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ACS 2020 Quality and Safety Conference: View 2020 Best Practices Case Studies

In advance of the American College of Surgeons 2020 Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL, August 21–24, the College has posted the Best Practices Case Studies publication for 2020. The conference is being presented free of charge to ensure all can participate despite the economic hardships the COVID-19 has created.

Through the Best Practices Case Studies, hospitals participating in ACS Quality Programs have an opportunity to share their expertise in implementing surgical quality improvement initiatives within their facilities, with the goal of showcasing how participating hospitals have used programmatic data to improve their performance and outcomes. The Best Practices Case Studies publication is intended to allow program participants to learn from the experience of others and develop similar quality improvement projects within their own organizations.

Each Best Practices Case Study from the 10 hospitals highlighted in this year’s publication includes the following:

  • Description of the problem addressed
  • Context of the quality improvement process
  • Planning and development process
  • Description of the activity
  • Resources needed
  • Results
  • Tips for others

View the 2020 publication, then review Best Practice Case Studies from previous years. And make sure to register for free for the 2020 Quality and Safety Conference, where you can expect much more content on how to improve quality and safety at your institution.

MCAT Testing for Fall Admissions Will Continue, AAMC Officials Say

Leaders of the Association of American Medical Colleges have issued an open letter to individuals who intend to sit for the Medical College Admission Test during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter responds to concerns MCAT examinees have expressed regarding public health and safety at testing centers. The AAMC describes their efforts to minimize risk to examinees balanced with the organization’s responsibility to support the medical school admissions process in identifying qualified, diverse individuals to enter medical school each fall. According to the letter, the data demonstrate the MCAT exam is being conducted with minimal risk as the result of the safety protocols the AAMC has implemented. Consequently, the MCAT will continue to be administered in testing centers under strict safety protocols for the current admissions cycle.

Surgeon-Scientists in Training: ACS Cancer Programs and Northwestern University’s SOQIC Announce Clinical Scholars Fellowship

The American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs, in conjunction with Northwestern University’s Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center, is offering a National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute T32-funded, two-year, on-site fellowship in oncologic surgical outcomes, health services, and health policy research for surgical residents and postdoctoral trainees.

The ACS Clinical Scholars conduct research, integrate into ACS committees, and lead aspects of various ACS programs and initiatives, thus providing comprehensive, unparalleled exposure to the College’s work in research, quality, policy and advocacy. Residents can have an interest in any area of oncology, including general surgical oncology, colorectal, thoracic, breast, endocrine, transplant, etc.

The program has trained more than 20 surgical residents over the last 15 years. Previous ACS Clinical Scholars frequently have presented at prestigious national conferences, published in high-impact journals (including JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine), led key initiatives for the ACS and have gone on to careers as surgeon-scientists.  

The ACS Clinical Scholars will work with mentors at the College and Northwestern’s SOQIC, as well as experts from around the country.  Karl Bilimoria, MD, MS, FACS, is the lead for the T32 and the Program Director for the ACS Clinical Scholars. The scholars also will be mentored by Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, and Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS, Medical Director, ACS Cancer Programs. Research fellows will earn an advanced degree in an area compatible with their career interests through one of the programs offered at Northwestern, most often a master’s degree in health services and outcomes research. Tuition will be fully funded by the program.

Preference will be given to candidates with prior research experience. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or residents. Contact for pre-screening and to request an application or for details about the program.

Emergency Medical Technicians Honor Dr. Hoyt with 2020 Norman McSwain Leadership Award

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians has selected David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons, as the recipient of the 2020 Norman McSwain Leadership Award. This award is bestowed on individuals who, through their actions, demonstrate their leadership and commitment to trauma care excellence. The award will be presented at the 2020 World Trauma Symposium, which will take place virtually 9:00 am−1:30 pm Eastern Time September 14–15. Alexander L. Eastman, MD, MPH, FACS, FAEMS, Senior Medical Officer–Operations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and moderator of the symposium, will present the award.

The award honors the legacy of Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS, a founder of NAEMT, which developed the Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support program in collaboration with the ACS Committee on Trauma. A champion of PHTLS and the NAEMT until he suffered a cerebral bleed in July 2015, his work set the stage for the modern version of Tactical Combat Casualty Care.

Dr. McSwain’s death left the NAEMT and the ACS searching for a path forward that would support his legacy and strengthen the shared mission of working to improve care for all prehospital trauma patients. Dr. Hoyt’s leadership, guidance and vision helped the two organizations navigate a pathway to this desired outcome.

Register for August 18 ACS COVID-19 and Global Surgery Management Webinar

While COVID-19 cases continue to surge in many parts of the world, other countries have successfully managed the pandemic and resumed their focus on patient care and surgery. You are invited to join the global surgical community for the American College of Surgeons COVID-19 and Global Surgery Management Webinar 9:00–10:15 am Central Daylight Time August 18, 2020, in discussion on this topic, hosted by the ACS International Relations Committee. A panel of international thought leaders, moderated by Nader Hanna, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair, ACS International Relations Committee, will provide their perspective on surgical care and disease management during COVID-19 and will answer your questions about best practices and future direction.

Panel members will include the following:

  • Hiba Abdel Aziz, MBBCh, FACS, ACS Governor for Qatar; Vice-Chair, Fellowship Subcommittee of the International Relations Committee, and senior consultant, department of surgery, Hamad General Hospital
  • Haytham Kaafarani, MD, MPH, FACS, Chair, Fellowship Subcommittee of the International Relations Committee; associate professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School; director of the Center for Outcomes & Patient Safety in Surgery; and director of the Wound Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Member Services
  • Richard K. Lo, MD, FACS, ACS Governor for China−Hong Kong, and consultant, department of surgery, University of Hong Kong

Register for this free webinar by August 17 to secure your spot.

