Without factoring in surgeons’ success rate with the
more challenging patients, the potential for wrongly
directing patients away from these surgeons cer-
As noted earlier, Strategies to Enhance Survival in
Active Shooter and Intentional Mass Casualty Events:
A Compendium mailed with the September Bulletin.
This document is being distributed to a wide audi-
ence, including not only ACS Fellows and staff but
also employees of federal agencies and other stake-
holders interested in improving the public’s ability
to respond at the scene of active shooter and mass
casualty events. It was developed under the leader-
ship of Dr. Jacobs and has been well-received.
Strategic planning for moving more content and
driving readers to the Bulletin online is ongoing.
Efforts are also under way to give readers an online
experience comparable to reading the print version.
The Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS)
recently received its 2014 impact factor rating from
Thomson Reuters: 5.122 for articles published 2012
and 2013—an increase of 15 percent from the previous year. JACS now ranks eighth among 198 surgery
Several improvements have been made to the
“My Profile” feature of the ACS website, including
implementation of a dues notification message and a
feature that allows members to select their preferred
format for receiving JACS and the Bulletin: print or
electronic. “Surgeons at work” photos have been
added to several areas of the website. We continue
to seek additional photos that showcase the diversity of ACS members.
The ACS marketing team assisted in the develop-
ment of the “Straight from the Source” videos that
highlight specific education programs and feature
surgeon faculty and course participants talking about
the importance and impact of the courses. The first
video in the series was released this summer and
focused on Selected Readings in General Surgery. Other
videos in development include AEI, Surgical Education
and Self-Assessment Program, and Surgeons as Leaders.
Plans are in place for a tour of AEIs to showcase
innovations in surgery and to advance the case for skills
training and simulation in the credentialing and privileging process. The first stop on the tour is slated for
January 2016 in Houston, TX.
A series of intimate local networking events for
young surgeons to meet with College leadership and
discuss how the ACS can help them in their careers is
under way. The first event took place in September in
Sacramento, CA, followed by a meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
The communications team helped to develop the
first ACS NSQIP Quality Brief, an e-newsletter targeted at
the hospital C-suite, to build awareness of ACS NSQIP
and its impact on improving quality and reducing
health care costs. The first issue was released in March.
In 2014, the College launched Clinical Congress Daily
Highlights, a digital newsletter to promote the scientific
news featured at the conference. The newsletter was
distributed every morning via e-mail with articles on
key courses/seminars from the previous day and serves
as a companion to the daily Clinical Congress News.
ACS programs and studies published in JACS
received substantial media coverage this past year,
including reports in Wall Street Journal, New York Times,
CBS News, ABC News, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, Reuters Health, MedScape, Modern Healthcare,
and Health Leaders Media.
The College’s state-of-the-art online community platform, ACS Communities, became available to members
in the summer of 2014. As of August 2015, the platform
has grown to 109 communities covering a variety of
member surgeon interest areas. Of these, 66 communities are open, meaning that any member of the College
may join. Closed communities exist primarily to provide online work forums for ACS leadership groups. In
the first year, more than 166,000 discussion posts were
written, generating more than 1 million page views.
This summer, the ACS issued public comments on physician
rating systems for individual surgeons, questioning the
usefulness of the information the websites provided
because the surgeon ratings were based on administrative
claims data rather than risk-adjusted clinical data.