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2016 Bulletin

We have compiled past issues of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons and listed features for each issue. You can view the additional content and full issues of the Bulletin by clicking on PDF or Online.

January 2016 BulletinJanuary 2016

Volume 101, Issue 1

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  • Reimbursement changes in 2016
    • Provisions in the 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule that will affect surgical practice: An overview
    • 2015 CPT coding changes will have mixed effects on payment for general surgeons
  • Highlights of Clinical Congress 2015
  • The 2015 RAS-ACS annual Communications Committee essay contest: An introduction
  • First-place essay: The things I carry
  • ACS Officers, Regents, and Board of Governors’ Executive Committee


February 2015 BulletinFebruary 2016

Volume 101, Issue 2

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  • Empowerment over charity: How surgeons turned Armenia’s tragedy into an opportunity
  • Leading without a title
  • Not your father’s ACS: The view from the Chair of the YFA
  • The view from the Chair of the RAS-ACS


Bulletin March 2016 CoverMarch 2016

Volume 101, Issue 3

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  • Looking forward: FIRST Trial results explained
  • Meaningful use: A program in transition
  • The Hartford Consensus IV: A Call for Increased National Resilience
  • Applying advocacy skills: Gaining influence from the statehouse to Capitol Hill
  • Optimal in-home postoperative care made possible through new Patient Feeding Tube Home Skills Kit
  • Report from the Past-Chair of the Board of Regents: Impressions on the relevance of a professional organization


April Bulletin coverApril 2016

Volume 101, Issue 4

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  • Face forward: Transplant surgeon overcomes challenges with teamwork and technology
  • A family tradition: Fellows describe influence of surgeon parents and other relatives
  • ACS CoC creates awareness of cancer issues at state and federal levels
  • 2015 ACS Governors Survey: Surgeons express concerns regarding the EHR


May 2016 BulletinMay 2016

Volume 101, Issue 5

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  • Surgeons lead effort to establish a sustainable eye bank in a developing nation
  • 2015 ACS Governors Survey: Surgeons describe the ACA’s effects on access to care
  • PQRS reporting in 2016 and what the College is doing to help
  • Profiles in surgical research: Anthony Atala, MD, FACS


June 2016 BulletinJune 2016

Volume 101, Issue 6

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  • Progress in achieving universal access to surgical care: An update and a path forward
  • The surgeon and social media: Twitter as a tool for practicing surgeons
  • Stay connected and informed: Start tweeting
  • 2015 ACS Governors Survey: Surgeons speak out on GME funding issues
  • ACS Foundation Annual Report 2015


July 2016 Bulletin CoverJuly 2016

Volume 101, Issue 7

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  • 3-D printing: Revolutionizing preoperative planning, resident training, and the future of surgical care
  • Health care networks: Surprise billings for surgical patients
  • Seeking equilibrium in decision making: The balance between clinical judgment and patient goals
  • Clinical Congress 2016 Preliminary Program


August 2016

Volume 101, Issue 8

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  • ACS Resident and Associate Society: Generations of surgeons: Honoring and modernizing tradition
    • Surgery comes of age: The ACS and the evolution of the surgical profession
    • Talking through time: Trends in communication and the evolving patient-physician relationship
    • "Pimping”: Time-honored educational tradition or relic of the past?
    • The ACS and advocacy: A tradition of protecting our patients and advancing our profession
    • Technology for teaching: New tools for 21st century surgeons
  • Exploring the limits of surgeon disclosure: Where are the boundaries?


September 2016

Volume 101, Issue 9

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  • Committee on Trauma introduces needs assessment tool aimed at resolving trauma center debate
  • ACS lobbyist experiences the relevance of trauma centers firsthand
  • American College of Surgeons Statements on Principles
  • Dispatches from the Africa Mercy: A ship of hope and healing
  • Fellow initiates program to train Future Doctors for South Sudan


October 2016

Volume 101, Issue 10

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  • Young surgeons speak up: Stringent OR attire restrictions decrease morale without improving outcomes
  • The new Medicare physician reimbursement system: Building the Quality Payment Program
  • ACS Committee on Trauma pledges to make zero preventable deaths a reality
  • Get out the vote: Make a difference on issues of critical concern to surgery
  • Two decades of humanitarian surgical outreach and capacity building in Kurdistan


November 2016November 2016

Volume 101, Issue 11

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  • Orlando Regional Medical Center responds to Pulse nightclub shooting
  • Surgical futility and patient-centered care: The effects of human nature in decision making
  • Boston Marathon survivors find treatment, care, and solidarity among veterans
  • ACS WiSC addresses ongoing challenges for women in surgery
  • RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Residents debate the boundaries of surgeon disclosure
  • ACS Chapter Grant Program supports opportunities to lobby state lawmakers


December 2016

Volume 101, Issue 12

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  • Presidential Address: Do what’s right for the patient: Franklin H. Martin and the American College of Surgeons
  • Improving quality in geriatric surgery: A blueprint from the American College of Surgeons
  • Using the ACS NSQIP Surgical Risk Calculator for surgical education and quality improvement
  • The 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System: What it means for surgery
  • 2016 state legislative year in review and a look ahead
  • Women’s role in otolaryngologic medicine
  • Executive Director’s annual report