Submission Deadline for ACS TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting Abstracts Extended

The American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program has extended the deadline for abstract submission for the virtual TQIP® Annual Scientific Meeting and Training, December 7–10. The new deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm Central Daylight Time September 7. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Submitting an abstract offers a chance for you and TQIP registry staff to share the notable initiatives you have enacted at your hospitals. TQIP wants to know what internal performance improvement efforts you have embarked on, and how you have been using TQIP in your center. In recognition of recent events, a COVID-19 category has been added to the submission topic list. We know that this difficult time has forced centers to be creative in efforts to keep patients and staff safe while still providing excellent trauma care.

View the ACS TQIP meeting website for more information and to submit your proposal.

Submit Abstracts for 2021 ACS Surgical Simulation Summit by September 10

The call for abstracts is now open for the 2021 Annual American College of Surgeons Surgical Simulation Summit: An International Multiprofessional Meeting, March 11–13 at the Swissôtel Chicago. This ACS Accredited Education Institutes forum highlights the best research in simulation-based surgical education or implementation of innovative simulation-based surgical education methods. Anyone involved in simulation-based education or surgical simulation-based training is invited to submit abstracts by the 11:59 pm Central Time September 10, 2020, deadline.

There are three opportunities to present at the Summit: Innovative Techniques, Original Papers, and Poster Presentations. Submitted abstracts are reviewed by the Program Review Committee. All ACS Surgical Simulation Summit abstract submissions must be from original research, not previously published or presented, with the expectation that all work submitted and accepted will be presented at this meeting. Presenting authors will receive the Program Review Committee’s decision by December 11, 2020.

Submit your abstract today. For abstract submission information, contact Amy Johnson at 312-202-5415 or

August 2020 Sessions of the National Tutorial Seminars for Medical Students

The American College of Surgeons Division of Education has announced the August 2020 sessions of the National Tutorial Seminars for Medical Students. The tutorials are specifically designed to address the needs of all medical students, regardless of their career goals. These tutorials, offered to medical students at no cost, have been well-attended and well-received.

Upcoming sessions and hosts include the following:

Wednesday, August 12 | 7:00–8:00 pm (Central)
Laura Rosenberger, MD, FACS, director, breast fellowship, and assistant professor of surgery, Duke University Medical Center

Skin and Soft Tissue Lesions
Thursday, August 13 | 7:00–8:00 pm (Central)
Paula Termuhlen, MD, FACS, professor of surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School

Monday, August 17 | 7:00–8:00 pm (Central)
Abbey Fingeret, MD, FACS, assistant professor, department of surgery, division of surgical oncology, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
Wednesday, August 19 | 7:00–8:00 pm (Central)
Ranjan Sudan, MD, FACS, vice-chair of education, department of surgery, Duke University

For additional information, contact Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH, at or Kim Echert at You also may visit the National Tutorial Seminars for Medical Students web page.

Nominate a Professional Advisor for RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award

Has someone inspired you to become involved in the American College of Surgeons and been a surgical mentor to you? If so, nominate this individual for the inaugural Resident and Associate Society of the ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award.

The RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award was created to honor an outstanding ACS Fellow who has had a marked impact on the engagement of a Resident Member or Associate Fellow in the College and who has offered the support and encouragement necessary to build the strong foundation for a surgical career. Mentors from any surgical specialty are eligible and encouraged.

Nominees should be Fellows of the College, and nominators should be Resident Members or Associate Fellows. Multiple members may nominate the same individual.

Nomination requirements are as follows:

  • A nomination letter, not to exceed two single-spaced pages, supporting the nominee’s efforts to engage young surgeons in the ACS and the impact on the nominator. Examples of mentorship include intellectual, social, and/or moral support, and career development/advancement.
  • Name, position, institution, and contact information of the nominee.
  • Name, position, institution and contact information of the nominator(s).

Submit your entry by August 12 and contact with any questions.

ACS Leaders and Staff to Be Honored at Association of Women Surgeons Event

American College of Surgeons Board of Regents Chair Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS, will receive the Association of Women Surgeons Nina Starr Braunwald Award at a virtual awards ceremony in December. The AWS Foundation presents this award annually to a surgeon in recognition of sustained, outstanding contributions to the advancement of women in surgery. In addition, Yewande Alimi, MD, MHS, Secretary of the Resident and Associate Society of the ACS, will receive the Hilary Sanfey Resident Award, which is presented to a surgery resident who has demonstrated potential as a future leader in the profession. Donna Coulombe, Senior Special Projects Manager, ACS Executive Services, will receive the AWS Past Presidents’ Honorary Member Award, which is given to nonmembers who are supportive of the AWS’ goals and mission.

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Openings for Breast Surgery Medical Director (PA), General Surgeon (CA), and Surgical Oncologist (IA)

With the American College of Surgeons Surgery Career Connection, you can search more than 1,000 surgeon-specific positions and submit your application. The ACS Surgery Career Connection site is the premier resource to connect highly qualified surgeons with the best career opportunities across the country. Find your next career opportunity. Log on today.

Crozer Keystone Health System | Delaware County, PA
Medical Director – Breast Surgery

Kaiser Permanente | Northern CA
BE/BC General Surgeons (multiple)

MercyOne Cancer Center | Des Moines, IA
Surgical Oncologist

Tailor your Surgery Career Connection search to target the opportunities of interest to you.