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ACS Program Updates, Resources and Announcements

Attend the Virtual 2020 ACS Board of Governors' Awards Program

The Board of Governors Executive Committee of the American College of Surgeons invites you to watch the 2020 Board of Governors' Awards Program on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 pm CT. The awards are determined by the ACS Board of Governors Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup and are administered through the ACS Operation Giving Back program.

The program features inspirational stories from the 2020 ACS-Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awardees, remarkable achievements by ACS Chapters, special recognition of retiring Governors, and appreciation of the 2019–2020 Executive Committee of the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors' Awards Program will be accessible to all and available on facs.org/BOGAwards for future viewing.

Learn about ACS SSR MIPS 2020 Participation Deadline and SSR Educational Webinar

The ACS Surgeon Specific Registry™ continues to offer you the option to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Merit-based Incentive Payment System using the SSR for the 2020 performance year. Verify your 2020 eligibility by using your individual National Provider Identifier number before signing up for MIPS 2020 Participation. The deadline to complete and approve your MIPS 2020 data through the SSR is January 6, 2021.

CMS has approved the ACS SSR to provide MIPS 2020 participation as a Qualified Registry for the Quality and Improvement Activities components for the 2020 performance year. Submitting MIPS 2020 data to CMS will allow you to potentially either avoid a flat 9 percent negative payment adjustment, receive a neutral adjustment, or earn a positive payment adjustment of up to 9 percent in calendar year 2022.

The COVID-19 public health emergency has impacted all clinicians across the U.S. and territories. For the 2020 performance year, CMS will be using the Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances policy to allow clinicians, groups and virtual groups to submit an application requesting reweighting of one or more MIPS performance categories due to the current COVID-19 pandemic PHE. Additionally, a new high-weighted COVID-19 clinical trials improvement activity provides an opportunity for clinicians to receive credit in MIPS for the important work they are already doing across the U.S. Learn more about COVID-19 reporting changes.

To assist surgeons who choose to report MIPS 2020, the SSR is offering the MIPS 2020 Education Program allowing surgeons to earn up to 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Learn more about the MIPS 2020 Education Program and claiming CME credit: MIPS Program & System Education-Surgeon Specific Registry.

The ACS SSR is offering several educational webinars for surgeons who want to make the most of the SSR. Learn about new features in the SSR and how to review, reflect upon and learn from your case data, no matter whether you are new to the SSR or an experienced user.

Register here for a 60 minute SSR webinar now.

For any SSR programmatic questions, including MIPS participation, contact the ACS SSR Program at SSR@facs.org or at 312-202-5408. For SSR technical questions or issues (password reset, account reactivation, and so on), contact Technical Support at ACSTechSupport@iqvia.com, or at 877-600-7237 (toll-free).

The ACS International Surgeons: Global Social Media Impact in the Time of COVID-19

by Mecker G Möller, MD, FACS; Terence Jackson, MD; and Shaneeta M Johnson, MD, FACS

Almost one year ago, at the ACS Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco, CA, the Facebook group, ACS-International Surgeons, and the Twitter account, @ACSInterntl, were officially launched as an outreach initiative by the ACS Board of Governors Chapter Activities International Workgroup to connect, network and communicate with international surgeons across the globe.

The Facebook page was initiated with 140 members and was showing moderate growth, but it was not until the COVID-19 pandemic became a global threat that surgeons, surgery residents and medical students from all over the world flooded the page requesting to join the international surgeons group. Many were seeking guidance or advice from the ACS or its Fellows on how to manage surgical patients, as the organization's knowledge on COVID-19 was rapidly evolving, or U.S. surgeons inquiring about the experiences of surgeons dealing with the pandemic in other countries. The page became a global hub for an international surgical community, which was growing by the hundreds as we were providing timely information and updates on COVID-19 surgical guidelines.

To handle such a significant increase in member involvement, which required moderation of content and ensuring members' credentials, the communications subgroup was created and included the liaison representatives from the ACS Young Fellows Association and Resident and Associate Society of the ACS to the International Board of Governors, who are now part of our four administrators/moderators team. In addition, the communications subgroup is working to create best practices and other resources to help international chapters improve and enhance the communication with Fellows, other chapters, and other ACS groups, with a focus on promoting the use of social media and the ACS Communities within international chapters. Each member of the subgroup was asked to join the international surgeons Facebook page and promote the site through the various channels, as well as to follow the international surgeons Twitter account and tags as appropriate. Additionally, highlights of activities occurring within chapters and countries were promoted on the social media platforms to amplify the ACS chapter work being done internationally. Chapters also submitted COVID-19-related activities and experiences to enhance communication and share best practices. An instructional slide deck on best practices for social media, "Basic Social Media for ACS International Chapters," was completed with support from the ACS communications subgroup. It will be provided to chapters and presents instructions on how to get started.

The Facebook page features ACS-relevant information, notifications, and educational opportunities such as scholarship announcements, information regarding international surgical conferences/congresses and meetings pertinent to global surgery and COVID-19, free educational webinars and educational videos from all over the world.

To date, we have received a total of 6,417 join requests, approving 5,100 members from at least 100 countries in the world (see Figures 1-3) representing more than a 3,000 percent increase in growth since its early days. There are at least 4,562 active members who check the page periodically. In the last 12 months, there have been 691 posts, averaging more than 50 posts a month, which have generated about 5,919 engagements, with Monday, Tuesday and Sunday between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm being the most active times. The current members'  demographics are 82 percent male and 18 percent female, with most members in the 25–44 year age group followed by the 45–54 year-old group (see Figure 4).

