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NewsScope: December 7, 2018

ACS Strong for Surgery Program Releases Four New ChecklistsStrong for Surgery

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently released four new screening checklists for the Strong for Surgery program (S4S) to help surgical teams improve outcomes for their patients. The new checklists address delirium, prehabilitation, pain management, and patient directives.

The checklists are integrated into the preoperative phase of clinical practice for elective operations by surgeons and surgical staff. By screening patients for potential risk factors that can lead to surgical complications, these checklists open the door for appropriate interventions to ensure better outcomes for patients. Global research has shown that use of a checklist improves patient optimization for an operation and helps to ensure that important aspects of care are followed for each case.

For the last few years, these checklists have targeted four areas known to be highly influential determinants of surgical outcomes: nutrition, glycemic control, medication management, and smoking cessation. The new checklists represent a much-anticipated expansion of the program. 

For details on the new S4S checklists, read the ACS press release. For more information on participating in Strong for Surgery, visit the ACS Strong for Surgery web page.

ACS Foundation Annual Appeal: Donate to Support the Field of SurgeryAmerican College of Surgeons Foundation

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation recently sent a letter to domestic and Canadian Fellows from Foundation Board Chair Mary H. McGrath, MD, MPH, FACS, regarding the Annual Appeal 2018 and the importance of contributing to the ACS as a means of “effective giving: a thoughtful way to support approaches that will bring about beneficial change.” 

To that end, the “Foundation’s new mission isn’t merely to raise funds, but rather to promote innovation and future planning with the College,” Dr. McGrath said.  The Foundation has worked with the various divisions of the College to develop a catalog of 19 projects that need financial support, including surgical initiatives in cancer, global health, and trauma, among other areas. Details about these projects are available on the Foundation web page. “By giving to the College, you are affirming that surgery and surgeons play a key role in our health system,” Dr. McGrath said in the letter.

Visit the Foundation web page to donate. U.S. Fellows that donate online before midnight December 31 or through mail with a check dated and postmarked December 31 will be eligible for a 2018 tax deduction for donations.

SurgeonsPAC Cohosts Ninth Annual Specialty Physician and Dentist Candidate Workshop

The American College of Surgeons Professional Association political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) cohosted the ninth annual Specialty Physician and Dentist Candidate Workshop November 30–December 1 at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. Developed to educate and train physicians and dentists who are interested in running for public office, particularly using the medical community to enhance support across multiple specialties, more than 30 physician and dentist specialty organization representatives were in attendance. Among the workshop participants were a number of ACS Fellows and Resident Members, as well as Representative-elect Kim Schrier, MD (D-WA), whom SurgeonsPAC supported in the 2018 midterm election. In addition to several special guest speakers, the program featured breakout sessions, campaign case studies, and best practices aimed at leveraging health professionals’ commitment to public service at all levels of government.

To learn more about the workshop or the College’s ongoing advocacy and political efforts, contact Katie Oehmen, Manager, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC and Grassroots, at

Attendees at the Specialty Physician and Dentist Candidate Workshop included (from left) Alan G. Thorson, MD, FACS; John Maa, MD, FACS; John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS; Alistair J. Kent, MD, MPH; Kevin Koo, MD, MPH; and Cynthia D. Downard, MD, MMSc, FACS.