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The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

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This time of year signifies the beginning of surgical residency training. We were called “interns” when we began our surgical training. Now the first year of training is called “PGY-1.” The life cycle of advancement to the top of a particular stage, then repeating the process again and again, defines us. High school senior, college graduation day, medical school diploma ceremony are all milestones. The chief resident year and, for many, fellowship training are opportunities that “build us.” Board certification followed by MOC reminds us that we are never finished learning. Our surgical lives are a marathon, not a sprint.

— Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS, Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents

— L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regent

Surgeon Voices

In this issue, American College of Surgeons (ACS) Regent Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Director, Digestive Disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviews:

L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, chair, orthopaedic surgery; professor of surgery (plastic surgery), Penn Medicine, and Vice-Chair, ACS Board of Regents, who discusses how the College has provided commendable leadership to the surgical and medical community during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well the ACS’ overall enduring leadership of the House of Surgery. Dr. Levin explains how ACS leaders worked together to publish the Bulletin: ACS COVID-19 Updates newsletter during the pandemic’s initial peak, which provided invaluable information to the organization’s more than 80,000 members. Additionally, the College continues to provide leadership in advocating for surgery in Washington, DC; surgical education; and more.

Michael W. Kattan, PhD, The Dr. Keyhan and Dr. Jafar Mobasseri Endowed Chair for Innovations in Cancer Research, and chairman, department of quantitative health sciences, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, OH, who discusses his work on predictive modeling for the COVID-19 pandemic. Because COVID-19 is a novel virus, no background research or data were available to help drive predictive models. Dr. Kattan and colleagues took early testing data and developed a foundational predictive model to help determine whether an individual should be tested, then whether a COVID-19-positive patient is at risk of severe symptoms or will require hospitalization. However, as scientific understanding of the virus and the effects of personal behavior evolves, the models continue to develop.

Financial Planning for Surgeons: News from the Practice Protection Committee

Patrick V. Bailey, MD, MLS, FACS, ACS Medical Director for Advocacy, interviews Mark Aeder, MD, FACS, associate professor, transplant and hepatobiliary surgery, University Hospitals, Cleveland Medical Center, about financial planning for surgeons.

Texas Hospitals on the Brink of Crisis: ACS Trauma Medical Director Addresses COVID-19 Surge

In an eloquent commentary published in the San Antonio Express-News, Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS, Medical Director, ACS Trauma Programs, warns readers to take the necessary steps to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases in the area. Dr. Stewart describes the sharp rise in the number of patients requiring hospital care for COVID-19 in recent weeks and issues a plea that patients wear masks in public, engage in responsible social distancing, and practice proper hand hygiene.