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ACS CRS CME Subscription

ACS Case Reviews in Surgery offers in-depth analyses of current and unique surgical cases. Each 10-article issue will teach surgeons effective ways to use the highest-quality surgical research to achieve patient care excellence.

ACS Smoking Cessation Online Course

Our e-learning program for surgical practitioners details the effects of nicotine and smoking on surgical outcomes, the benefits of counseling and pharmacotherapy, the appropriate codes and reimbursement benefits for smoking cessation counseling, and resources for surgeons and patients.

Participants can earn a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

ACS Surgery Resident OSCE DVD

The ACS Surgery Resident Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) was developed as a tool for assessing the entry-level knowledge and skills of PGY-1 surgery residents in delivering safe care to surgery patients with critical and life-threatening conditions. The OSCE is intended as a formative evaluation tool for providing residents with constructive feedback regarding their management of critical situations that they are likely to encounter, particularly when they are on call. Ten scenarios have been developed that unfold during a 10-minute clinical encounter and a 5-minute written post-encounter. Cases include the traditional use of standardized patients (SPs), as well as telephone conversations and encounters with standardized nurses and medical students.

The OSCE is designed for use by any residency program, regardless of previous experience with OSCEs or availability of a SP training program or facility. This program includes two parts: a CD that provides all the written materials and instructions needed to prepare for and administer the OSCE, and a DVD that provides a gold standard performance of each clinical scenario being portrayed by a SP and resident.

This project was supported by grant number U18 HS12021 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Developed by the American College of Surgeons Division of Education. 2008.

Central Lines Home Skills Kit

The Surgical Patient Education Central Lines Home Skills Kit provides patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. This program will walk you through: understanding your central line (CVAD), skills to manage your central line, problem solving, home management tips, as well as other resources. Each skills kit contains: practice equipment (syringes, tubing, needleless connector, alcohol wipes, gloves, and practice model), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. The Central Lines Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Teleflex.

Visit the ACS website for more information about the Central Lines Home Skills Program .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Communicating w/ Patients about Surgical Error DVD

This educational DVD (Windows and Mac platform) addresses the essential principles of communicating with patients about surgical errors and adverse outcomes. Research has revealed that physicians and patients have very different perspectives regarding these issues, and this DVD presents viewpoints of each group. Critical concepts for understanding and approaching conversations regarding surgical errors and adverse outcomes are presented by Drs. Thomas Gallagher and John Banja during surgical grand rounds at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA. In addition, three vignettes involving a retained sponge, an operating room burn, and a common bile duct injury depict surgeons interacting with patients in these scenarios using a variety of strategies and approaches. Discussion points for each vignette are provided.

The content does not provide legal advice, nor does it establish a standard of care for disclosing surgical error. It is also a valuable tool for teaching and group discussion purposes with surgeons, residents, or medical students. This project was supported by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Grant number U 18 HS12021. Developed by ACS Division of Education. Please note continuing education (CME) credit is not available for this product.

Feeding Tube Home Skills Kit

The Surgical Patient Education Feeding Tube Home Skills Kit is a simulation-based, multimedia program that supports self-paced learning and safe self-management following discharge. Each skill kit contains practice equipment, a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, discharge guidelines, references for additional support, and a step-by-step checklist to guide performance and evaluation of skill acquisition. The Feeding Tube Home Skills Kit was developed with multi-association consensus and is funded in part by a grant from Applied Medical Technology, Inc.

Visit the ACS website for more information about the Feeding Tube Home Skills Program .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Optimizing Perioperative Pain Management: An Evidence-Based ApproachNuances of patient characteristics demand a sophisticated approach to pain management.Master the complexities of perioperative pain management with the real-life strategies highlighted in this new online program. Challenging patient scenarios across preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative periods are used to demonstrate the array of pain management approaches essential for effective surgical care. After completing Optimizing Pain Management:  An Evidence-Based Approach, learners will be able to: Outline the array of pain management approaches essential for effective surgical care, including multimodal therapies and pain management with and without the use of opioids.Describe differences in appropriate pain management approaches for straightforward and complex patient profiles across preoperative, intraoperative, postoperative, and end-of-life periods.Discuss the implications of opioid use in perioperative patients and the strategies to manage patients with profiles ranging from opioid naïve, to opioid use for chronic pain, and to opioid dependency.
Ostomy Home Skill Kit: Adult Colostomy/Ileostomy (Spanish)

