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

The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

100 Words

Surgeons are multitaskers. We are decision makers. We are purposeful and definitive in our actions. We believe in our profession and trust our training. We all should concentrate on getting better at our craft. Today's operation should be as good as the same procedure you performed last week, and if we are critical of ourselves—it should be much better than the same procedure you did your first week in practice. Our ability to manage complications and unfavorable outcomes should improve over time. Good judgement is based on learning from bad experiences—and experience is based on less than optimal clinical judgment.

— L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents

Surgeon Voices

In this issue, ACS Board of Regents Vice-Chair Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Director, Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviews:

E. Christopher Ellison, MD, FACS, professor of surgery emeritus, The Ohio State University, and Chair of the ACS Foundation, who discusses the history and function of the Foundation, the many College programs and awards that it financially supports, the Foundation's presence at the virtual Clinical Congress 2020, and more.

Frank Opelka, MD, FACS, ACS Medical Director of Quality and Health Policy, who discusses value-based care and digital health care. Dr. Opelka describes how the College helped to define surgical quality as an area distinct from a simple payment measure, the potential for hospital participation in an ACS Quality Program to positively affect reimbursement, the importance of implementing a user-friendly digital data collection system to interface with EHRs, and more.

Samantha Prince, third-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, who discusses the research she presented at Clinical Congress 2020 on abdominal aortic aneurysm, her experience at the virtual conference, and her plans for the future.