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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.

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.

Ethical Issues in Surgical Care - Book Only Alberto R. Ferreres, MD, PhD, MPH, JD, FACS(Hon.); Peter Angelos, MD, PhD, FACS; Eric A. Singer, MD, MA, FACS; Editors Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH, Associate editorEthical Issues in Surgical Care is a definitive textbook on ethical issues in surgical practice. This unique resource defines the field of surgical ethics as it has evolved over the past decade, provides a foundation for understanding many of the central ethical issues in surgical practice, and organizes the essential principles in a practical way that promotes application to surgical care. The book was developed under the auspices of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education and the Committee on Ethics. The editors have compiled 21 chapters that address the broad areas of the surgeon-patient relationship, the surgeon and the surgical profession, and the surgeon and society. Written by experts in surgical ethics, chapters focus on the unique circumstances of surgeons and the practice of surgery. Case scenarios are included to ground the ethical discussions in the realities of clinical practice. Topics include the distinctive aspects of surgical ethics, surgical judgment and uncertainty, a toolbox for surgical ethics, duties and obligations of surgeons, informed consent, disclosure, end-of-life issues, surgical innovation, conflicts of interest, ethics in surgical research and publication, mentor-mentee relationships, teaching surgical ethics, errors, organ transplant patients, and global challenges in ethics. The printed book includes access to an online version. Interested in earning 38 AMA PRA Category I Credits™ to help meet regulatory mandates? Purchase Ethical Issues in Surgical Care - Book with CME.* To be eligible for the resident nonmember price, residents in surgical programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education must submit a letter of verification from their program director or administrator.
Ethical Issues in Surgical Care - Book with CME Alberto R. Ferreres, MD, PhD, MPH, JD, FACS(Hon.); Peter Angelos, MD, PhD, FACS; Eric A. Singer, MD, MA, FACS; Editors Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH, Associate editorEthical Issues in Surgical Care is a definitive textbook on ethical issues in surgical practice. This unique resource defines the field of surgical ethics as it has evolved over the past decade, provides a foundation for understanding many of the central ethical issues in surgical practice, and organizes the essential principles in a practical way that promotes application to surgical care. The book was developed under the auspices of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education and the Committee on Ethics. The editors have compiled 21 chapters that address the broad areas of the surgeon-patient relationship, the surgeon and the surgical profession, and the surgeon and society. Written by experts in surgical ethics, chapters focus on the unique circumstances of surgeons and the practice of surgery. Case scenarios are included to ground the ethical discussions in the realities of clinical practice. Topics include the distinctive aspects of surgical ethics, surgical judgment and uncertainty, a toolbox for surgical ethics, duties and obligations of surgeons, informed consent, disclosure, end-of-life issues, surgical innovation, conflicts of interest, ethics in surgical research and publication, mentor-mentee relationships, teaching surgical ethics, errors, organ transplant patients, and global challenges in ethics. The printed book includes access to an online version. In addition, those who purchase the continuing medical education (CME) option can earn a maximum of 38 AMA PRA Category I Credits™ to help meet regulatory mandates.*Residents receive certificates of completion.**To be eligible for the resident nonmember price, residents in surgical programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education must submit a letter of verification from r program director or administrator.
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.
Patient Education ACS Chapter Leader Sample Pack

The Patient Education ACS Chapter Leader Sample Pack was developed by the Patient Education Committee and the Board of Governors Patient Education Pillar. This set of sample patient education materials, including the ostomy skills kit, quit smoking before surgery brochure, inguinal hernia brochure, all product overview brochure, and one laminated table-top sign, can be used during chapter meeting presentations and accompany the PowerPoint program. The quality resources offered by the ACS meet all current requirements and have been identified to improve patient satisfaction, increase confidence in self-care, and reduce the need for additional resources. 

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

Preventing Errors & Near Misses in Surgery: Strategies for Ind & Teams

This DVD will facilitate a better understanding of the most common types of human factor errors, why they occur, and the contexts for occurrence. The program will help surgeons and other members of the surgical team to be vigilant in watching for these errors in surgical practice, and in applying strategies to help prevent them and mitigate their effects. The DVD is designed for individual use or teaching purposes, and includes a toolbox with supplemental resources. Developed by the ACS Division of Education 2011.  Please note continuing education credit (CME) is not available for this product.

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 Online

In addition to the literature review and an annotated bibliography of articles for further study, the online formats of SRGS offer original content not found in the print format: health care editorials and commentaries by general surgeons on the strengths and weaknesses of recently published literature. SRGS Audio is also included as a complimentary benefit with all online subscription types.

  • Your online subscription starts with the issue that is current the day of your order. To access the content, a username and password is sent to you by e-mail as soon as the order is processed.
  • You have access to the archive of the complete cycle of previously published topics.
  • The online formats of SRGS can only be accessed with an active online subscription.
  • You receive a topic-specific review of approximately 100 articles published in premier medical journals. You can download the PDF of this review to your desktop or mobile device to build your own archive. The review can be printed for personal use, but cannot be distributed to others.
  • The online SRGS formats can be accessed on a mobile device. Files are also optimized for iPad, iPhone, other smartphones, and Kindle (these files are located under the “Current Overview” and “Past Issues” tabs). There is no SRGS app at this time.
  • Online SRGS subscribers can now listen to the premier evidence-based content they depend on to remain on the cutting edge of a more-relevant practice. SRGS Audio is included with all online subscription types at no additional charge.
  • An e-mail alert lets you know when a new issue has been posted.
  • Sharing online SRGS login information outside of your institution is strictly prohibited. Files cannot be shared over a computer network.
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Preview the current issue of SRGS Online Premium with a free 30-day trial subscription. CME credit can not be earned with a trial subscription.

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 Print Plus Online

The print edition is mailed to you eight times a year along with online access to SRGS content, which includes original content not found in the print format: health care editorials and commentaries by general surgeons on the strengths and weaknesses of recently published literature. SRGS Audio is also included as a complimentary benefit with all Print Plus Online subscription types.

  • Your online subscription starts with the issue that is current the day of your order. To access the content, a username and password is sent to you by e-mail as soon as the order is processed.
  • You have access to the archive of the complete cycle of previously published topics.
  • The online formats of SRGS can only be accessed with an active online subscription.
  • In addition to online access on your desktop or mobile device, the print edition is mailed to you.
  • You receive a topic-specific review of approximately 100 articles published in premier medical journals. You can download the PDF of this review to your desktop or mobile device to build your own archive. The review can be printed for personal use, but cannot be distributed to others.
  • The online SRGS formats can be accessed on a mobile device. Files are also optimized for iPad, iPhone, other smartphones, and Kindle (these files are located under the “Current Overview” and “Past Issues” tabs). There is no SRGS app at this time.
  • Online SRGS subscribers can now listen to the premier evidence-based content they depend on to remain on the cutting edge of a more-relevant practice. SRGS Audio is included with all online subscription types at no additional charge.
  • An e-mail alert lets you know when a new issue has been posted.
  • Sharing online SRGS login information outside of your institution is strictly prohibited. Files cannot be shared over a computer network.
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™.