American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

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This year’s ACS Quality and Safety Conference started on July 12 and lasts for an entire week in a virtual format. The program is full of outstanding live and recorded talks on quality and safety, ranging from “basic” to “advanced” levels and spanning all programs, including the new Quality Verification Program. The sessions can be viewed live or on-demand, making it easier for busy surgeons and staff to fit this content into their schedule. And registration is free! I encourage all of you to take advantage of this unique educational conference. Measuring quality of outcomes is the first step to excellent care.

—Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, ACS Regent

Surgeon Voices

In this issue, Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Vice-Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents, and Director, Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviews:

John H. Stewart IV, MD, MBA, FACS, Chair of the ACS Advisory Council Chairs, and Andre Campbell, MD, FACS, FACP, FCCM, Secretary, ACS Board of Governors Executive Committee, in the second part of the follow-up on the ACS Promoting DEI & Antiracism: Surgical Society Retreat

Shankar Raman, MD, FACS, MS, FASCRS; Theodoros Voloyiannis, MD, FACS, FASCRS; and Jan P. Kaminski, MD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS, National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) Directors and Site Reviewers who discuss the program.


ACS Launches Instagram Channel: Follow Us Today!


The ACS Division of Integrated Communications is pleased to announce the launch of the ACS Instagram: @AmCollSurgeons. We are excited to share the stories and experiences of the members, the history of the College, and scientific insights with you. Follow the channel today to stay up to date with the latest posts and developments!

If you are new to Instagram and want to learn about signing up for an account, visit the official Instagram website for detailed instructions. Once you have an account, simply navigate to @AmCollSurgeons and hit the “Follow” button at the top, and all ACS posts will appear in your feed when you access the app.

Participate in Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Survey to Determine Prevalence of Perioperative Workplace Violence

By Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), Vice-Chair, ACS Physician Competency and Health Workgroup

Health care workers (HCWs) are more susceptible to workplace violence than any other professionals. Although HCWs comprise 13 percent of the total workforce, they report 60 percent of the workplace violence. This environment and experience affect not only health care team members' safety, but patient safety as well. Although increasing information regarding health care workplace violence is available in other domains (such as the emergency room), virtually no data report on the perioperative domain.

A 2018 survey of anesthesiologists found a 20 percent prevalence of physical workplace violence and a 69 percent prevalence of non-physical workplace violence. The study called for a broader effort to survey the prevalence of workplace violence across the entire perioperative team.

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) is conducting that survey through July 19. This survey will be simultaneously open for responses across the entire perioperative team—surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical physician assistants, operating room and perioperative nurses, nurse anesthetists, anesthesiology assistants, anesthesia technicians and surgical technologists.

All U.S members, residents and Fellows of the ACS are invited to participate in this four-minute survey. Initially, the survey is limited to the U.S in anticipation of broadening it to an international reach in the future.

Ultimately, the goal is to expand resources for developing effective responses and solutions to eliminate workplace violence as part of clinician safety.

Access the survey