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NC-ACS eNews January 2020

Winston-Salem Trauma Surgeon Dr. J. Wayne Meredith is New President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons

Dr. J. Wayne Meredith
J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM, an esteemed trauma, thoracic, and critical care surgeon from Winston-Salem, N.C., has been elected to serve as the 2019–2020 President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Dr. Meredith’s election was announced October 30, at the conclusion of the ACS Clinical Congress in San Francisco, Calif. He will be installed for a one-year term as ACS President in October 2020 during the Convocation ceremony that precedes the opening of the next ACS Clinical Congress in Chicago.
Dr. Meredith is the Richard T. Myers Professor and Chairman, department of surgery, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, and chair of surgery at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Dr. Meredith joined the faculty of Wake Forest University Health Sciences in 1987. In his years of service at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Dr. Meredith has taken on leadership roles. He was director of surgical sciences through June 2014 and appointed surgeon-in-chief of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in July of this year.

In addition to serving as the Richard T. Myers Professor and Chair, he has served 10 years as residency program director, department of surgery, Wake Forest School of Medicine. Along with serving as medical director of The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, Dr. Meredith holds a cross-appointment at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, as well as a joint appointment as professor of pediatrics, department of pediatrics.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) since 1990, Dr. Meredith has devoted much of his expertise and energy to ACS trauma-related activities. He served as the Medical Director of ACS Trauma Programs (2006–2010) and Chair of the Committee on Trauma (COT) (2002–2006). He has chaired the COT’s National Trauma Data Bank Ad Hoc Committee (1997–2002), the Trauma Registry Subcommittee (1994–2002), and continues to serve on the Verification, Review, and Consultation Committee (1996–present). In addition, he has been a liaison member of the Program Committee (2002–2006), a member of the national faculty for Advanced Trauma Life Support® (2002–present), and the ACS COT representative to the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Trauma, Burns, and Critical Care Advisory Council (2005–2006).

Dr. Meredith is an ACS Governor at-Large (2017−present) and serves on the Board of Governors Surgical Training Workgroup. He previously served on the Health Policy Advisory Council (2018).

Furthermore, Dr. Meredith has played a significant role in state-level ACS activities since joining the North Carolina Chapter of the ACS in 1991. He has served as a member of the chapter’s Board of Directors (1994–present), as a member (1991–present) and Chair (1991–1997) of the North Carolina COT, and North Carolina Chapter President (2005).

The College honored Dr. Meredith for his contributions to the ACS with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award (DSA), the College’s highest honor. The Board of Regents of the ACS presented the DSA to Dr. Meredith in appreciation of “his continuous and devoted service as a Fellow” and “in recognition of his distinctive scientific contributions in cardiovascular physiology during resuscitation, trauma registries, and trauma systems.”

In addition to his previously noted service in leadership roles in ACS Trauma Programs, Dr. Meredith has been active in the field in various capacities both nationally and globally. He has been named a visiting professor or named lecturer at more than 20 institutions around the world, from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Quito, Ecuador. He is author or coauthor of more than 170 scientific publications, more than 20 book chapters, and one textbook, Trauma: Contemporary Principles and Therapy. Dr. Meredith’s research interests include thoracic trauma, the biomechanics of crash injury, injury severity measures, and trauma systems development. Over the course of his career, he has been awarded 10 grants for various trauma research studies. He is the principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health grant for Integrative Training in Trauma and Regenerative Medicine, as well as a joint project with Wake Forest School of Medicine and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that established a Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network Center of Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, Blacksburg.

Dr. Meredith has held leadership roles in many other professional organizations including president of many surgical professional societies: the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the Eastern Association for the Surgery on Trauma, the Halsted Society, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the Southern Surgical Association. He has held multiple other leadership positions, including service as director of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Nakayama Elected New ACS Treasurer

New Officers of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) were elected at the October 30 Annual Meeting of the Members. NC-ACS’s own Don K. Nakayama, MD, MBA, FACS, a pediatric surgeon from Chapel Hill, NC, will replace William G. Cioffi, Jr., MD, FACS, as Treasurer.

