EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
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their needs and concerns in an ever-changing health
Key to the College’s ability to meet changing member expectations is the Board of Governors. Members
of this body are surveyed annually to determine the
issues of greatest importance to their constituents. This
year’s survey had a high response rate and was invaluable in helping us develop a strategic plan with a focus
on such topics as implementation of the Affordable
Care Act, graduate medical education, and surgical
The Young Fellows Association conducted a
study on OR attire, which was useful in the development of the position statement mentioned earlier. Similarly, the Resident and Associate Society
(RAS-ACS) is conducting a survey to examine handoff training at different institutions and played an
important role in promoting the findings from the
Flexibility in Duty Hour Requirements for Surgical
Trainees (FIRST) Trial.
Operation Giving Back continues to coordinate
efforts to further ACS global and domestic engagement, volunteerism, and disaster response. In addition, the Military Health Services Strategic Partnership
ACS played a vital role in establishing a Military-ACS
NSQIP collaborative, working with the Department
of Defense to develop a curriculum for military surgeons in austere environments, and in responding to
the NASEM report.
The Division of Integrated Communications played
a pertinent role in launching Bleedingcontrol.org and
continuously strives to bring news and information
to the membership in formats that are compatible
with the needs of today’s busy surgeons.
Efforts are under way to transition Bulletin readers from the print version to online only beginning
January 1, 2017. Each month, members receive an
e-mail alerting them when the new issue is available and information about how to access the Bulletin
website, read an interactive version of the magazine,
or download the app.
Likewise, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS) launched a redesigned home page at
journalacs.org. The layout is more user-friendly, allowing readers to find content quickly, and includes more
surgical videos and images, as well as a complete list
of the JACS Continuing Medical Education articles for
Similarly, the College’s electronic newsletters underwent a makeover, ensuring that they all have a consistent look and feel and are easily viewed on a computer,
tablet, or smartphone.
The College’s social media presence also continues
to grow. For details about the growth of the online ACS
Communities, see the article on page 87. Furthermore,
we continue to see upward participation trajectories on
our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.
Looking forward to 2017
As these few examples demonstrate, the College continues to move forward to bring surgeons and their
colleagues the tools, resources, and educational opportunities they need to succeed in practice and provide
optimal care to their patients. As always, we welcome
your suggestions regarding how we can best serve you
in the future. Thank you for your ongoing support,
and here’s to another transformative year. ♦
This year’s Initiate class was the largest ever, with a total
of 1,823 new members. I would argue that growing interest
in ACS Fellowship demonstrates that surgeons recognize
that the College is responsive to their needs and concerns
in an ever-changing health care environment.