I am pleased to once again provide a summary of the activities at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for the Archives of Surgery. At press time, I was concluding my tenure as executive director of the college, so this year I would like to review the progress that the ACS has made in the last decade and to discuss potential changes that are likely to affect the surgical profession in the coming years.
When I first assumed the position of executive director, the college was operating without a clear and specific identity. In 2001, the ACS leadership held the first in an ongoing series of strategic planning sessions and reorganized the college into 4 primary divisions centered on advocacy and health policy, education, member services, and research and optimal patient care with complementary support service areas. We also developed a mission statement clarifying that the ACS is “dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.”
Russell TR. Report From the American College of Surgeons: A 10-Year Review and a Look to the Future. Arch Surg. 2010;145(4):399-400. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2010.21