The Committee on Trauma (COT) welcomed new members via a Zoom new member orientation this month. They continue to work through four main pillars: education, trauma center quality, trauma systems, and advocacy/injury prevention. They have been making efforts to improve engagement through opportunity boards in each pillar on the ACS website. In March, the COT celebrated their 100th anniversary at the annual meeting in Seattle, WA.
Erin Andrade, MD, MPH
Liaison, Committee on Trauma
For Clinical Congress 2022, Ethics Committee members will confirm the 2022 John J. Conley Ethics and Philosophy Lecture. An Ethics Colloquium entitled “Can I Fire My Patient? . . . The Duty to Care and Limits of Accommodation,” will be co-moderated by Anne C. Mosenthal, MD, FACS, and Stephanie Bonne, MD, FACS. Three panel sessions will be offered, including “Coping with Conflicted Commitment to Surgeon Health,” co-moderated by Catherine J. Hunter, MD, FACS, and Linda G. Phillips, MD, FACS, and “Ethical Implications of Structured Racism,” co-moderated by Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, and Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD, FACS, FACP. The third panel session, “The Ethical and Moral Dilemmas in the Disclosure of Surgical Error,” will be co-moderated by Eric A. Singer, MD, FACS, and Piroska K. Kopar, MD, FACS. Finally, two Meet-the-Expert sessions are being planned. The first, “Updates in Informed Consent,” will be facilitated by Margaret Schwarze, MD, MPP, FACS, and the second, “The Value of Training in Surgical Ethics,” will be facilitated by Peter Angelos, MD, PhD, FACS.
Christina Colosimo, MD
Liaison, Committee on Ethics
The Resident Education Committee remains hard at work on multiple projects.
Dr. Goldblatt of the Medical College of Wisconsin addressed the committee at the beginning of the February meeting. His program now uses SurgWise Consulting for evaluating residency applicants. He reviewed reasons the current interview process is failing our residency programs and future residents and advocated for the use of industrial organizational psychology and situational judgment tests in ranking surgical residency applicants. His talk was fascinating! His program has seen a significant improvement in surgical resident attrition since implementation of these techniques.
Look out for the Empowered Learner White Paper, authored by members of the Resident Education Committee, which is set to be published in the Journal of Surgical Education later this year! The White Paper details the process by which residents may work to gain increased autonomy in the operating room, from non-technical skills to technical skill advancement! A cheat sheet that delineates concrete steps surgical residents may follow to reach operative independence was also created.
The committee continues to work diligently to choose the most deserving applicants for the Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching and the Jameson L. Chassin Award for Professionalism in General Surgery. The committee urges all RAS-active residents to consider applying for these awards.
We hope to provide interesting programming for all RAS members at Clinical Congress 2022. The committee will be presenting two panel sessions, “Challenges of Addressing the Social Determinants of Health” on October 17 and “Choosing Surgery Residents in a Pass/Fail World” on October 18. In addition, the committee will assist with the Clinical Congress Surgery Resident Program again this year.
As always, the committee hopes all RAS-active residents will consider attending the Residents as Teachers and Leaders Course during residency. While this year’s course remains virtual, we are hopeful the 2023 course will be held in person!
Finally, many of the committee members will be assisting with updating the ACS Division of Education-published resource entitled “Successfully Navigating the First Year of Surgical Residency: Essentials for Medical Students and PGY-1 Residents.”
Victoria Purvis, MD
Liaison, Resident Education Committee