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

Eileen M. Bulger, MD, FACS

Note from the Chair

Dear Friends,

As I write this in early April, I find it hard to predict how our health care system will be when you read this in early May. It is my hope that all of us will have passed the peak in the number of COVID cases in our ICUs and life will be returning to normal. We are a resilient community and I believe the lessons we are learning in the response to this crisis will serve us well in future challenges.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued to communicate the importance of maintaining access to care for severely injured patients and the model of the trauma system as a framework for disaster response. As we move forward, our work to continue to strengthen trauma centers and trauma systems remains a vital mission in public health around the globe. I want to thank you for your commitment and dedication to patient care over the past few weeks, and I look forward to seeing you all at the Clinical Congress in October.

While it feels like many projects have been on hold during this crisis, this newsletter provides an overview of all the terrific ongoing work of the Committee on Trauma. Our pillars of injury prevention, advocacy, trauma center quality, trauma system quality, and education all remain incredibly active in advancing our mission and vision. We are also grateful to the liaisons from our many partner organizations who have provided reports on their activity.     

For anyone who missed the business meeting or new member orientation from the March meeting, these recorded sessions provide an excellent overview of the activity of the COT. We continue to work on strategies to support member engagement and encourage you to find a project you want to work on and reach out to the appropriate committee chair. Our new advisory workgroup on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will be reaching out with a survey of the COT membership in the near future, and I encourage you all to participate.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not remind you all of the Future Trauma Leaders campaign that was launched at the Clinical Congress in October 2019. This is a critical initiative to raise sufficient funds to support the FTL program as our gift to the future of trauma care as we approach the 100th Anniversary of the COT in 2022. Please consider a donation to this historic campaign. I have found that a monthly donation from my credit card is a painless way to accomplish this goal. Thanks to all who have supported the campaign to date.

Thanks again for all the work you do on behalf of injured patients around the world. Know that your work is moving us closer to our vision of eliminating preventable deaths and disability across the globe by preventing injury and improving the outcomes of trauma patients.

Eileen Bulger, MD, FACS
Chair, ACS Committee on Trauma