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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.

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.
Optimal Resources for Surgical Education and Training

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS; Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS; Lewis M. Flint, MD, FACS; J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, Editors.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Education and Training, the “Gold Book,” is the definitive guide to training surgeons of the future. The breadth and depth of the field of surgery has only expanded in recent years and this manual serves as an authoritative reference for surgical education leaders, as well as a roadmap for residency training programs to ensure educational excellence in the training of surgery residents of all specialties. Experts contributed to every chapter, creating a comprehensive overview of each aspect of surgical education. The book covers the optimal theoretical, educational, and practical resources needed to train surgical residents.

This manual is written for surgical faculty and leadership, professional educators, hospital administrators, surgical residents, and anyone involved in surgical resident education and training.

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.

Patient Education Toolkit - 60 Day Free Trial

A 60-day trial of your own personalized Surgical Patient Education Toolkit with access to the entire ACS Patient Education resources. Over 200 titles are available to print, display on your website, or deliver electronically to help patients understand their surgical procedures and better manage their perioperative care. Titles include the entire surgical prep series - medications, quit smoking, questions to ask, procedure education, safe pain control, Home Skills training videos and the Prepare for Cancer Surgery series as well as patient education from federal government health agencies. You have control of the titles displayed and can publish you own patient education content. Your Toolkit can be personalized with your professional practice information that highlights your surgical expertise.

The free trial will end in 60 days from the point of purchase. At 60 days you will have the opportunity to purchase the full program. If the purchase is not made, your site will close and no longer be available. The ACS website contains all materials for patient viewing.

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 *Additional print brochures and videos for your hospital library can be ordered separately.

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.

Successfully Navigating PGY1 Essentials This Division of Education publication lists the critical cognitive, clinical, and technical skills needed to help new surgical residents be better prepared for their first year of residency training. The first section addresses the essential areas of knowledge and skills that surgical residents should possess at the beginning of the first year of residency education. The second section lists the essential areas of knowledge and skills expected of residents at the completion of the first year.

The document lays the groundwork for education and training in all surgical specialties and includes contemporary topics in surgery within the context of the six core competencies identified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (medical knowledge, patient care, professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice). In addition, heavy emphasis has been placed on patient safety issues.

The “Essentials” publication, which replaces the “Prerequisites for Graduate Surgical Education: A Guide for Medical Students and PGY-1 Surgical Residents, ” should be helpful to medical students interested in surgery, surgical residents, and residency program directors. The spiral-bound publication fits in a lab coat pocket for easy reference, and also is available as a downloadable file. This project was supported by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality Grant U18 HS12021 and is free of charge.

Download Successfully Navigating the First Year of Surgical Residency: Essentials for Medical Students and PGY-1 Residents