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Top 10 List - ACS Board of Regents - February 2019

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Dr. Daniel Dent, Vice Chair of the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors, along with Dr. Steven Stain, Chair, and Dr. Ronald Weigel, Secretary, provided the summary below of the Top 10 items discussed at the February 2019 ACS Board of Regent meeting.

ACS Leadership for 2018-19


  • President: Ron Maier
  • Immediate Past President: Barbara Bass
  • President elect: Valerie Rusch
  • First Vice President: Mark Weissler
  • First Vice President elect: John Weigelt
  • Second Vice President: Philip Caropreso
  • Second Vice President elect: F. Dean Griffen
  • Secretary: Edward Cornwell
  • Treasurer: William Cioffi
  • Chair, Board of Regents: Gerald Fried
  • Vice Chair, Board of Regents: James Elsey
  • Chair, Board of Governors: Steven Stain
  • Vice Chair, Board of Governors: Daniel Dent
  • Secretary, Board of Governors: Ronald Weigel

ACS BoR Voted to Approve Novel Tiered ACS Continuing Education Accreditation System Designed to Allow Fellows to Achieve Excellence Through Education

  • Supports development and maintenance of expertise and mastery and promote excellence in surgery through advanced education and training. It would encourage surgeons to pursue these exemplary levels of achievement; thus, the effort would benefit the patients and the public.
  • Permits recognition of individuals who have demonstrated these high levels of achievement through special Certificates.
  • Based on new Standards that would catalyze development of new and innovative education programs that utilize cutting-edge methods and state-of-the-art technology for teaching, learning, and assessment of cognitive, technical, and non-technical skills.

ACS BoR Voted to Approve ACS Guidelines for Ethical Use of Social Media by Surgeons

  • Social media has become a ubiquitous part of modern life; as such, it is necessary for surgeons to know how to use this platform successfully to interact with colleagues, patients, professional societies and regulatory authorities in an ethical and professional manner, thus protecting the best interests of all parties including themselves.
  • These new guidelines, to be published in an upcoming issue of the Bulletin, are intended to provide guidance as to how to have an online presence and adhere to the American College of Surgeons Professionalism standards.

Board of Governors Report

2018-2019 Governor Demographics

289 Governors

  • 203 Governors-At-Large (i.e., Chapters)
  • 86 Specialty Society Governors (includes military)
  • 234 Male
  • 55 Female
  • 3% increase from 2018
  • 160 in First Term
  • 129 in Second Term
  • 46 Countries Represented
  • 14 Specialties Represented
  • 15 < 45 years of age

Priorities for 2018-2019

Help Chapters Grow Membership

  • Easy access to recruitment tools and resources
  • Competition to be announced soon

Increase Collaboration with ACS Divisions, Advisory Councils, Board of Regents, etc.

  • Pillar members of Advisory Councils to meet with Governors at 2019 Leadership Summit
  • Strengthen Communication Effort
  • Ongoing efforts via ACS communication vehicles

2019 Leadership & Advocacy Summit

  • March 30 โ€“ April 2
  • Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Washington, DC
  • B/G Workgroups Meetings and Pillar Meetings (excluding International Chapters Activities/Fiscal Committee)
  • New: All Pillars Meeting
  • New: Governors Overview/Networking Lunch
  • Increased Collaboration with Advisory Councils via Joint Pillar Meetings
  • Advocacy Webinar to be held prior to Summit to update Governors on key health policy issues (DAHP hosting webinar)

ACS Quality and Safety Conference (QSC)

  • 2019 ACS QSC will be held in Washington, DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center July 19-22.
  • The conference theme is "Putting Our Patients First."

Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care

  • ICP-Orthopedics was launched in 2018
  • NSQIP continues to expand

Cancer Programs Update

  • 1,483 CoC-accredited individual programs and network programs
  • 669 breast centers accredited by the NAPBC.
  • 5 National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) accredited programs.
  • 611 cancer programs accreditation surveys were performed in 2018.
  • At least 20 new on-site reviewers are needed over the next two years to accommodate program growth
  • Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery Volume II (Esophagus, Gastric, Melanoma, Rectum, Thyroid) was published in 2018.

Committee on Trauma

  • Updated Vision Statement: Eliminate preventable deaths and disabilities across the globe by preventing injury and improving the outcomes of trauma patients
  • Updated Mission Statement: The mission of the COT is to develop and implement programs that support injury prevention and ensure optimal patient outcomes across the continuum of care. These programs incorporate advocacy, education, trauma center and trauma system resources, best practice creation, outcome assessment, and continuous quality improvement.
  • Stop the Bleed training is being provided in over 77 countries. As of December 31, 2018, www.bleedingcontrol.org had over 35,000 registered classes, 39,000 instructors, and 547,000 persons trained worldwide.
  • Data from the ACS Membership Survey on Firearm Injuries is being analyzed and will be used to drive ACS efforts to reduce firearm injury. Over 11,000 ACS Fellows responded to the survey.
  • In 2018 more than 40,000 students were trained in the following ACS COT courses: Advanced Surgical Skills Exposure for Trauma, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Trauma Operative Management, Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness Course, Rural Trauma Team Development Course, Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma
  • As of January 16, 2018, there are a total of 812 hospitals participating in ACS Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) including 142 programs participating in Pediatric TQIP. 96 programs participate in both Adult and Pediatric TQIP

Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

  • 183 individuals applied for Membership or Associate Membership and 106 were selected. New members were inducted on October 3, 2018.

Concerns/Opportunities Raised by the Young Fellows Association (YFA) and Residents and Associates Society (RAS)

  • Autonomy for trainees
  • The role of surgical graduates who are not yet fellows โ€“ potential for engagement
  • Note: Follow-up discussion with Dr. Patricia Turner, Director of Member Services, reveals that resident members are tracked throughout their time as Associate Members and are encouraged to become Fellows โ€“ more than 50% join as Fellows.


Publication Date: 
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 10:15am