Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), ACS Immediate Past-President
participate in MIPS in a way that
best fits their practice environment.
An emphasis on providing
quality care will continue to be a top
priority for the ACS, and Dr. Hoyt
outlined several ongoing initiatives,
such as a surgical quality manual
currently in development; ACS
support of the American Society
of Anesthesiologists perioperative
surgical home model of health
care delivery; the development of
guidelines for the perioperative
care of geriatric patients; and ACS
collaborative efforts with the Strong
for Surgery project, which identifies
evidence-based practices to optimize
the health of patients before surgery.
Challenges presented by these
and other new quality initiatives
are best met by surgeons who
embody the characteristics of
strong leadership, Dr. Hoyt said. It
is up to surgeons to take the lead on
important issues in order to propel
the profession into the future.
The fifth annual Leadership
& Advocacy Summit will take
place April 9–12, 2016, at the J W
Marriott in Washington, DC. ♦
tackle the problems and challenges that we face, both the expected and
the unforeseen. This is critical to the concept of teams and teamwork,
the structure and function of which will be an important part of any
successful effort to navigate the vast number of professional changes.
The summit, culminating with the congressional visits on Capitol
Hill, was a powerful experience illustrating the influence and success
that we can have when we organize and work together. What prevailed
during the meetings of our group from Massachusetts with our
congressional delegation was a general receptiveness and genuine interest
in learning what surgeons and the American College of Surgeons do,
what we stand for, and on which issues we advocate. I was impressed with
the staff members’ level of understanding and command of the issues, as
well as the general support for our views. I was fortunate and honored
to meet Rep. Seth Moulton (D), freshman representative from the
Massachusetts 6th District. I thanked him for his support of the Medicare
Access and CHIP [Children’s Health Insurance Plan] Reauthorization Act
of 2015 and the repeal of the sustainable growth rate, and I introduced
him to some other important issues on behalf of the College.
Where will you be?
If you keep quiet because you think your voice does not matter or that
you will not be heard, then you will be proven right. If you do not
get involved because you think that you will not make a difference,
you won’t. Only by speaking up can you have the chance to be
heard. Only by becoming involved will you have a chance to make
a difference. You may be met with indifference or skepticism, even
outright opposition. Your audience may be small. The impact of your
efforts may seem insignificant. But if you speak, if you act, you can
have an effect. Even a small impact matters. It only takes one or two
others to hear you speak or to observe your actions to follow your lead
and magnify your efforts. The ideas spread; the effect grows. When
that happens, you have become a person of influence and a leader.
This is why I was there. This is why all of us were
there. This is why next time, you should be there, too.
Will you be in Washington, DC, next April? ♦
A FELLOW’S PERSPECTIVE, CONTINUED