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

The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

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Let's face it—the magnitude of the ACS Clinical Congress was intimidating. Which sessions did you attend? You probably said to yourself, "I want to see this Named Lecture, but I have a course that I really need to attend" or you regretted not viewing all of the e-Posters in your area of interest. As is true in our day-to-day lives of multitasking, we cannot be everywhere at once, and often our limited time creates conflict and stress in our professional environments. This year, you have the ability to see what you want, when you want it! The ACS Clinical Congress 2020 content is still available to view!

— 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:

J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM, newly installed ACS President, who speaks on his goals for the College during his presidency. Dr. Meredith discusses a focus on antiracism and diversity, not only within the College but also within the broader profession; incorporating the lessons learned and technology implemented in the virtual Clinical Congress 2020 into a potential hybrid in-person/virtual event for future conferences; getting young surgeons and trainees involved in the College; and more.

L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, the newly elected Chair of the ACS Board of Regents, who discusses his plans for the upcoming year. Dr. Levin describes goals including examining a deep dive on the issue of racism and racial discrimination within surgery, using the ACS' experience of providing leadership during COVID-19 to bring the field of surgery closer together, and finding a successor for ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, among other topics.

Valerie Rusch, MD, FACS, ACS Immediate Past-President, who discusses her role in convening the ACS Communications group in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and other communications activities. Dr. Rusch offers her thoughts on how the College provided surgeons with COVID-19 patient and practice management information with the Bulletin: ACS COVID-19 Updates newsletter, the transition to broader topics with the Bulletin Brief, and the success of the virtual Clinical Congress 2020 and the future of the conference.