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2021 ACS TQIP Annual Conference Will Be Virtual

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The 2021 Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) Annual Conference will be a virtual event, taking place November 15–17. We are excited to build upon the success of last year’s meeting and are already hard at work to provide our attendees with an even better virtual experience.

The registration fee, providing full-conference access, will be waived for the first two employees to register from enrolled Adult or Pediatric TQIP centers (first-come, first-served basis for each enrolled center). The registration fee for each additional attendee is $199 per person.

More information about the educational program and event registration will be shared as details become finalized in the weeks and months ahead.

Bookmark the TQIP Annual Conference web page and watch for our e-mail messages for updates. If you have any questions, contact acstqipconference@facs.org. We look forward to your participation in the virtual 2021 TQIP Annual Conference!

Update from the BoG Chapter Activities Domestic Workgroup: Engaging RAS & YFA Members in Chapter Activities

By Suysen Hung Fong, MD, and Cynthia Talley, MD, FACS, ACS Board of Governor Chapter Activities Domestic Workgroup Liaisons for the RAS and YFA

One of the priorities of the Board of Governors Chapter Activities Domestic Workgroup is to develop initiatives where current and future Young Fellow Association (YFA) and Resident and Associate Society (RAS) members can become involved with their local ACS chapters.

As the YFA and RAS appointed Liaisons to the Workgroup, we are excited to highlight some of the ongoing and upcoming projects that have been developed to enhance engagement and participation of YFA and RAS members in their local chapters.

Over the last year, we have hosted quarterly virtual meetings with YFA and RAS chapter representatives from across the country. These meetings have provided an opportunity for chapter representatives to share ideas, experiences, and best practices with each other to help members develop new opportunities for their constituencies.

Each year, ACS chapters are required to complete an annual report of chapter activities. In the 2020 annual report, 49 percent of chapters reported having a YFA Representative appointed to the council, and while 28 percent appointed YFA members to chapter committees. Similar results were reported for RAS members, with 51 percent of chapters reporting they had a representative on the council and 34 percent responding that RAS members were appointed to chapter committees.

To increase these numbers, the workgroup developed a survey that will be sent to chapters without YFA and RAS representation in the coming weeks. The goal is to identify why chapters are reluctant to appoint RAS and YFA members to these crucial positions and to outline to them why these appointments are beneficial to the future health of their chapter.

The workgroup has several other projects in the works to help increase Resident Member, Associate Fellow, and young Fellow participation in local chapters. These projects include the following:

  • YFA engagement opportunities videos like those developed in collaboration with the RAS Communication Committee that focus on ACS chapter meeting activities for residents. These videos include the following:
  • Update the YFA Section and RAS Section of the Chapter Guidebook
  • Pilot regional meetings of RAS and YFA Representatives
  • ACS 101 Panel Session proposed for Clinical Congress 2022 to review the organizational structure, resources, and benefits of ACS. The panel will specifically focus on chapter opportunities for YFA and RAS members.

As the YFA and RAS Liaisons to this workgroup, we are available to strategize and provide guidance to chapters interested in RAS and YFA member engagement. We strongly believe that chapters thrive when surgical trainees and young surgeons are incorporated into the programming and leadership of local chapters.

Read the July Bulletin: The ACS Launches the Your Breast Cancer Surgery Program

The July issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons is available online. This month’s cover story describes the development and launch of the ACS Your Breast Cancer Surgery Program—a fully web-based resource that guides patients and their families through a breast cancer operation, from screening and diagnosis to recovery.

Other highlights in the July issue are as follows:

Features

Departments

News

The Bulletin is available in a variety of digital formats to satisfy every reader's preference, including an interactive version and a smartphone app. Go to the Bulletin website to connect to any of these versions or to read the articles directly online.

Online Bulletin readers are encouraged to share their thoughts about the articles they read. To leave a comment, scroll to the end of the article, and look for the "Leave a Reply" box. Commenters must enter their name and a valid e-mail address.

Listen to the Podcast Corner: St. Mark's Hospital Podcast Discusses the History of Rectal Cancer Surgery, Part II

Podcast selections are curated by Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, and reviewed by the Bulletin Brief editorial board.

For those having any familiarity with colorectal disease, the iconic St. Mark’s Hospital in London, U.K., comes to mind. In this Podcast Corner we continue to feature the podcast series produced at St. Mark’s. In the second episode of this two-part series, Prof. John Northover, MS, FRCS, takes us through the fascinating clinical and controversial history of rectal cancer surgery. If you are interested in surgical history or in colorectal surgery, this podcastis not to be missed. Learn about all the key milestones in rectal cancer surgery from the earliest description to modern-day approaches. We hope that you enjoy listening and learning.

Lessons and Strategies in DEI: AIS Channel to Host Free Program Featuring ACS Leaders July 15

Successfully implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives within a health care setting have demonstrably proven to improve operational performance and patient surgical outcomes.

AIS Channel will offer Strategies for Successful Pathways to DEI, 8:00 am ET, July 15, with experts who have worked in DEI sharing the formulas they have used to embrace and promote change. Several ACS leaders will participate and discussing their experiences. Visit the website at aischannel.com/ to register.

The program and faculty are as follows:

  • DEI Mentorships from Students to Senior Surgeons – Barbara L. Bass, MD, FACS, MD, FACS, FRCS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), dean, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science, Washington, DC; and ACS Past-President
  • Creating Advocacy to Optimize Career Advancement – Mary T. Hawn, MD, MPH, FACS, Stanford Medicine Professor of Surgery and chair of the department of surgery, Stanford University, CA
  • Addressing Implicit Bias in Residency/Fellowship Programs: Strategies for Success – Erica Taylor, MD, founder and chief executive officer, Orthopaedic Diversity Leadership Consortium; assistant professor and vice-chair of diversity, Duke University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Durham, NC; and Duke Health Private Diagnostic Clinic Associate Chief Medical Officer of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Contribution of Younger Surgeons to DEI – Raphael Sun, MD, Chair, Executive Committee of the RAS-ACS
  • Recognizing DEI in the Royal Colleges – Neil Mortensen, MBChB, MD, MA, FRCSEng, FRCPSGlasg(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FACS(Hon), President, Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Achieving Diversity in Product Development – Ahmet Tezel, PhD, director, diversity & inclusion in clinical trials, worldwide vice-president, Research and Development, Johnson & Johnson Institute, Bridgewater, NJ
  • Discussion – All faculty moderated by Steven Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), director, Digestive Disease Institute, and chair, department of colorectal surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, and Vice-Chair, ACS Board of Regents; and Patricia Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Member Services

Apply for Young Fellows Association Annual Mentorship Team Program by July 15

The Young Fellows Association (YFA) of the ACS is seeking applications from Fellows of the College who would like to apply for the yearlong YFA Mentorship Program.

Mentoring teams are composed of the following three people:

  • Early career surgeon: An Associate Fellow (an ACS member out of training, but not yet a Fellow) or a young fellow in practice less than five years, who traditionally will serve as a mentee in this triad relationship
  • Mid-level career surgeon: A Young Fellow (an ACS Fellow younger than the age of 45) who might serve as a mentor to the early-career surgeon and a mentee alongside an advanced professional
  • Advanced professional: An ACS Fellow who holds a leadership position within the ACS or an ACS Fellow who has been practicing for more than 10 years

The mentorship relationship will extend from October 2021 through October 2022.

We are seeking both mentors and mentees. Visit the YFA Mentorship web page for more details and to access links to the Mentor and Mentee applications. Applications are due July 15.

Questions can be directed to Alison Powers apowers@facs.org.

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