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ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators Admits Second Class into Membership

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™ admitted 83 esteemed surgeon educators into its ranks as Members (38 inductees), Associate Members (40 inductees), and Affiliate Members (five inductees) October 4 at the Academy’s second induction ceremony. This year’s class joins the 91 Members and Associate Members who were inducted in 2018. New Academy Members who will attend the ACS Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco, CA, will be recognized at the annual Convocation.

The Academy introduced a new membership category this year, Affiliate Member, with the induction of non-surgeon professional educators. Affiliate Members come from disciplines with the potential to have an impact on surgical education and training and commit to supporting the goals of the Academy.

Developed by the ACS Division of Education, the Academy recognizes surgeons who have devoted their careers to surgical education. The Academy’s mission is to play a leadership role in advancing the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties, promoting the highest achievements in the lifetimes of surgeons.

“This unique Academy will change the course of surgical education, and we will continue to pursue the Academy’s ambitious goals with great enthusiasm,” said Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, Director of the ACS Division of Education and Co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Academy.

“With highest quality patient care through education being the paramount theme of the American College of Surgeons, the growth of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators continues an important emerging chapter for the ACS,” said L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), ACS Past-President and Co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Academy.

For a listing of all surgeons and other professionals honored with selection into the Academy, visit the ACS website

ACS Academy of Master Surgeon 2019 Inductees

Trauma Surgeon and Survivor Will Deliver Keynote Address at ACS TQIP Annual MeetingTrauma Quality Improvement Program

Todd Maxson, MD, FACS, will deliver the Keynote and Trauma Survivor talk at the 2019 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) Annual Meeting. Dr. Maxson will share his unique experience witnessing the functioning of the Arkansas Trauma System from both sides, as both a surgeon and later a patient. Dr. Maxson is the surgeon in chief and chief of trauma and burns, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, and a professor of surgery at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Dr. Maxson moved to Arkansas in 2009 to help establish the Arkansas Trauma System. In September 2017, he was riding home on his motorcycle when he was struck by a car. The crash resulted in a shattered pelvis and right femur, torn ligaments, and a fibial fracture in his left knee, two broken bones in his right arm, and a torn bladder. Dr. Maxson requested the paramedics take him to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Hospital, the only ACS-verified adult Level I trauma center in the state.

Dr. Maxson credits the trauma system he helped create in Arkansas with saving his life. The infrastructure in place since the establishment of the trauma system allowed for a quick response and high level of care that ultimately saved Dr. Maxson’s life.

Dr. Maxson’s address, Trauma Survivor—There Is No "I" in Team, will take place 3:00–4:00 pm November 16 at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX. Register today for the 2019 TQIP Annual Meeting.

College Launches New Public Awareness Campaign on the Value of ACS Quality Programs

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has launched a new social media campaign aimed at patients to let them know the value of care provided at health care facilities that participate in ACS Quality Programs. The initiative was unveiled this week on the College’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

Based on messages that highlight the College’s mission to improve surgical care, how ACS Quality programs make the surgical experience safer and better, and that ACS-accredited or verified hospitals improve surgery results and lower costs, the campaign directs viewers to the ACS website, where they can read more about each of the Quality Programs.

Members of the ACS are encouraged to share the images and links with their patients to help spread the word.

One of the campaign banners

Visit ACS Theatre at Clinical Congress for Sessions on Important Topics and ACS ProgramsClinical Congress 2019

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will again host the ACS Theatre at Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco, CA. Located in ACS Central in the Moscone Exhibit Hall, the ACS Theatre offers sessions on special topics and ACS programs through lunch sessions and other programming.

The lunch sessions are as follows:

  • Financial Pressures Facing Surgeons: ACS Response
    1:15 pm Monday, October 28

    The ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy team advocates for surgeons at the federal and state level to address significant financial issues, including prior authorization, insurance contracts and network restrictions, declining Medicare and Medicaid payments, and will discuss efforts to ease these pressures.
  • SESAP 17: Author Q&A
    11:45 am Tuesday, October 29

    The newest edition of the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program SESAP® 17, is being unveiled at Clinical Congress. This session will explain how SESAP 17 can meet your educational needs and include discussion of the new edition with three surgeons who helped create the program content.
  • Global Health Initiatives through Operation Giving Back
    11:45 am Wednesday, October 30

    Operation Giving Back (OGB), the College’s volunteerism arm, wants to engage members in an effort to address critical public health issues related to access to basic surgical care both domestically and abroad. Sit in on this session to learn about current OGB efforts, get an update on the Hawassa project, and discover how you can help support humanitarian efforts.

Non-lunch sessions will cover a variety of topics, including new wound care assessment, central line management, smoking cessation before surgery, and more.Visit the ACS Theatre web page for a full list of sessions and more information.