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The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

100 Words

Many of us remember transitioning from slides to PowerPoint presentations. Remember when the projector jammed, and you had to manually fix the problem? How many times did you turn over the carousel to adjust the tray mechanism only to see your slides fall on the floor? Amazing to think that we can carry thousands of slides on a memory stick or our cell phones and modify our presentations by clicking a mouse. What was a newfangled concept years ago is considered standard operating practice today. Those presenting this year at our Clinical Congress will prerecord their talks on the Zoom platform! Progress!

— 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 Regents

Note: The opinions expressed in “100 words” are those of both the Chair and the Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents; however, Dr. Sutton expresses her deep appreciation for Dr. Levin’s tireless efforts to put those ideals and values into eloquent prose each week.

Surgeon Voices

In this issue, ACS Regent Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Director, Digestive Disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, continues a series of interviews regarding what to expect at the Virtual Clinical Congress 2020, including:

Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, professor of surgery and vice-chair, department of surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., and ACS Regent, who discusses how the popular Hot Topics sessions offered annually at Clinical Congress will work at this year’s virtual conference, as well as how the Program Committee adapted the event to include material on the COVID-19 pandemic.  

M. Timothy Nelson, MD, FACS, chief of general and gastrointestinal surgery, and vice-chair of education, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; and member of the ACS Program Committee, who discusses differences in the new remote format, innovative sessions in general surgery and other specialties, audience interactivity and more.

In addition, Dr. Wexner interviews:

Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, medical director, cancer data services, Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC, and Past-Second Vice-President of the ACS, who shares his recommendations for “must see” sessions at the ACS 2020 Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL. Dr. Greene speaks on the effectiveness of the virtual platform, the high quality of the Fireside Chats, the diversity of session topics and more.

Joana Ochoa, MD, member of the Resident and Associate Society of the ACS, who discusses her success in advocating for her former resident colleagues at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, to contribute to and get involved in the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC.

Private Practice for the Rural Surgeon

Patrick V. Bailey, MD, FACS, Medical Director, ACS Advocacy, interviews Michael Sarap, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery, on some of the specifics of his more than 30 years of experience as a private practice surgeon in Cambridge, OH, a small rural community in the southeastern part of the state. Topics include management models, recruitment, building relationships within the community, and more.

What Pediatric Surgeons Should Watch for as Children Return to School during the Pandemic

As some children in the U.S. return to school, Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, ACS Secretary, talks with Jose Prince, MD, FACS, vice-chair of surgery and associate surgeon-in-chief, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, New York City, draws on his experience diagnosing and treating children with COVID-19 and shares insights on what other surgeons may encounter. Dr. Prince notes that in the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, children were considered low-risk; however, in later months children began presenting with a secondary infection—multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. Topics include differences in patient response based on age, recommended processes for general surgeons who may be called to help treat a COVID-19-infected child, abdominal exams and more.

Caring for Each Other Means We Mask Up

In a letter to the editor of the Altoona Mirror, Andrew Gurman, MD, FACS, reminds readers that in the era of COVID-19, masking up is an important way to serve your country and protect others.