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GSACS eNews January 2019

January 14, 2019

GCMB to begin disciplining physicians who haven’t registered with PDMP  

The Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB) says that it will take disciplinary action against prescribing physicians who have failed to register with the Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

The Georgia PDMP requirements went into effect on July 1, 2018 which means that every prescriber who has a DEA number is now required to check the PDMP before they prescribe opiates or cocaine derivatives that are listed as Schedule II drugs or benzodiazepines.

State law allows prescribers to delegate their authority to check the PDMP to up to two staff members.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), delegates may “only use PDMP data for the purpose of providing medical care or to inform the prescriber of a patient’s potential use, misuse, abuse or underutilization of a prescribed medication.”

PDMP delegates must be 1) a licensed dentist, dental hygienist, optometrist, physician, physician’s assistant or podiatrist (under Title 43 of the state code) or 2) a licensed pharmacist or pharmacist intern or registered as a pharmacist technician (under Title 26 of the state code) or they must 3) complete the following…
  • Pass the online “Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Database: Understanding Your Responsibilities” training course with a score of at least 70
  • Receive instruction on the prescriber or dispenser’s PDMP security policy
  • Sign a DPH ‘responsibility statement’ that must be placed in the delegate’s personnel file
It is also worth noting that individuals who have been convicted (i.e., pleaded guilty or nolo contendere) of any criminal offense involving illegal drug use, possession, trafficking or sale is not eligible to serve as a PDMP delegate. However, individuals who have been exonerated (i.e., they were discharged pursuant to Title 42, Chapter 8, Article 3 of the state code or pardoned) are eligible to serve as a PDMP delegate.  
Call 404.463.1517 with questions related to PDMP registration.

Click here for details on Georgia PDMP registration.

Injury Prevention Day at the Capitol

The Georgia Society of the American College Surgeons and the Georgia Trauma Foundation invite you to join us once again at the Georgia State Capitol for Injury Prevention Awareness Day in Georgia on February 13, 2019!
Please remember to RSVP so that we can have a packet of information available for you.

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am Briefing
    Coverdell Legislative Office Building
  • 10:00  am - 11:30 am Working the "Rope Line"/ Resolution on IP Day in Georgia
    Georgia State Capitol
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Injury Prevention Luncheon
    Blue Room, Georgia Freight Depot
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Display of Injury Prevention Programs In Georgia
    Georgia State Capitol, South Wing


Fellowship Opportunity to Attend 2019 ACS Leadership/Advocacy Summit
Are you interested in attending the 2019 American College of Surgeons Leadership and Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, March 30-April 2, 2019? 
The Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons GSACS is seeking applicants for its annual Leadership Fellowships.
Every year GSACS provides a Fellowship opportunity for a Surgical Resident and a Young Surgeon (within 5 years of residency completion) to attend the ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. (March 30 – April 2, 2019). The 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.
Surgical Residents and Young Surgeons that are members of GSACS may apply for this fellowship by submitting a letter via email to, detailing how they believe attending the ACS Leadership/Advocacy Summit will impact their career in surgery. The Fellowship provides $1500 to cover the costs of transportation, lodging and registration to attend the Summit. All applicants must be available AND attend all events at the Summit including the Congressional visits on Tuesday, April 2nd, attend the 2019 GSACS Annual Meeting August 16-18, 2019 and submit a report to the GSACS Leadership following the Summit.
The deadline for GSACS Leadership Fellowship Applications is February 1, 2019 with winners notified by February 15, 2019.

ACS 2019  Leadership & Advocacy Summit

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host the eighth annual Leadership and Advocacy Summit, March 30–April 2, 2019 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The Summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provides ACS members, leaders and advocates with topics focused on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to congressional offices.

Reasons to Attend in 2019

The Leadership Summit will offer compelling speakers addressing key topics in surgical leadership. A portion of the event will be dedicated to sharing ACS Chapter success stories and working to identify strategies to enhance and strengthen chapters. Your leadership makes a difference.
The Advocacy Summit will highlight several legislative priorities the College is pursuing on your behalf, and will bring together ACS members to develop their advocacy skills, learn about health policy priorities, and participate in meetings with members of Congress and their staffs.
When attending the Summit, plan to be in Washington, DC, to
  • Advocate to improve surgical patient care
  • Engage influential decision makers
  • Connect with ACS leaders and learn how to become more involved
  • Lead discussions on innovative ways to face leadership and surgical challenges
  • Enhance your leadership and mentoring skills by attending professional development sessions
Register Today!

