WiSC also established the Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring
Women in Surgery Award to recognize an individual’s
significant contributions to the advancement of women in the
field of surgery. The inaugural award was presented to Mary
Maniscalco-Theberge, MD, FACS, at Clinical Congress 2016.
The International Relations Committee (IRC) continues to work on the following projects to improve
the experiences of international members and guest
•Finalization of new protocols for consideration of international membership applications
•Selection of the first International Chapter Initiative
•Extending invitations to 20 international scholars and
travelers to attend Clinical Congress 2016 and to two
international scholars to participate in the ACS NSQIP
conference in July
•Establishing the first ACS/American Society of Breast
Surgeons International Scholarship, which will be
awarded in January 2017
•Creating a new Community Surgeons Travel Award
for a rural or small town surgeon from the Philippines
The Scholarships Committee of the College awards
talented surgeons and surgeons-in-training with educational opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. A new
scholarship, to be shared with American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, will be offered in 2017.
The Women in Surgery Committee (WiSC) crafted
the ACS Statement on the Importance of Parental
Leave, recognizing that a successful surgical career
should not preclude a surgeon’s choice to be a parent.
ablished the Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women
in Surgery Award to recognize an individual’s significant contributions to the advancement of women in
the field of surgery. The inaugural award was presented to Mary Maniscalco-Theberge, MD, FACS, at
Clinical Congress 2016. In addition, the WiSC has
developed a series of podcasts to highlight women
surgeon leaders and continues to sponsor mentorship programs.
The ACS continues to manage the Society of Surgical Chairs (SSC), which now has 180 dues-paying
members in the U.S. and Canada, up from 157 in
2010. The number of women members has grown
from four in 2010 to 16 in 2016, and a new women’s
group met for the first time in April. The SSC mentorship program continues to expand. This spring
a year-round program was launched, matching 32
experienced chairs with more junior chairs, based
on a detailed survey of interested members.
The ACS Public Profile and Visibility team led an initiative to publicize the long-awaited findings from
the Flexibility In duty hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees (FIRST) Trial. The FIRST Trial showed
that allowing trainees to work longer shifts or take
less time off between shifts is not associated with a
greater likelihood of patient morbidity or mortality.
FIRST Trial results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in February and presented
concurrently at the 2016 Academic Surgical Congress
in Jacksonville, FL.
On May 17, the ACGME announced that it was
issuing a multicenter research trial waiver, along with
seed funding, to the FIRST Trial for the 2016−2017
Another major initiative of the Division of Integrated Communications this past year has been
collaboration with the COT to create Bleedingcontrol.
org, discussed previously in this article. The website
provides visitors with immediate access to instruction to stop bleeding until first responders can arrive.
Efforts are under way to transition Bulletin
readers from the print version to online only. To make
your online reading experience more enjoyable,
this past year we introduced more user-friendly versions of the Bulletin. Each month, members receive
an e-mail alerting them when the new issue is available online and featuring a link that takes them to the