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are useful for all stages of a surgeon’s career from residency to
retooling as surgical practice evolves.
In 2004, R. Scott Jones, MD, FACS, 82nd President of the ACS,
became founding Director of DROPC and assumed responsibility
for bringing the Veterans Affairs (VA) National Surgical Quality Improvement Project to the College. More than 750 non-VA
hospitals now participate in this most important, risk-adjusted
outcomes measurement program aimed at quality improvement.
Loyal Davis, MD, FACS, 43rd President of the ACS, wrote,
“No other medical organization, voluntarily entered into by
its Fellows, has exerted such a profound influence on the discipline and art of surgery in the United States.” 5
The future belongs to you
So, that is the who, why, what, and how.
Now where do we go? That is up to you.
Surgeons have been responsible for the development and
progress of surgery since the early 20th century. The 21st century belongs to you. Our College is the largest organization
of surgeons in the world. I want to encourage you to participate in all the activities of the College—for your benefit, and
for the benefit of your patients. Participate at the local, state,
and national levels and establish personal relationships with
leaders at all levels. Be an advocate for our education and quality programs, join the online ACS Communities and your
state chapters, and serve as a Governor. Attend the annual
Leadership & Advocacy Summit, in Washington, DC. Most
importantly, attend the annual Clinical Congress to keep
abreast of the latest developments in our profession and to
network with other Fellows.
This is your College. It will be what you make it. I am confident that there are those among you who will become leaders
to continue the evolution and progress of the College, to inspire
quality, to maintain the highest standards, and to ensure better
Remember these words by Emily Dickinson: “Surgeons
must be very careful when they take the knife! Underneath
their fine incisions stirs the culprit— life!” 13 Welcome to the American College of Surgeons. ♦