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

Eileen M. Bulger, MD, FACS

Note from the Chair

Dear Friends,

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. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in our hospitals and health care systems and the need to covert to solely virtual meetings, I have been impressed by your engagement and commitment to continue to drive the programs of the Committee on Trauma (COT) forward. During the pandemic, many of us have seen significant increases in the volume of injured patients, especially penetrating injuries, which has reinforced how critical it is that the work of the COT continue. I want to thank everyone who was able to join us for Trauma Week in advance of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress. If you missed any of these sessions you will find the link to the recordings later in this newsletter. And if you heard about a project that you would like to get involved with, please reach out to the relevant committee or pillar chair. 

I also want to congratulate all those who participated in the Resident Paper Competition. The future for trauma research is in good hands!

Our next meeting is scheduled for the week of March 8, 2021, and while we would rather meet in person, we have decided that the safest course of action is to plan for a virtual meeting. We will send out that schedule as soon as it is available but will try to avoid Zoom fatigue with too many sessions in one day. Thanks to Dr. Saud Al Turki, Chair of the International Injury Care (I2C2) Committee, the Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS) Global Symposium for 2020 was held as part of the International All Levels Trauma Conference, November 7 and 8. These sessions were also recorded and are available on the conference website. The other virtual meeting that is not to be missed is the annual Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) meeting December 7–10, 2020. We are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of TQIP this year and I hope you will encourage your entire trauma team to join in! Register today!

As you know, 2022 will be the 100th Anniversary of the COT, and we have several workgroups already preparing for a year of celebration. As we look toward honoring our legacy members and all of the contributions of the COT to trauma care across the globe, we believe there is no better way than to secure the future through support of the Future Trauma Leaders 100 (FTL100) fundraising campaign. Thanks to all who have donated thus far—if you are interested in making a donation, please visit our FTL100 donation page. In response to the pandemic, we have extended the terms of all the current FTLs by one year and we look forward to welcoming our new FTL class in March. Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Drs. Cherisse Berry, Samuel Ross, John Scott, and Chethan Sathya to the program!

As we continue to strive to meet the mission of the COT, we are committed to upholding the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, within both the organization and the community that we serve. To that end, we are in the midst of a self-assessment survey on these topics and we need your help. If you have not already completed the COT equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) survey, please take the survey now and give us your feedback. We will be presenting the survey results at the March meeting along with proposed initiatives to advance this cause. Our goal is that 100 percent of Central and Regional COT members complete this survey. Thanks for your support!

As we move into the winter season, I hope you all remain healthy and can enjoy some down time with your families. Thank you for all the work you do and stay safe.

All my best,

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