Members of the ACRS are working with the ACS to
develop a system for locum tenens coverage for rural
hospitals on a national basis.
DISPATCHES FROM RURAL SURGEONS
Cancer patient care
One of the authors of this
article, ACRS member Michael
D. Sarap, MD, FACS, a surgeon
in Cambridge, OH, has been
working with leadership of
the Commission on Cancer
and the National Accreditation
Program for Breast Care. This
effort is aimed at making it
easier for lower volume rural
hospitals that provide quality
care to attain Commission on
Cancer accreditation, or at least
recognition, as well as to develop
methods for these hospitals
to measure their quality. 10
ACRS members have been
engaged in several efforts
to coordinate international
rural surgery activities.
Examples are as follows:
•ACRS member Nadine Caron,
MD, FACS, a surgeon at the
University of Northern British
Columbia, Prince George, has
been involved in numerous
programs in Canada to improve
the care of native populations.
•Dr. Hughes, as the ACRS Chair,
has traveled to New Zealand and
Scotland to participate in rural
•In 2016, Drs. Hughes and
Timmerman will participate in
the Royal Australasian College
of Surgeons annual meeting in
Brisbane, Australia. They will
discuss the subject of rural practice
in Australasia in an effort to
learn how each area of the world
responds to the challenges of rural
• The ACRS will support The Lancet
Commission on Global Surgery
as that project continues to move
Many members of the rural
surgical community across the
country have expressed great
appreciation for the College’s
commitment to support and
promote rural surgery. Members
of the ACRS will continue to
strive to fulfill its mission to
identify, investigate, and meet
the challenges associated with
rural surgical practice. ♦
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