The Surgical Patient Education Ostomy Home Skills Kit provides Spanish-speaking patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. Each skill kit contains: practice equipment (pouch, scissors, stoma model, measurement guide, surgical marker), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. Kits are available for purchase as single kits or in groups of five. The Ostomy Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Coloplast Corp. View the Spanish Adult Colostomy/Ileostomy Skills Kit .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Ostomy Home Skill Kit: Adult Urostomy (Spanish)

The Surgical Patient Education Ostomy Home Skills Kit provides Spanish-speaking patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. Each skill kit contains: practice equipment (pouch, scissors, stoma model, measurement guide, surgical marker), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. Kits are available for purchase as single kits or in groups of five. The Ostomy Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Coloplast Corp. View the Spanish Adult Urostomy Kit

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Ostomy Home Skills Kit: Ped. Colostomy/Ileostomy

The Surgical Patient Education Ostomy Home Skills Kit provides patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. Each skill kit contains: practice equipment (pouch, scissors, stoma model, measurement guide, surgical marker), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. Kits are available for purchase as single kits or in groups of five. The Ostomy Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Coloplast Corp. View the Pediatric Colostomy/Ileostomy Skills Kit .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Ostomy Home Skills Kit: Adult Colostomy/Ileostomy

The Surgical Patient Education Ostomy Home Skills Kit provides patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. Each skill kit contains: practice equipment (pouch, scissors, stoma model, measurement guide, surgical marker), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. Kits are available for purchase as single kits or in groups of five. The Ostomy Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Coloplast Corp. View the Adult Colostomy/Ileostomy Home Skills Kit .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Ostomy Home Skills Kit: Adult Urostomy

The Surgical Patient Education Ostomy Home Skills Kit provides patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. Each skill kit contains: practice equipment (pouch, scissors, stoma model, measurement guide, surgical marker), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. Kits are available for purchase as single kits or in groups of five. The Ostomy Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Coloplast Corp. View the Adult Urostomy Skills Kit .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Ostomy Home Skills Kit: Pediatric Urostomy

The Surgical Patient Education Ostomy Home Skills Kit provides patients with comprehensive, interactive materials to enable learning and practicing of the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. Each skill kit contains: practice equipment (pouch, scissors, stoma model, measurement guide, surgical marker), a DVD with skill demonstration, an instruction booklet with images, a self-assessment checklist, and references for additional support. Kits are available for purchase as single kits or in groups of five. The Ostomy Home Skills Kit was developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education and has been funded in part by a grant from Coloplast Corp. View the Pediatric Urostomy Skills Kit .

*Skills Kits should be eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

A $20.00 per item shipping fee will be added to all orders being shipped outside the US/CAN region.

Professionalism in Surgery: 2nd Edition DVD

The second edition of Professionalism in Surgery: Challenges and Choices presents 12 new vignettes in addition to the original 12 vignettes, the American College of Surgeons "Code of Professional Conduct," and "Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter." The 24 lively vignettes depict realistic dilemmas that surgeons face in everyday practice, present possible courses of action, and highlight the principles of professionalism underlying various actions. New vignettes include titles such as "Dropped Pass," "Industry Temptations," "Molecular Mischief," and "Expert Excesses."

The first edition met with wide acclaim for teaching purposes, whether used with small groups of residents or for Grand Rounds with practicing surgeons. The engaging and sometimes humorous vignettes always prompt stimulating and productive discussions. Developed by the ACS Division of Education. 2008. Please note continuing medical education (CME) credit is not available for this product.

* Non-RAS residents must supply a letter confirming status as a resident from a program director or administrator and are limited to one CD-ROM. Fax number: 312-202-5001.

SRGS Breast Diseases Single Issue

The Breast Diseases issue of Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS) reviews surgical diseases of the breast. Detailed discussions of problems frequently encountered in surgical practice include breast neoplasia, breast infections, nipple discharge, and breast pain.

Topic List

  • Selected Aspects of Breast Physiology
  • Diagnosing Breast Disease
  • Benign Breast Disorders
  • Breast Cancer

This issue includes a self-assessment test that offers the opportunity to earn up to 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

SRGS Ethics, Patient Safety & the Business of Medicine Single Issue

The Ethics, Patient Safety, and the Business of Medicine issue of Selected eadings in General Surgery (SRGS) reviews recent literature on topics that are important to surgeons, including the increase of certain health care trends like patient's personal freedom and autonomy and increased patient involvement in seeking, consenting to, and even refusing surgical care.

