas, and intestinal transplant programs, including complex multi-organ transplantation with excellent outcomes. The division is composed of 10 clinical and research faculty (eight surgeons and two tenured PhD scientists), as well as three transplant surgery fellows. Learn more.

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