Dr. Nakayama is clinical professor, division of pediatric surgery, department of surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. An ACS Fellow since 1990, he has also been active in the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery (2013−2017) and the B/G (2011−2013), serving on the Governors Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College (2012−2013) and Committee to Restructure B/G Committees (2012−2013). Dr. Nakayama has been Chair of the History and Archives Committee (formerly the Surgical History Group) since 2016.

Sign Up Now for 2020 Advocacy Day

Save the Date! April 22, 2020 NC-ACS & NC-COT Advocacy Day
Advocacy Day
On April 22, 2020, NC Surgeons will again meet in Raleigh for the 2020 NC-ACS & NC-COT Advocacy Day.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with your local legislators and be heard on the issues that most affect your practice and your patients.

Again NC-ACS & NC-COT will partner with the North Carolina Medical Society’s White Coat Wednesday Program.
The schedule for the day is as follows:

8:00 – 8:30 am – Arrive at the NC Medical Society Office Building at 222 North Person Street, Raleigh, NC (there is plenty of parking)

8:30 – 9:00 am – Lite breakfast and morning briefing on current issues

9:30 – 11:30 am – Walk over to the Legislative Office Building to meet one-to-one with your legislators, attend one of the Health Committee Meetings.

11:00am – 2:00pm – Stop the Bleed on Halifax Mall
Don’t forget to register

And mark your calendar NOW!

Call for Abstracts Now Open—Submit by February 2, 2020

2020 Quality and Safety Conference
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has issued a call for abstracts to be presented at its 2020 Quality and Safety Conference, July 24–27, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 2, 2020.

Individuals at participating sites are encouraged to submit a 250-word abstract for poster and/or podium presentation. The abstract should relate to surgical quality improvement initiatives including the development, implementation, or validation of best practices within one or more of the following ACS Quality Programs:
  • ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®)
  • ACS Children’s Surgery Verification and ACS NSQIP Pediatric
  • Cancer Programs, including the Commission on Cancer (CoC), National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancers (NAPRC), and the Clinical Research Program (CRP)
  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
  • Trauma Quality Programs, including Pediatrics, Verification, Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP), and Performance Improvement and Patient Safety
Abstracts will undergo a peer-review process that will focus on the following criteria:
  • Quality and originality of the work
  • Significance and applicability to improving surgical care
  • Relevance to quality improvement and best practices
  • Completed research
  • Clarity of writing
  • Primary author's availability to attend the conference
  • Abstract submissions close February 2, 2020
  • Acceptance notices sent May 1, 2020
Instructions and Guidelines

All health care professionals, including surgeons, nurses, residents, trainees, operational experts, and leadership affiliated with the aforementioned ACS Quality Programs, are invited to submit a 250-word abstract to be considered for podium and/or poster presentation. There is an option to request poster presentation only. The primary author is expected to present his or her work at the conference if the abstract is accepted. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate co-presenters.

Please note. Abstracts that have been submitted or recently presented at other meetings are eligible for presentation at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference. In the view of the ACS, previous presentation of a paper does not prohibit the presentation or publication of the material at the Quality and Safety Conference.

There is no limit for abstract submissions per primary author and/or coauthor. Abstract acceptance is conditional upon registration and payment of applicable registration fees. Mandatory poster and presentation slide templates and guidelines will be sent after acceptance.

Only two images (including tables) may be embedded per abstract. Only one table attachment per abstract may be submitted. Files must be in .jpg or .png format. Other file types will not be accepted.

Abstract Competitions

Best Trainee Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all medical students and medical/surgical trainees.
Presenting an abstract at the 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference is one way to demonstrate the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's (ACGME's) Scholarly Activity program
Geriatric Surgery Verification

Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Program presents 32 new surgical standards (2 of which are optional) designed to systematically improve surgical care and outcomes for the aging adult population. The standards provide a framework for hospitals to take an interdisciplinary approach to continuously optimize surgical care for older adults.