Our Twitter page has also experienced an increase in followers (647) with up to 13.8K impressions in the last three months. The most relevant impression topics have been Global Surgery COVID-19 and ACS Clinical Congress information with 3,995 and 4,550 impressions, respectively. These are encouraging numbers, and we strive to increase our Twitter presence. We invite you to follow our Twitter page, to tag and mention our handle @ACSInternatl to help us have a larger reach and be able to connect surgeons across the globe.

If you or your ACS chapter are interested in global surgery, international networking and volunteering, join our ACS International Surgeons Facebook page. Our goal is to continue to have a positive impact of providing educational resources to surgeons across the globe while facilitating important information and pertinent communication from the ACS. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted how collaboration among surgeons has no borders, as well as the relevance of social media in the global surgery strategy.

Figures 1A, 1B. Membership growth in 1-year period and activity

Figures 1A. Membership growth in 1-year period and activity

Figures 1B. Membership growth in 1-year period and activity

Figure 2. Countries of origin

Figure 2. Countries of origin

Figure 3. Top 10 countries and cities

Figure 3. Top 10 countries and cities

Figure 4. Age and gender group

Figure 4. Age and gender group

Follow the ACS-International Surgeons on Facebook  and Twitter.

Learn the Latest on Trauma Care by Registering for the FREE Virtual TQIP Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the virtual 2020 ACS Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP®) Annual Scientific Meeting and Training, December 7–10—and like the ACS Quality and Safety Conference and the Clinical Congress—this virtual event is completely FREE to attend!

This meeting brings together trauma medical directors, program managers, coordinators and registrars from participating and prospective TQIP hospitals and provides an online venue in which to interact with key leaders from trauma centers around the country, in addition to networking with fellow trauma professionals and sharing best practices. Your registration will include access to the virtual meeting, including general sessions, panel sessions, abstract presentations, virtual poster gallery and virtual exhibit hall. These sessions will include programming from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm CST each day. Registration will also include on-demand access to this content for a period of 60 days following the meeting.

Also make sure to watch this year's Keynote Speaker, Mike Barger, EdD, talk about Leadership Through Crisis. Dr. Barger is a professor of business administration and executive director, Ross Online, at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In his teaching role, Dr. Barger provides courses in leadership, entrepreneurship, crisis, and change management. Dr. Barger was a chief instructor at the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN); foundering member of JetBlue Airways; and chief operating officer of CorpU, an education technology company, among others, putting his leadership and education roles to extensive use.

What are you waiting for? Register today!

Achieving the Best: ACS NSQIP Recognizes 89 Hospitals for Achieving Meritorious Outcomes for Surgical Patient Care

The ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program has recognized 89 of an eligible 607 hospitals participating in the adult program for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019. ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures; these outcomes are then analyzed by the ACS and reported back to hospitals. These results will inform patient safety initiatives within the hospital and impact the quality of surgical care.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score in either an "All Cases" category or a category that includes only "High Risk" cases. Each composite score was determined through a different weighted formula combining eight outcomes. Outcomes in the following eight clinical areas were evaluated:

  • Mortality
  • Cardiac: cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction
  • Pneumonia
  • Unplanned Intubation
  • Ventilator use for more than 48 hours per patient
  • Renal Failure
  • SSI: superficial incisional SSI, deep incisional SSI, and organ/space SSI
  • UTI: urinary tract infection

A listing of the recognized hospitals is available online. Read more about how these hospitals were chosen.

Recognition for Innovation: Submit Applications for 2021 Jacobson Promising Investigator Award

The ACS is accepting applications for the 2020 Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award through February 28, 2021.

The JPIA was established to recognize outstanding surgeons who are engaging in research, advancing the art and science of surgery, and demonstrating early promise of significant contribution to the practice of surgery and the safety of surgical patients. The award is supported through a generous endowed fund established by the donors and administered by the ACS Surgical Research Committee.

Special consideration will be given to surgeons who are at the "tipping point" of their research careers, with a track record indicative of early promise and potential (for example, a degree program in research or a K award).

Visit the JPIA web page for complete details on award criteria and nomination details. Contact Jorge Hernandez, Project Coordinator, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care–Continuous Quality Improvement, at jacobsonpia@facs.org or call 331-202-5319 with inquiries.

Master Your Mentorship: Participate in RAS-ACS Webinar on Maximizing the Potential of Your Mentorship Relationship

Effective mentorship is an integral part of achieving a surgeon's career goals and, as a mentee, maximizing this mentorship relationship is critical to a successful outcome. The Resident and Associate Society of the ACS will hold a webinar on Maximizing the Potential of Your Mentorship Relationship 6:00–7:00 pm CST November 30, to help make the most of this unique relationship.

Presented by Shaneeta Johnson, MD, FACS, and Shubhada Dhage, MD, FACS, this webinar will help you achieve the following:

  • Understand what a mentee driven relationship entails
  • Optimize your mentee driven relationship
  • Learn how to create achievable goals for your mentorship relationship

Register today!

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Openings for Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Trauma Surgeon, General Surgeon, and Multiple Orthopedic Surgeons

With the ACS Surgery Career Connection, you can search more than 1,000 surgeon-specific positions and submit your application. The ACS Surgery Career Connection site is the premier resource to connect highly qualified surgeons with the best career opportunities across the country. Find your next career opportunity. Log on today.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon | Banner Health | Phoenix, AZ

Trauma Surgeon | West Virginia University Charleston Division |Charleston, WV

General Surgery | Pacific Companies | GA

Orthopedic Surgeons – Multiple Openings

Tailor your Surgery Career Connection search to target the opportunities of interest to you.