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Michigan Chapter hosts ACS President and ACS Committee on Trauma Chair at Annual Meeting

The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the ACS (MCACS) and the 65th
al Surgical Resident’s Competition took place at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island May 18-20, 2016.  The meeting was a great success, led by President Wayne VanderKolk and Program Chair Craig Reickert. The Michigan Committee on Trauma (COT) also held the 66th Annual Keyport Trauma Symposium on May 18, 2016. 

ACS President J. David Richardson MD, FACS provided a great presentation “ACS Update”, making us aware of all important ACS initiatives with significant impact on surgeons.

Ronald M Stewart MD, FACS, Chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma, presented the 19th Annual “Mo Henig Trauma Lecture” entitled “Perspectives on the Profession.”

Michigan surgeons also activelyparticipated in the ACS 5th Leadership & Advocacy Summit.  The Michigan Delegation included ACS  Michigan Chapter members Mark Puls, MD FACS (ACS MI Governor; Alpena); Nicolas J. Mouawad, MD MPH MBA (McLaren/MSU; Bay City); Donn Schroder, MD FACS (St John; Detroit); Amalia Stefanou, MD FACS (Henry Ford; Detroit) and Majid Aized, MD (Detroit).

The group met with U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI); U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Congressman Dan Benishek, MD, (R-MI); and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI).  The focus of the meetings involved issues that are important to all surgeons:

  • Surgeons and MACRA Implementation;
  • Improving liability protections for trauma providers and the Health Care Safety Net Enhancement Act (H.R. 836/S. 884);
  • Supporting funding for cancer initiatives and accreditation of cancer programs through H. Res 487 – Resolution Recognizing CoC Accreditation;
  • Supporting the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (H.R. 1220/S. 624)
  • Ensuring an adequate surgical workforce in underserved areas through the Ensuring Access to General Surgery Act of 2016; and
  • The Responsible Data Transparency Act.

The meetings were very productive.  Michigan national leaders and their teams were impressed to see Michigan surgeons take time from their busy schedules to advocate on issues that are salient to our profession – in person