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GSACS eNews April 2018

April 16, 2018

Department of Public Health Reminding Prescribers About July 1 PDMP Requirement

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is reminding physicians in Georgia that, “Beginning July 1, 2018, prescribers will be required to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) before prescribing opiates or cocaine derivatives in Schedule II drugs or benzodiazepines." (Prescribers are currently encouraged to check the PDMP but are not yet required to do so.)
If you have not already registered with the PDMP, PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY.
To register, go to You will need:
  • Your name and business address
  • Primary phone number
  • Last 4 digits of SSN
  • DEA number
  • NPI number
  • Professional license number and type
  • Health care specialty
For further information on the Georgia PDMP go to or call 404.463.0772 or email to with questions.
Click here for the PDMP ‘Quick Reference Guide – Making a Request in PMP AWARXE’.

Take Survey on Value and Future of Continuing Certification

Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future, a commission convened by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), is seeking feedback regarding the current and future state of continuing board certification. The "Vision Initiative" survey is available on the commission website, open to comment from physicians and other healthcare professionals.

The commission brings together multiple stakeholders to envision a system that is responsive to the needs of those who rely on it and that is relevant, meaningful, and of value to physicians.

The survey will be open until May 11. The ABMS encourages sharing this link with your colleagues and organizations.

Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons Holds Successful Lobby Day

Over 140 Georgia surgeons and trauma professionals gathered at the Georgia Capitol on February 14, 2018 to advocate for distracted driving legislation and offer Stop The Bleed training. Attendees were welcomed by GSACS President, Dr. Thomas E. Reeve and GSACS President-elect, Dr. Dennis Ashley. 
Both the Georgia Senate and the House of Representatives passed resolutions commending the Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons, the Georgia Trauma Foundation and the Georgia Trauma Commission and declaring it to be Stop The Bleed Day. Drs. Reeve and Ashley presented the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate with large trauma stations for their respective chambers, bringing to five, the total number of large trauma stations installed in the Georgia Capitol by GSACS.

Make Your King & Prince Hotel Reservations NOW!

What: GSACS 2018 Annual Meeting and Day of Trauma
When: August 17-19, 2018  
Where: King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons Island, GA
Use this link
Or call 800-342-0212 to make your reservations because the room block is limited
The GSACS meeting is “family friendly” and the King & Prince Resort has something for everyone, so DO NOT MISS IT.

ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Registration Now Open

The American College of Surgeons will host the seventh annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit, May 19–22 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The Summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provide volunteer leaders and advocates with the skills and tools they need to be effective in their roles.
The call for Abstracts for the Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting & Day of Trauma is now open. Submissions should be electronically submitted via
by June 15, 2018.
Abstracts will be accepted for two categories – general surgery and trauma.  Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the submitting author to be present August 17-19, 2018 at the GSACS 2018 Annual Meeting & Day of Trauma to be held at the King & Prince Beach Resort on St. Simons Island, GA, if his/her abstract is accepted.
Authors will be notified of their acceptance by July 2, 2018.  Awards for the best basic science and clinical science papers in the trauma category will be forwarded to the Region IV Committee on Trauma (COT) paper competition.


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