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ACS Advisory Council and Committee Updates

Advisory Council for Gynecology and Obstetrics

The Advisory Council for Gynecology and Obstetrics met for our Clinical Congress meeting in Washington, DC, on October 18. RAS-ACS was represented in person by RAS-ACS Liaison Katie Crean-Tate. Updates within the RAS-ACS community were provided to the Council. Members discussed patient education and widespread surgical standards development with a plan to disseminate information on anticoagulation guidelines and best management of surgical wounds. Council members directed their focus at increasing membership, particularly among resident physicians. To increase involvement, more outreach is needed within obstetrics and gynecology associations, including the Council on Resident Education for Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG), American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), and fellowship-specific associations such as the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO). The Council has plans for the RAS-ACS liaison to promote awareness of RAS-ACS at the next SGO fellowship director meeting as well as through social media, with the continued goal for all Council members to perform outreach at both the local and national levels. 

Katie Crean-Tate
RAS-ACS Advisory Council for Gynecology and Obstetrics Liaison

Advisory Council for Urology

The Advisory Council for Urology is currently working with the Membership Committee on ways to engage urology residents and young urology attending physicians to become members of RAS-ACS in order to begin working toward becoming Fellows of the College. We are targeting both newly matched residents as well as outgoing urology chief residents to maximize expansion. Furthermore, the Advocacy Committee is working with the Urology Council to involve urology trainees in joint advocacy efforts.

Woodson Smelser
RAS-ACS Advisory Council for Urology Liaison

Advisory Council for Rural Surgery

Rural surgeon resources. The Advisory Council for Rural Surgery (ACRS) continues to revise drafts of the Rural Standards Document, which is a set of standards to be used to establish hospital infrastructure and practices required to optimize rural surgical care across the nation. Additionally, the ACRS is collaborating with the Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers to implement the Rural Breast Cancer Initiative, which aims to assist low-volume rural hospitals to provide quality care, measure their quality, and attain accreditation or recognition.

Expanding membership. The ACRS is connecting with the rural surgeon membership and addressing members’ issues via the robust Rural Surgery listserv, monthly The Rural Surgeon columns published in ACS Surgery News, quarterly Dispatches from Rural Surgeons columns in the Bulletin, and hosting one of the busiest ACS online communities.

The ACRS is exploring strategies to bolster the rural surgeon workforce by appealing to medical students, residents, and practicing surgeons with an interest in rural surgery. This is addressed through efforts to create rural surgery rotations within undergraduate and graduate medical education, support the ACS Transition to Practice fellowship, and through the creation of multimedia. I encourage all to view “The Calling of a Rural Surgeon,” a video created by the Rural Surgeons Film Project to highlight the need for rural surgeons across the United States and to depict the satisfaction that rural surgeons find in their work.

Our next meeting will be at the ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit in the spring.

Cory Buschmann
RAS-ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery Liaison

Advisory Council for Orthopaedic Surgery

The Advisory Council for Orthopaedic Surgery met on October 15 at Clinical Congress 2016. L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, a representative on the Board of Regents, discussed participation in the inaugural National Surgical Patient Safety Summit. This joint venture between ACS and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons sought to develop surgical care and surgical education curricula standards and to prioritize safety research. A presentation by Kathleen Heneghan, Assistant Director, ACS Surgical Patient Education, was centered on the availability of grants through the college in order address the relevant topic of opioids and surgery. Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, of the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, provided an update on the recent change in MACRA. The Council determined that they need to improve the representation of orthopaedic subspecialty areas for current orthopaedic members on the Find a Surgeon tool on the ACS website. The Council will meet again at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in San Diego on March 15.

Paulvalery Roulette
RAS-ACS Advisory Council for Orthopedics liaison

Advisory Council for Otolaryngology

The Advisory Council for Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery had the opportunity to meet during Clinical Congress in Washington D.C. The Council discussed topics which impact residency training, such as CMS GME funding, academic collaboration between programs, and opportunity for involvement. The Council also reviewed the Board of Governors position statement regarding concurrent surgery and operating room attire. Areas of recent partnership in patient education between the ACS and Otolaryngology Academy include the use of opioids for postoperative analgesia and the development of tracheostomy kits and feeding tube kits. Additionally, Lenworth Jacobs, MD, FACS, gave a wonderfully informative presentation on the Stop the Bleed campaign at the RAS-ACS Governing Board Meeting. As part of the trauma team, otolaryngologists are encouraged to be active supporters and leaders of the Stop the Bleed campaign in their institution and community. Our next meeting will take place during the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings in April 2017.

Nathan Vandjelovic
RAS-ACS Advisory Council for Otolaryngology liaison

Surgical Research Committee

The Surgical Research Committee (SRC) is a standing committee of the ACS that focuses on the progress of academic surgery and the funding, content, and direction of surgical research.

The SRC sponsors several educational programs including:

The SRC is seeking input from RAS-ACS membership on the following research related topics:

  • Research in general and how RAS-ACS sees the College helping in the research mission
  • Research courses that RAS would like the College to develop (or modifications to the existing courses)
  • RAS’s opinion regarding the Surgical Forum and other research presentations and panels during the annual Clinical Congress

The SRC wants to design and redesign research and educational programs to meet the needs of the RAS-ACS membership in addition to that of Fellows of the ACS. To do so, the SRC needs your input.

Please take a moment to reflect how the ACS can serve you better in promoting and sustaining academic surgical research. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail ( or phone (513-833-5205) with your thoughts and comments.

Check out a new feature in the Bulletin sponsored by the SRC: Profiles in Surgical Research where our RAS-ACS Liaison interviews a surgeon-scientist about the highs and lows of surgical research. Feel free to pass along the names of any individuals you would like to see featured!

Angie Ingraham
ACS Surgical Research Committee Liaison