With support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the standards were collaboratively developed by the ACS Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery Project, composed of more than 50 stakeholder organizations representing the needs of older patients and families, advocacy and regulatory groups, health care professionals, and multiple medical and surgical specialties.

Click here to get started.

Call for Abstracts and Videos for Clinical Congress 2020

The call for abstracts and videos for Clinical Congress 2020, October 4–8 in Chicago, IL, is now open. Start submitting abstracts and videos today.

Abstracts or videos may be submitted for the following Clinical Congress programs:

Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum
The Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum offers researchers the opportunity to present the results of their original, basic science, clinical, education, health sciences, and translational research. 
Learn more

Video-Based Education Sessions
The Video-Based Education Sessions aims to educate surgeons and members of surgical teams in order to improve the care of the surgical patient, as well as safeguard the standards of care in an optimal practice environment. 
Learn more

History of Surgery Poster Session
The History of Surgery Poster Session offers surgical history enthusiasts the opportunity to present on subjects of interest related to the history of the field of surgery and its subspecialties.
Learn more

Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020 11:59 pm (CST)
Please note: The committees do not accommodate or consider late abstract submissions.

ACS Resources for the Practicing Surgeon, Volume II: The Private Practice Surgeon

ACS Resources for the Practicing Surgeon, Volume II: The Private Practice Surgeon provides an overview of various private practice business arrangements, financial management and revenue cycle processes, relevant health care laws and rules, and mechanisms to ensure the ongoing prosperity of a practice. Understanding these issues and how they could affect your career and your patients is critical to the successful establishment and maintenance of a private surgical practice. 
Click here to download. 

New Law: NC Medical Licensees Must Report Sexual Misconduct, Prescribing Misconduct

Effective Oct. 1, 2019 a new state law obligates licensees to report to the North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) any instances of sexual misconduct or prescribing misconduct by a person licensed by the Board. To assist licensees with fulfilling their duty to report, NCMB has created a new reporting form on the Board's website.

Specifically, licensees are required to report:

1. Any sexual misconduct by a licensee of the Board

2. Any fraudulent prescribing, drug diversion or theft of controlled substances by a licensee of the Board.

Medical professionals need not have definitive evidence of misconduct to make a report. The law specifies that licensed medical professionals should submit a report if they “reasonably believe” that misconduct has occurred. Licensees who report suspected misconduct in good faith are granted civil immunity.

NCMB has developed FAQs on the new reporting requirement and a resource page, found at, where licensees may read the text of the new law and access the new online reporting form.

2020 Joint NC/SC Annual Meeting

The 2020 Joint NC/SC Annual Meeting is scheduled for July 10-12, 2020. We are delighted to return to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and stay once again at the Marriott Resort and Spa – Grande Dunes.

The event will be packed full of opportunities for Continuing Medical Education, networking, and advancing the future of medicine in a relaxing, enjoyable setting.

Visit our event page for more information.

Resident Travel Award Opportunity

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is pleased to again offer a limited number of scholarships to Resident Members of the American College of Surgeons who are interested in attending the upcoming Leadership & Advocacy Summit, March 28–31, 2020, at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC. The ninth annual Summit is a dual meeting that offers volunteer leaders and advocates specialized educational sessions focused on effective surgeon leadership, interactive advocacy training, and coordinated visits to Congressional offices
The award will cover up to $500 in housing and transportation costs. Full details about the awards and how to apply can be found at the following link:

The deadline to apply is Friday, January 10, 2020.

It’s Time To Pay Your Dues!

Time to renew!

If you have already paid your North Carolina ACS dues for 2020, THANK YOU!  If you haven’t, why not click here and do it now. And ask your colleagues to join and support North Carolina ACS. We are stronger together.

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