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October 2021

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2021 GSACS Annual Meeting
Day of Trauma & Obesity Day

The GSACS 2021 Annual Meeting was held August 13-15, 2021 at the King & Prince Beach and Golf Resort, St. Simons Island, GA.
It was a great weekend of fellowship, education, and mentorship. 
Below are just some of the highlights.
Although delayed by a year, 2018-20 GSACS President Dr. Dennis Ashley was recognized for his distinguished service by 2020-22 GSACS President Dr. Howard Melton.
Two resident paper competitions were held.  Congratulations to the following winners!

General Surgery
1st Place
The Prevalence and Influence of Psychiatric Diagnoses on Bariatric Surgery Patients
Amanda Schaefer, BS
MCG at Augusta University
2nd Place
Robotic Parastomal Hernia Repair: A five-year retrospective single institution series
Nicole Redenius, DO
Northeast Georgia Medial Center

1st Place
Reduction of Opioid Utilization in Trauma: A Multimodal Approach
Will Hudson, MD
2nd Place Tie
Do all isolated traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhages need to be transferred to a level 1 trauma center?
Eric Forney, MD
Integration of Life Care Specialists into Orthopaedic Trauma Care: A Pilot Study
Jesse Silern
Emory University
Save the Date

Save the Date

2022 GSACS Annual Meeting
August 12-14, 2022
King & Prince Beach Resort
St. Simons Island, GA
#Talk It Up!

#Talk It Up!

Do you want to know more about how to approach a potentially difficult conversation with patients about the COVID-19 vaccine? Visit the ACS Talk It Up campaign website to view a guide to conversation that might spark some ideas. Also make sure to share short video PSAs from ACS and surgeon leaders on the importance of communicating with patients, including the most recent video from Amy Liepert, MD, FACS, medical director, acute care surgery, and associate professor of surgery, University of California San Diego Health.

Dr. Shaneeta Johnson Presented with SAGES Inaugural
Social Justice and Health Equity Award

Social Justice and Health Equity Award
Established in 2021, the SAGES Social Justice and Health Equity Award recognizes individuals who have worked to personally address healthcare inequities due to longstanding systemic racism and/or  social injustice. Through their actions these individuals have attempted to lessen the burden of differentially poor health outcomes in these impacted communities/regions.
Congratulations to Dr. Johnson!
ACS Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund

What is the ACS Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund?

The Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons (GSACS) has partnered with the American College of Surgeons Foundation to set up a special fund, the ACS Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund and all gifts to that fund will be held for use by GSACS.
GSACS may use the funds to cover the costs of any initiative that advances the mission of the American College of Surgeons.  ACS Fellows in Georgia who contribute to the ACS Foundation now have an opportunity to direct their gifts to Georgia surgeons and initiatives.  
All gifts to the American College of Surgeons Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund will be held by the American College of Surgeons Foundation (ACS Foundation) as restricted gifts for the benefit of the Georgia Chapter (Georgia Society of the America College of Surgeons). Potential uses of the Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund include but are not limited to:
  1. Scholarships.
  2. Educational grants to cover portions of travel and accommodation expenses to attend the ACS Clinical Congress and related national/international events.
  3. Research Scholarships and Fellowships.
  4. International Guest Scholarships
  5. Initiatives that advance the mission of the American College of Surgeons.
Anyone may donate to the ACS Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund. In addition, many employers offer a matching program for employees making charitable donations.
The American College of Surgeons Foundation is a 501C-3 nonprofit as established by the IRS.  This tax status means that donations towards the Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund are considered charitable contributions and are thus tax deductible.   Once said funds are received by the ACS Foundation they cannot be returned to the individual donor or chapter from which they were received. If the Fund is not utilized for a period of three years, then remaining funds shall be dispersed to the ACS General Fund.

How do I give to the Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund?

Giving to the ACS Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund is quite simple. Go online to the ACS Foundation site to start the process.  Under the Designation tab, select Chapter Programs Fund and directly under that at the Program Designation tab, type in Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund.  Follow the prompts after that to complete your gift. 
Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund

Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, Named New American College of Surgeons Executive Director

Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, has been named the next Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Dr. Turner begins her new role as Executive Director-elect today, and she will formally assume the role of Executive Director on January 1, 2022.

Dr. Turner, a general surgeon with minimally invasive expertise, succeeds trauma surgeon David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, who has held the College's top executive leadership position for more than a decade. She will work closely with Dr. Hoyt during a leadership transition process for the next three months. "Dr. Turner is eminently qualified to take the helm as the College's next Executive Director. She is a champion for issues that are of critical concern to surgeons and dedicated to developing clinical excellence and leadership qualities among surgeons in all practice settings," Dr. Hoyt said.  
"The American College of Surgeons Board of Regents unanimously selected Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, as the next Executive Director," said L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS Board of Regents. "Dr. Turner is an outstanding clinician, educator, and surgeon advocate who is an inspired choice to carry forward the College's momentum and lead its continued global growth."

