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NC-ACS August 2018 eNews

Dr. Fredrick L. Greene Named Southeastern Surgical Congress (SESC) 2018 Distinguished Service Award Winner

 Frederick L. Greene, MD was bestowed the Southeastern Surgical Society (SESC) 2018 Distinguished Service Award at the SESC 2018 Annual Meeting.  The Distinguished Service Award is the SESC’s most prestigious honor awarded to a member for his/her continued contributions, commitment and service to the Congress.

Dr. Greene is a renowned surgical educator whose roots in service tie back to his time as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Medical Corps, his years as a surgeon aboard the USS Nimitz as well as an attending surgeon at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. Dr. Greene went on to serve as a member of the surgical faculty at the University of South Carolina for 17 years before joining the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC for 15 years. Dr. Greene is currently the Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of North Carolina, where he has educated trainees for the past 18 years.

Dr. Greene’s legacy goes beyond the operating room, with over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 30 book chapters, two textbooks, participation on numerous editorial boards and role as Editor of General Surgery News. His contributions to the field of surgery have added significant value to SESC’s mission of supporting professional development and educational opportunities.

NC-ACS and NC-COT Took Stop the Bleed to Raleigh!

NC-ACS and NC-COT sponsored a very successful Advocacy Day on May 23, 2018. The event featured Stop The Bleed (STB) training on the NC Legislative Building campus where over 200 people were introduced to STB. NC-ACS partnered with NC-COT to seek funding for STB kits and training for all NC public schools. As a result of this initiative, the NC General Assembly funded a pilot program to equip and train all the schools in Transylvania County, NC with STB. Hopefully, in 2019 funding will be appropriated to equip all NC schools with STB kits and training.  NC-ACS is fortunate to have a member serving in the North Carolina House of Representatives, Representative Gregory F. Murphy, MD, FACS.  Dr. Murphy has been instrumental in this project. 
Another Advocacy Day is in the planning stages for 2019, so watch your email for more information and come join us in Raleigh. 

NC-ACS Past President Dr. Anthony Charles Honored 

Anthony Charles, MD, MPH, FACS, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC was presented with the President’s Gavel Award for his distinguished and unselfish service as the 2017-2018 President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (NC-ACS).  The presentation was made by incoming NC-ACS President, David Wayne Grantham, MD, FACS, Pinehurst Surgical, Pinehurst, NC on July 15, 2018 at the conclusion of the NC/SC ACS Joint Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC.
For a complete list of the NC-ACS Officers and Board Members, please click here.

Winners of NC-ACS Resident Paper Competitions Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the North Carolina Resident Commission on Cancer Paper Competition and the Resident Trauma Paper Competition held during the NC/SC – ACS Annual Meeting, July 13, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Commission on Cancer Paper Competition
First Place – William Lyman, MD – Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
Using Deep Learning (Artificial Intelligence) to Determine the Malignant Potential of Pancreatic Cystic Neoplasms With Preoperative CT Scans
Second Place – Angela Kao, MD – Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy: 18-Year Single Institution Experience
Third Place – Amanda Sergesketter, MD – Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Does the Biology and Prognosis of Breast Atypia Vary By Race/Ethnicity?

Trauma Paper Competition
First Place – Anglea Kao, MD - Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
Trauma Recidivism and Mortality Following Violent Injuries in Young Adults
Second Place - Megan Lundy, MD – Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
Augmented Pharmacokinetics of Vancomycin in Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury
Third Place – Michael Arnold, MD – Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
Redefining Minimal Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI): a Novel CT Criteria to Predict

The Brody School of Medicine at ECU SIG Featured in ACS Medical Student News

Congratulations to The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University Surgery Interest Group (ECU-SIG) which was recently featured in the American College of Surgeons Medical Student News.
Under the mentorship of its founder, Dr. Walter J. Pories, the Charles G. Rob Student Surgical Society (CGRSSS) at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine completely changed its programmatic focus to concentrate on mentorship, leadership, and the creation of a team dynamic between the students and residents.  Click here to read the complete article. 

YFA Seeks Mentors for 2018 ACS Clinical Congress

The Young Fellows Association would like to invite you to consider participating as a mentor in the one-hour speed mentoring session at Clinical Congress this year.   

Here are the details:

Name of Event:  Speed Mentoring Program,
Date and Time:  4:00 - 5:00 pm, Tuesday, October, 23, 2018
Location:  Boston Westin Waterfront, Harbor Ballroom III, Harbor Wing - Conference Level
Topics you might mentor in:
  • Finding a Job + Negotiating a Contract
  • Academic Career + Private Practice
  • Work-life Balance + Surgeon and Parenting
  • How to get Involved in ACS + How to Develop Leadership Skills
  • How to Handle Burnout + How To Negotiate Conflict or a Difficult Work Situation
 Here's where to sign up:  (by Aug 31)


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NC/SC – ACS Joint Annual Meeting 2019

ABS Accepting Nominations for At-Large Director

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) is accepting nominations for one or more at-large director positions. The role of the at-large directors is to represent surgeons from outside of academia. Successful candidates will be active in the practice of surgery and work in a community or rural setting in private or non-academic practice. The ABS seeks excellent, knowledgeable surgeons who are highly regarded by their colleagues, who participate in committees, boards and local leadership at the hospital or elsewhere, who have excellent communication skills, and who are models of professionalism.

Nominations may come from peers, local or national surgical or medical organizations, hospital staff, or by self-nomination.

All directors of the American Board of Surgery must:
  • Be certified by the American Board of Surgery for at least five years.
  • Be meeting the requirements of the ABS Continuous Certification Program, and continue to meet these requirements throughout their term.
  • Be able to complete a six-year term before reaching the age of 65 (DOB after July 1, 1960), as per ABS bylaws.
  • Attend the June 2019 Board meeting, June 22-25, 2019.
  • Commit to approximately 24 days of volunteer work with the Board each year for six years, including participation in two semi-annual board meetings, three oral examinations and various committee meetings.
Participation in local leadership in the form of committee membership or board participation at the local hospital or elsewhere is an expectation. Training residents or medical students is not required or expected, and should represent only a small portion of professional time.

Nominations for this position will be accepted from now until Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Nominees, including self-nominated applicants, should submit their curriculum vitae along with a letter of interest containing the information requested below. All nominations/applications and related inquiries should be sent to Sponsors should include a letter of recommendation of no more than one page addressing the qualifications noted below. Self-nominations do not need a sponsor for this initial application.

A short list of candidates will be asked for additional information including two references. Final selections will be made by the board of directors in January 2019.

Information to be included in the letter of interest:
  1. Describe your current surgical practice situation, i.e., type of practice, geographic location, solo/partnership/group, etc.
  2. List any experiences you have had in activities of the American Board of Surgery, e.g., question writing or participation in oral examinations as an associate examiner.
  3. Describe your experience with hospital, committee (medical or non-medical) or board participation.
  4. In one paragraph, describe how your background and expertise can contribute to the activities and mission of the ABS.
  5. The work of an at-large director of the ABS requires approximately 24 days per year away from home to attend two ABS Board meetings, three Certifying Examinations and various committee meetings, in addition to conference calls and work off-site. Please acknowledge your willingness to meet this time commitment.

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