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ASCRS achieves ACCME six-year Accreditation with Commendation for Third time in a row
President's Message: We will meet the challenge
San Antonio Annual Meeting draws record 1,519 physicians from 63 nations
Research Foundation “Meet the Challenge” raises $87,795 in San Antonio

Second COSATS pilot project held Sept. 22-23 at Northwestern University, Chicago

Presidential Address: Outgoing President Dr. Steven Wexner shows how global collaboration enhances patient care
11 Boards, including ABCRS, report publicly whether doctors meet MOC requirements
2012 ASCRS National Media Awards
Awards honor accomplishments, papers, presentations, posters, video
ACS/Brandeis health policy scholarship “valuable and useful experience,” Dr. Neil Hyman reports
Great Comebacks® honors Joanna Burgess, RN, Harriet Pilert, RN
ASCRS Premier Partners
ASCRS Committee Chairs, 2012-13
ASCRS welcomes new Fellows, Members, Candidates
Call for abstracts, 2013 Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, April 27-May 1
Dr. James Guthrie, Past President of ASCRS Research Foundation, dies at 81
Dr. Patrick Hagihara, survivor of Hiroshima atomic attack, accomplished endoscopist, colorectal surgeon, dies at 79
Executive Council sanctions dual presentations at ASCRS, DDW
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ACS/Brandeis health policy scholarship “valuable and useful experience,” Dr. Neil Hyman reports

Dr. Neil HymanIn his summary report, Dr. Neil H. Hyman, Burlington, VT, the Society’s American College of Surgeons/Brandeis University health policy scholarship winner for 2011-2012, offers some very positive impressions of the value of the experience, excerpted here:

“The Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management Course was held at the Heller School at Brandeis University from May 20-26, 2012. This is a rigorous program that provides a foundation for the tool kit of competencies required for leadership in the evolving world of modern healthcare.

“The first evening upon arrival, Dr. Mike Zinner provided an overview of the changing role of surgical leadership. There were daily sessions from 8:30 am to 5:30 or 6 pm that were quite participatory in nature. Questions and participant interactions were encouraged, which helped fully engage the attendees.

“The faculty was uniformly knowledgeable, talented, and interested. One gets the idea that this largely stems from the enthusiasm and deep commitment of Jon Chilingerian, who is really the heart and soul of the course. The support staff made things pleasant and were readily available to help.

“The course opened with Stuart Altman sharing his 40-year experience as an insider in healthcare management and reform through many administrations and attempts at reform. This provided an excellent backdrop to see how we got where we are now. With this as a background, the course moved on to strategic thinking, including newer concepts in value-based purchasing, payment bundling and ACOs.

“Things flowed rather seamlessly into the ‘physics’ of care processes and how to manage the clinical enterprise. Assessing and building a high performance and quality healthcare system was covered comprehensively.

“We then moved on to self-assessment regarding our personal tendencies as a leader and what comprises effective leadership. This led to a simulation of how one can best understand the local environment and what steps are helpful in actually understanding the situation and creating change based on leadership.
“There was then a full day of how to look at conflicts in healthcare and how to negotiate effectively. Finally, the last day dealt with budgeting and accounting principles; we were walked through things in a step-by-step manner.

“The course promoted collegiality and participation. Overall, it was a very valuable and useful experience.”