"We are grateful to Dr. Hoyt for his visionary leadership, guidance, and unwavering commitment to the ACS for more than 40 years, including 12 as Executive Director," Dr. Levin continued. "He has left an indelible imprint on this organization, and Dr. Hoyt's strategic guidance and transformative programs will have a lasting impact."

As Director of the ACS Division of Member Services from 2011 to 2021, Dr. Turner pioneered transformative changes that serve the diverse and evolving needs of surgeons in the U.S. and internationally.

"I am honored to be named the next Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons, the largest organization serving all surgeons and all surgical specialties in the world," said Dr. Turner. "For more than 100 years, the ACS has focused on setting the highest standards and improving the quality of care for surgical patients. I look forward to continuing the College's legacy of innovative programs into the future."

In her role as Executive Director, Dr. Turner will be charged with continuing and increasing the College's impact on surgical innovation, quality, education, and research.

The ACS has long been a powerful voice for raising the standards of quality care—in surgery, and in its verification and accreditation programs—to deliver the best care for patients and in doing so, decreasing health care costs and enhancing patient outcomes. Dr. Turner will continue this critical work in her new position.

"We are guided by setting the standards that will enable the best patient care, and in this work, our quality programs are truly transformational," said Dr. Turner. "The pioneering ACS quality, verification, and accreditation programs provide us with unmatched experience in driving the best care for patients. We look forward to being a continued source of expertise in this area."

Dr. Turner remains dedicated to ensuring that surgeons are supported by the ACS in all practice settings, specialties, and stages of their careers, and that the ACS advocates for surgeons and the patients they serve. She has published and presented widely on minimally invasive surgical techniques, leadership, innovation, quality improvement, surgical outcomes, and graduate surgical education. Dr. Turner has received numerous awards, honors, and multiple grants for her research as a surgeon investigator throughout her career. A mother of two, Dr. Turner is committed to assuring that there are no artificial barriers to surgeons leading full and productive lives, both personally and professionally.

ACS Clinical Congress

ACS Clinical Congress

While encouraged by recent measures to reduce the incidence of COVID-19, we also recognize that this positive trajectory may not yet be a predictable one. Therefore, this year’s American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress will be a VIRTUAL event. Join us October 23–27 for Clinical Congress 2021. This virtual event offers important surgical education opportunities for medical professionals across all specialties and career stages.

Registration Is Open!

The Clinical Congress 2021 program addresses essential clinical and nonclinical content.
  • A compelling series of Named Lectures by world-renowned experts. 
  • Postgraduate Courses incorporating best practices in education and training. 
  • More than 105 Panel Sessions on timely, relevant subjects.
  • The Scientific Forum, featuring exciting surgical research presentations and ePosters.
Clinical Congress 2021 offers the opportunity to earn more than 200 Continuing Medical Education Credits until February 1, 2022. Some of these credits have been designated as potentially meeting state-specific CME requirements (Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates). American College of Surgeons Accreditation/Verification Program participants can find CME opportunities in the relevant content areas. 
Click Here to Register

Georgia Surgeons Take Prominent Role in 2021 Southeastern Surgical Congress (SESC)

Young Investigator Awardee
Sharks Winner
Click Here to View Dr. Sharma’s Lecture
Congratulations to Dr. Jahnavi Srinivasan the 2021 SESC Program Chair for an outstanding event!
SESC Call for Abstracts

SESC Call for Abstracts
Deadline Extended to October 15, 2021

Submit Abstract
Registration is Open for the Virtual 2021 TQIP Annual Conference

Registration is Open for the Virtual 2021 TQIP Annual Conference

Registration is open for the virtual 2021 ACS Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP®) Annual Conference, November 15–17. The time since the COVID-19 pandemic began has been a period of great change, and we look forward to providing a range of content for everyone in the trauma community with an emphasis on our conference theme of change management.
Join your fellow trauma medical directors, program managers, coordinators, and registrars from participating and prospective TQIP hospitals in this online venue to interact with key leaders from trauma centers around the country, and to network with fellow trauma professionals and share best practices.

For more information and to register, visit the 2021 TQIP Annual Conference website.
2021 GSACS Dues

Did You Forget?
2021 GSACS Dues

The COVID-19 pandemic upset many routines, and perhaps paying your 2021 Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons dues slipped your mind. Not to worry! You can do it now online. Click on the button below and use your ACS ID number to pay your dues for 2021. 

Thank you!
Pay Your Dues & Renew Your Membership
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