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The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

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The strength of any volunteer organization is determined by member engagement. Elected leaders, Regents, Governors, and Advisory Board members enthusiastically give of their time to make a difference in our ever-changing world of surgical care. We sometimes think about our hourly wage as members of the health care work force. Countless hours in training, on-call responsibilities, and phone calls late at night to concerned patients are times that we spend working—often without considering compensation. The time our members spend supporting the missions of the ACS without remuneration could be calculated monetarily—but the collective effort and productivity is PRICELESS.

— 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

Surgeon Voices

ACS Clinical Congress Highlights

In the weeks leading up to Clinical Congress, we are featuring interviews with various American College of Surgeons members sharing what you can expect at this year’s free, virtual meeting.

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, interviews the following:

Poster Session: Surgeon Advocates for Transgender Patients in the 60s: Melanie Fritz, fourth-year medical student at Boston University, MA, discusses her research on gender identity clinics in the 1960s, which will be presented at the virtual Clinical Congress. Ms. Fritz shares how surgeons performed gender-affirming surgery for transgender individuals ostensibly for research purposes, while many also found themselves acting as advocates for their patients in an era that was conservative regarding gender.

Poster Session: The Effectiveness of Bleeding Control Education: Jeremy I. Fridling, fourth-year medical student at Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, North Haven, in Connecticut and a registered paramedic, discusses his research on the effectiveness of teaching the principles of hemorrhage control in Bleeding Control Basic courses, which will be presented at the virtual Clinical Congress. Mr. Fridling’s research followed up after one year with participants of the courses—several with no medical training—and found that not only were the skills used, they led to many instances of survived hemorrhage.

Video in the Virtual: Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Salky Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; chief, Garlock Division of General Surgery; and system chief, metabolic and bariatric surgery, Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY, discusses the implementation of video-based education at the virtual Clinical Congress. Dr. Herron, who chairs the ACS Committee on Video-Based Education, shares the adjustments made to this year’s video programming, including a smaller number of videos presented during sessions, an interactive chat-based Q&A session with presenters, and more.