Dr. Marinez Quinones Wins Region IV Resident Trauma Paper Competition

The North Carolina Committee on Trauma (NC-COT) hosted the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) Region IV Resident Trauma Paper Competition, November 3, 2018 in Charlotte, NC.

Congratulations to Patricia Martinez Quinones, MD, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, for winning the Basic Science Category of the competition with her work, “N-Formyl Peptide Mediated Vascular Endothelium Barrier Dysfunction in Sepsis and Trauma-Induced Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome is Improved with Deformylase”.


GSACS 2019 Annual Meeting


GSACS 2019 Annual Meeting


August 16-18, 2019  


King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort
St. Simons Island, GA

The GSACS meeting is “family friendly” and the King & Prince Resort has something for everyone, so DO NOT MISS IT.

The GSACS Education Committee is working on a stellar program and if you have a topic to suggest, email it ASAP to

Want to be part of the Georgia ACS Committee on Applicants?

The Committees on Applicants (COA) are the local interviewing committees of the College. Each committee is responsible for investigating, interviewing, and evaluating the applicants for Fellowship in their local area and for providing the College with a recommendation as to each applicant’s eligibility for Fellowship.
Georgia has four COA districts (please see the map below) with a Chair for each district.
  • District 1 – Dr. Virginia Shaffer
  • District 2 – Dr. Benjamin Christie
  • District 3 – Dr. James Dunne
  • District 4 – Dr. Barry Jenkins
There are opening for membership in all the districts.  If you are interested in serving, please email the GSACS office at

For more information about the COA and duties, click here.

Participate in ACS Survey on Intimate
Partner Violence

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Task Force recently invited U.S. members of the College to participate in a brief, anonymous survey. The feedback received through the survey will help the ACS IPV Task Force to gauge members’ understanding of the issue and to identify resources needed to address IPV in the surgical health care community. Participation in this brief, 11-question survey should take only a few minutes of your time and will help advance many of the ACS IPV Task Force’s initiatives. The deadline to participate is January 18.
The ACS Intimate Partner Violence Task Force was formed in 2018 and is co-chaired by Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, Immediate Past-President of the ACS, and Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director of the ACS Division of Member Services. The mission of the ACS IPV Task Force is to raise awareness of the incidence of IPV in the surgical community; educate surgeons to recognize the signs and consequences of IPV in themselves and their colleagues; provide resources for survivors, including prevention and escape strategies; and create resources and curricula in partnership with other national professional and educational organizations to instruct surgeons to recognize IPV in colleagues and trainees.

Take the survey now.

This survey is anonymous, and you are not required to answer every question. The ACS Intimate IPV Task Force only will be use the data in the aggregate to determine the types of resources needed for the surgical community to address IPV.

ACS Quality and Safety Conference
- Save the Date

July 19–22, 2019 | Washington, DC

Mark your calendars for the 2019 ACS Quality and Safety Conference, July 19–22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Call for Abstracts Now Open

Submit by February 1, 2019

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has issued a call for abstracts. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 1, 2019.

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) and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
  • 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
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 ACS, previous presentation of a paper does not prohibit the presentation or publication of the material at the Quality and Safety Conference.

 Submit today.


Any inquiries may be directed to or 312-202-5319

New ACS Community to replace ACS
Surgery News

A new community, ACS Emerging News, will launch in January 2019 in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Communities to replace ACS Surgery News, which ceased publication with the December 2018 issue. Karen E. Deveney, MD, FACS, and Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, co-editors of ACS Surgery News, will lead the new community. Dr. Hughes also is editor-in-chief of ACS Communities.

The co-editors, along with members of the former ACS Surgery News editorial board, will provide useful summaries of recent meetings and presentations they have attended, as well as keep members posted on the latest in the major surgery journals. Readers are invited to comment on or ask questions about the articles.

Whereas ACS Surgery News' primary readership consists of general surgeons, ACS members who currently subscribe to the General Surgery community e-mails—more than 16,000 members—have been auto-subscribed to ACS Emerging News. All members of the College are welcome to join, however, and may opt out at any time.
Visit the ACS Communities to view this and all communities. And don’t forget to join the GSACS Community too!
Do you participate in #SurgTweeting? Don’t forget to follow GSACS on Twitter at @GaSACS.  Follow and mention us in your tweets! We will retweet! We are also on Facebook and LinkedIn

It’s Time To Pay Your Dues!

If you have already paid your GSACS dues for 2019, THANK YOU! If you haven’t, why not click here and do it now. And ask your colleagues to join and support GSACS. We are stronger together.

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