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

The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

Editor's note: Due to the upcoming virtual American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2020, the Bulletin Brief will not be published the week of October 5. Publication will resume October 13. Be sure to check out Clinical Congress News and Clinical Congress Daily Highlights throughout Clinical Congress for in-depth information on some of the conference's biggest sessions and events.

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The 2020 induction ceremony for the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators was virtual. Each inductee was afforded 15 seconds to share their thoughts about this honor and recognition. Common themes included the recognition of mentorship and commitment to "paying it forward"—the art and science of surgery—to those who follow in our career footsteps. How many times have you thought to yourself during difficult moments in the OR, "What would Dr. 'X' do now?" Dr. "X" is the teacher who had the most impact on you. He or she was the surgeon you admired and have worked to emulate!

— 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

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 Caroline E. Reinke, MD, MSHP, FACS, associate professor, Carolinas Medical Center, Atrium Health, Charlotte, NC, who discusses her experiences in surgical quality at her institution and as a panelist in multiple sessions and an interviewer at ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL. Dr. Reinke highlights some of the sessions she participated in, including leading a Fireside Chat with Arthur Richardson, MB, BS, DClinSurg, FACS, FRACS, and Panel Sessions on quality improvement, as well as some of the novel features of the virtual conference.

ACS Clinical Congress Highlights

In the weeks leading up to Clinical Congress, we are featuring interviews with various ACS members sharing what you can expect at this year's free, virtual meeting. This week's interviews, led by Dr. Wexner, include the following:

State-of-the-Art Education, Modern Technology and Convenience: ACS Clinical Congress 2020. More than 2,500 pieces of free content with on-demand viewing and CME; a changed, but prestigious Convocation; more registrants than ever; access to ACS Central; and more. In a special interview, David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive Director of the ACS, and Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, Director of the ACS Division of Member Services, discuss everything that will make the virtual ACS Clinical Congress 2020 a unique event with familiar quality and an unbeatable value.

Medical Student Program Poster: Adjuvant Chemotherapy and Certain Geriatric Cancers. Matthew Hey, third-year medical student at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, speaks about his research that led to the Clinical Congress 2020 poster presentation, "Adjuvant Chemotherapy Improves Survival in Healthy Octogenarians with Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and Unsuspected Nodal Disease."

History of Surgery Poster: Explaining the Call of Surgery for 19th Century Surgeons. Casey Fiechter, first-year medical student at University of Louisville School of Medicine, KY, discusses her and her team's research that led to the Clinical Congress 2020 poster presentation, "The Story Behind the Surgeon: Why 19th Century Surgeons Pursued Surgery As a Career."

Medical Student Program Poster: The Backbone of Shoulder Issues. Blaire Burton, fourth-year medical student at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, discusses her research that led to the Clinical Congress 2020 poster presentation, "Prevalence of Cervical Spine Pathology and Previous Cervical Spine Surgery in Patients Undergoing Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty."