Sadly, the launch of this project proved to be all-too timely. January and February 2017 were marked
by a flare of anti-Semitic activity, with numerous acts
of targeted vandalism and violent crime. In addition,
more than 100 bomb threats to JCCs (two to ours, in
Rochester) and other Jewish education organizations
across the U. S. and Canada had been made as of press
time, each resulting in evacuation and a full search of
the facilities. Fortunately, no bombs were ever found,
and an active Federal Bureau of Investigation review
is under way.
Make a difference
As acts of violence become more commonplace and
as our nation debates whether this trend is attributable to too many or too few firearms, this program
transcends politics and ideology. It is a golden opportunity for surgeons across the country to step up and
bring critical, potentially lifesaving knowledge to their
communities; to dispel misinformation; and to teach
critical skills that hopefully will never require use.
Implementing the Stop the Bleed program is proving to be one of the most satisfying and gratifying
endeavors of my career. However, while I have been
repeatedly thanked for this work, I truly believe that
such thanks are largely undeserved and that my work
is simply a fulfillment of a shared obligation that we
all have to do our part in improving our communities. The real thanks should go to the College, and to
Dr. Jacobs in particular, for creating and promoting
such a visionary program that will surely save countless lives.
Finally, of the numerous ACS activities that I have
participated in, this program makes me most proud of
my Fellowship in the College and of the amazing work
that our organization does on behalf of our patients.
It is my sincere hope that other surgeons also will be
inspired to teach this course in their own communities
and that these skills will never be tested. ♦
This program transcends politics and
ideology. It is a golden opportunity for
surgeons across the country to step up
and bring critical, potentially lifesaving
knowledge to their communities...
and to teach critical skills that
hopefully will never require use.
Dr. Moalem and Arnie Sohinki, JCC executive director
V102 No 6 BULLETIN American College of Surgeons
Stop the Bleed
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