The Excelsior Surgical Society presented to the ACS this plaque containing two flags flown by the 772nd Forward Surgical Team
at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq (left), and the 555th Forward Surgical Team at Camp Brown, Kandahar, Afghanistan (right).
Panelists highlighted progress made over the past
year of the partnership, including:
• Efforts to expand the ACS National Surgical
Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®)
to additional military hospitals by 2016,
including development of an ACS NSQIP tool
kit to help hospitals implement the program,
initiate improvement, and establish systems
and culture to sustain improvement over time.
• Work with the ACS Committee on Trauma
to capture lessons learned from wars
of the past decade and establish lasting systems
that can be readily deployed in times of war.
• Revival of the Excelsior Surgical Society,
a group for military surgeons formed after
World War II. The new Excelsior Surgical
Society held its first meeting in 2015, and
planning for a 2016 annual meeting has begun.
Over the coming years, additional efforts
will focus on creating an “optimal resources”
book for military trauma, similar to the ACS
Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient
book created for private sector trauma centers.
Other efforts will include partnering with the
ACS Division of Education to share education
and training resources and identify the best
way to prepare new military surgeons to serve
in combat. The latter may include partnerships
with high-volume private sector trauma centers
across the U.S.
“Our number one priority is to sustain the lessons
learned by the men and women who put themselves
in harm’s way,” said Jay Johannigman, MD, FACS,
Eric Elster, MD, FACS, Bethesda, MD, professor
and chair, department of surgery at USU and
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,
and Military Health System Strategic Partnership
American College of Surgeons Executive
“We can’t wait five or 10 years
to be prepared. We need to
be prepared tomorrow.”