The goal of this issue is to help surgeons become more familiar with the fundamentals of ethical surgical practices in light of these new health care trends. Additionally, this issue aims to help surgeons learn new ways of controlling heart care costs and to better formulate strategies to create successful and sustainable health care institutions.

Topic List

  • Surgical Ethics
  • Patient Safety in Surgical Practice
  • The Business of Medicine

 

This issue includes a self-assessment test that offers the opportunity to earn up to 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

SRGS Geriatrics & Palliative Care Single Issue

The Geriatrics and Palliative Care issue of Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS) discusses articles relevant to the care of geriatric patients who require surgical interventions as well as features of palliative care that surgeons can use for optimum control of symptoms and quality of life for patients with diseases that cannot be cured.

The goal of this issue is to help surgeons understand methods of evaluating when surgical management is necessary in elderly patients, how to quantify and manage surgical risk (particularly with regards to chronic conditions that may influence operative risk), how to determine when palliative care is indicated, how to effectively communicate available surgical and palliative options to patients, the patient's family, and surrogate caregivers, and how to embrace a team approach to palliative care.

Topic List

  • Clinical Assessment of the Geriatric Patient
  • Surgical Outcomes in Geriatric Patients
  • Perioperative Management of Geriatric Patients
  • Education and Training in Geriatric Care
  • Injury Management in Geriatric Patients
  • Palliative Care for Surgical Patients

This issue includes a self-assessment test that offers the opportunity to earn up to 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

SRGS Print

Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS) is a literature review published eight times a year available in an annual subscription. It takes four years to get through the entire cycle of topics. Review our revolving cycle of topics to find out what is coming up next. Notes: Subscriptions cannot be backdated; however, back issues are available for sale.

  • Depending on when the order was placed, print subscriptions typically begin with the next issue to be published, and will arrive by U.S. Postal Service within six weeks.
  • Each issue includes a topic-specific review of approximately 150 articles published in premier medical journals.
  • Full-text reprint articles for further study (approx. 8–12) are included in each issue.
  • A self-assessment, multiple-choice quiz is contained in each issue. These tests must be completed online to earn 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per issue (80 credits per year).
  • SRGS cannot be shared or copied for distribution to others.
SRGS Rural Surgery Single Issue

Due to recent declarations from health leaders around the globe, including the World Health Organization, there will be an increased emphasis on providing quality surgical care in austere and underserved regions. This special issue of Selected Readings in General Surgery will explore key rural surgery issues to help gain an enhanced perspective on the current status of high-quality health care access in rural regions, including the health risks faced by rural-area residents, data on health outcomes for rural patients, important aspects of maintaining a thriving rural surgeon workforce, rural surgeon training models, and important differences in the volume and variety of clinical problems experienced by rural vs. urban surgeons.

Rural Surgery Single Issue Topic List

  • Rural Surgery – Global Perspectives
  • Important Characteristics of Contemporary Rural Surgery
  • Rural Surgery & Health Systems Issues
  • Rural Surgeon Recruitment & Retention
  • Training for Rural Surgery Practice
  • Clinical Challenges in Rural Surgery

The issue includes self-assessment test that, upon completion, can earn the participant 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR)

The American College of Surgeons Surgeon Specific Registry (ACS SSR™) is an online quality improvement tool and software application database that allows surgeons to track their cases and outcomes in an easy-to-use manner from their computer or mobile devices (iOS and Android). When performance can be tracked, outcomes can be improved. Clinically relevant data collection informs meaningful data review with several analytics and report functions being available real-time. A new feature is the SSR Practice Improvement Initiative you can enroll in the SSR under Form Management, Clinician Form, Preferences, check PII. For ACS members the SSR is free of charge (discount will be applied after ACS login); for non-members the annual subscription fee is $299.00

  • Improve your practice and participate in the SSR Practice Improvement Initiative.
  • Use case logging for the individual surgeon.
  • Easily record cases and outcomes within a matter of minutes entering key clinical data variables.
  • Improve your practice using benchmark and real-time online reports.
  • Delegate account access and create custom fields.

Register for the SSR Tips and Tricks educational webinar today:
https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/data-and-registries/surgeon-specific-registry/

Visit the ACS website or more information about the Surgeon Specific Registry or e-mail SSR@facs.org.