EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
the existing Committee on Trauma (COT) Regions—
Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.
Region Chiefs are responsible for facilitating interaction between Governors and ACS chapters within their
territory and for assisting in the development of new
chapters. Clearly, chapters in other areas of the world
would benefit from this type of leadership, and expansion efforts are under consideration.
To improve communication between the international chapters and the ACS leadership, each of the four
regions now participates in the online ACS Communities. Topics of discussion in these communities have
run the gamut from questions about specialty surgery
to notices about upcoming international regional meetings, including a recent meeting of the European chapters, which took place in Lisbon, Portugal.
Among its other achievements, the Chapter Activities International Workgroup has collaborated with
the Chapter Activities Domestic Workgroup to launch
the Chapter Partner Program. This program allows
surgeons around the world to meet, collaborate, and
strengthen their relationships under the ACS banner.
With leadership from Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS,
Director, the ACS Division of Education encourages
International Fellows to participate in the Clinical Congress, and, as noted earlier, the IRC offers a
number of scholarships to this end. For those international surgeons who can devote neither the time
nor money to the annual journey, we offer a variety
of webcast packages.
In addition, International Fellows are eligible for
discounted subscriptions to Selected Readings in Gen-
eral Surgery (SRGS®). Published eight times a year,
SRGS comprises summaries of articles published in
the world’s most prominent medical journals and per-
taining to the most relevant topics in general surgery,
including breast, colorectal, and biliary tract diseases.
SRGS can be accessed on any mobile device.
Likewise, surgeons everywhere can use their
digital devices to access the Surgical Education and
Self-Assessment Program (SESAP®). Now in its 16th edition, SESAP uses a robust process of self-evaluation in
a supportive environment to help surgeons evaluate
and maintain their clinical competence and expand
I recently had the privilege of participating in
another educational program that has taken on an
international presence: the ACS Surgery Review
Course in Thessaloniki, Greece, which the Greek
Chapter of the ACS presented with leadership from
Dimitrios Linos, MD, PhD, FACS, ACS Governor. The
Lebanon Chapter also has presented the course with
leadership from ACS Governor Jamal J. Hoballah, MD,
MBA, FACS, and it was offered at a joint meeting of
the Australasian chapters.
Quality improvement is of utmost concern to health
care professionals in every nation. The ACS leadership
has been spreading the word about how ACS Quality Programs, led by Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS,
FACS, have been successfully implemented in the U.S.
to reduce complications and health care spending
through its Inspiring Quality initiative. This message
has been warmly received outside of the U.S. as well,
with many international surgeons expressing interest
in participating in the ACS National Surgical Quality
Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). The College is
working to adapt the programs to their needs.
International ACS NSQIP participants have access
to the ACS NSQIP Surgical Risk Calculator to assist
in medical decision making and to track their cases
More recently, the ACS B/R formed four workgroups under the
leadership of then-Chair of the B/R Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS,
with the overall goal of developing strategic plans for expanding
the College’s international activities. These panels are focused
on Membership, Education, Quality Programs, and Surgical
Capacity Building and are now working under the umbrella
of an ad hoc Regental Committee on Global Engagement.