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Call for Applications: Two-Year Firearm Injury Prevention Clinical Scholar in Residence Fellowship

The ACS Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) is offering a fully funded, two-year onsite fellowship in firearm injury prevention research. The primary goal of the fellowship program is to provide a mentored research experience to support the career development of surgical investigators interested in injury prevention research and health policy. This position also is supported by contributions from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), Western Trauma Association (WTA), and Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS).

The Firearm Injury Prevention Clinical Scholar in Residence program is a unique opportunity that allows the surgical resident or fellow to gain firsthand experience in firearm injury prevention research, advocacy, and health policy. The Clinical Scholar will be engaged in ongoing firearm injury prevention research and initiatives within the ACS COT, which includes working with large databases, including the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP), and validation of best practices. The Scholar will work on projects with the Injury Prevention and Control Committee of the ACS Committee on Trauma and will have the opportunity to engage with ACS efforts in health policy and advocacy. The ACS Trauma Quality program and analytic staff will be available as resources to the Clinical Scholar and the Scholar will meet regularly with a mentorship team.

As part of the program, the Scholar will complete a Master of Science degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in one of the following disciplines: clinical investigation, health services and outcomes research, or health care quality and patient safety.

Applications are due November 1, 2021. Visit the fellowship web page for more information on working at Northwestern, application requirements, and other important dates and deadlines.

If you have questions, contact the ACS COT at

New Online Educational Program for Rectal Cancer Surgeons Now Available

A new online course for rectal cancer surgeons has been launched by the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS). The Fundamentals of Rectal Cancer Surgery (FRCS) course contains text, figures, and videos to educate practicing surgeons and surgical trainees about the evolving field of rectal cancer surgery and multidisciplinary rectal cancer management.

Although the course was created by ASCRS, it is intended for all surgeons involved in rectal cancer care, including general surgeons, surgical oncologists, and minimally invasive surgeons. The course also is the educational module required for surgeons in hospitals applying for accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), one of the ACS Cancer Programs.

The course was the brainchild of Conor Delaney, MD, PhD, FACS, who was inspired by other courses for surgeons, including the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery. "Rectal cancer care in Europe was improved by national efforts to educate surgeons and other cancer [care] providers. We didn't have anything like this in the U.S, and evidence showed that quality of care and surgery varied substantially here. Resources to improve rectal cancer surgery and multidisciplinary care were clearly needed, which inspired creation of FRCS," Dr. Delaney said. Many rectal cancer surgeons contributed to the writing of the course over the course of several years.

The course includes chapters with background information about anatomy and physiology, as well as information about the evolution of multidisciplinary care for rectal cancer. Most of the content is about preoperative management and intraoperative technical aspects of rectal cancer surgery. Other chapters cover postoperative management of complications, pathology analysis and TME grading, and survivorship. The course concludes with self-assessment questions.

Visit the FRCS website for more information and to purchase access to the course.

Listen to the Podcast Corner: Legends of Surgery Discusses Dr. Antonio Scarpa's Contributions to Medicine

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

In this edition of the Podcast Corner, we feature the podcast Legends of Surgery, an entertaining and informative approach to telling the stories of the people and events that make up the history of modern surgery. In this episode, the life and works of the famous Italian surgeon and anatomist Antonio Scarpa are discussed. While many are familiar with him from the eponymously named fascia, his contributions to the science of medicine extend well beyond that namesake. We hope you enjoy listening and learning.

Consider Donating to Jessica Summers, MD, FACS, Memorial Education Fund

Sadly, in early July, a young Fellow, Jessica I. Summer, MD, FACS, passed away. Dr. Summers was a dedicated member of the ACS and involved in the organization in several capacities, including serving in the Board of Governors Grassroots Advocacy Engagement Workgroup as a Young Fellows Association (YFA) Representative, the Committee on Diversity Issues, YFA Representative to the ACS New York Chapter, and the Upstate New York Credentials Committee.

To honor Dr. Summers' memory, the Upstate Foundation has established the Jessica Summers, MD, Memorial Scholarship Fund to sponsor an annual mission trip for a young medical professional to Honduras, about which Dr. Summers was passionate. Consider donating to help continue Dr. Summers' legacy of service and giving back.

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