Respondents’ general perceptions
U.S. surgeons accounted for 81 percent of
the respondents to the 2016 ACS Governors Survey, Canadian surgeons accounted
for 5 percent, and international surgeons for
14 percent. Specialists made up 50 percent of
survey respondents, 14 percent were general
surgeons, and 36 percent identified as both
(see Figure 1, this page).
With respect to practice type, 49 percent
of the respondents were in full academic
practice, 23 percent in private practice, and
15 percent were hospital employed; the rest
were employed at government agencies or
other institutions. Most ACS Governors
(84 percent) work in academic institutions or
community hospitals with more than 250 beds.
In all, 68 percent of the respondents indicated
that they work in hospitals that have an acute
care surgery service (see Figure 2, this page).
Of the respondents who work at a hospital that has an acute care surgery program,
79 percent indicated that the acute care surgery program had been in place for at least
five years. However, only 26 percent of the
surgeons who participated in an acute care
surgery program were full-time acute care
surgeons (see Figure 3, this page).
Of the surgeons who served on an acute
care surgery service, most had little or no
formal training ( 23 percent and 46 percent,
respectively) in acute care surgery.
FIGURE 1. SUMMARY OF SURVEY
RESPONDENTS BY CAREER CATEGORY
FIGURE 2. RESPONDENTS WHO
WORK AT A FACILITY WITH ACUTE
CARE SURGERY SERVICE
FIGURE 3. SURGEON MIX WITHIN
ACUTE CARE SURGERY SERVICES