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American College of Surgeons Announces Strategic Partnership with the Military Health System

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SAN FRANCISCO (October 27): The American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced today that it is forming a strategic partnership with the Department of Defense and the Military Health System (MHS) that will benefit both parties in the areas of education, systems-based practices, and research. ACS and MHS officials signed a charter initiating the three-year partnership today at the College’s 2014 Annual Clinical Congress, which is one of the largest educational meetings of surgeons in the world.

“ACS has a long-term commitment to serve the public through our relationship with the uniformed services,” ACS Executive Director, David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, said. “We want to sustain that relationship through peacetime. Our shared leadership in this partnership allows us to do just that, as we contribute our resources toward ensuring the readiness of the Military Health System.”

The Military Health System Strategic Partnership American College of Surgeons (MHSSPACS) will work to ensure the readiness of the MHS through a variety of activities, including sharing information related to the teaching of military surgical skills; sharing existing educational offerings of importance to military and surgical communities interested in humanitarian and disaster responses; and sharing information related to systems-based practice leading to dissemination of surgical practice guidelines and the development of an optimal resources manual for the deployed surgical health system.

“After 13 years of combat medicine, we have learned and shared much with our civilian colleagues about what we have learned in trauma surgery,” said Jonathan Woodson, MD, FACS, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and the chief medical advisor to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. “ But knowledge sharing is a two-way street, and the American College of Surgeons has been a long-term, vital partner with military medicine in helping us to sharpen our skills in both wartime and peacetime.”

The ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) provides a firm foundation for many of these shared activities. The COT oversees field force of more than 3,500 ACS Fellows working to develop and implement trauma care and educational programs in local, regional, national, and international arenas. The COT’s educational courses are internationally acclaimed, and its National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB®) is the largest aggregation of U.S. trauma registry data ever assembled. 

Additional ACS resources for the alliance will be provided through the ACS Division of Member Services, ACS Division of Education, ACS Cancer Programs, and ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, which administers the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®).

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The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.

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