Archive for April, 2016

New ACS Curriculum to Prepare Surgeons for War and Disaster Environments

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Most military surgeons are based at facilities where trauma care is not routinely provided, and there is no standard surgical preparation for military surgeons being deployed, finds the Military Health System Strategic Partnership American College of Surgeons (MHSSPACS).

To address this gap, MHSSPACS is creating a course that will prepare surgeons before they are deployed to war zones or areas affected by disasters. M. Margaret (Peggy) Knudson, MD, FACS–MHSSPACS Medical Director, professor of surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and trauma surgeon at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center–is the lead author of an article outlining the partnership’s work. The article appears online on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website ahead of print.

Dr. Knudson , who also serves on the National Trauma Institute Board of Directors, said this May a group of previously deployed military surgeons will compile a list of the skills and knowledge they believe are necessary to serve as the blueprint for developing test questions for a compiled curriculum.

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Longtime NTI Board Member, Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., Honored with AAST Festschrift

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Dr. Pruitt’s colleagues shared memories from throughout his life, including tales of his legendary editorial stringency.

On Friday, April 8, 2016, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), Wolters Kluwer and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine hosted a Festschrift in honor of Dr. Basil A. Pruitt, Jr. for 50 years of membership and 37 years of distinguished service on the Journal of Trauma including 21 years as Associate Editor and 16 years as Editor.

Held during AAST’s Board of Managers meeting in San Antonio, the celebration featured presentations by a number of current and former colleagues, students and long-time friends including William Cioffi, MD, past president of AAST; Col. Todd Rasmussen, MD, director of the DoD Combat Casualty Care Program; Daniel Dent, MD, UT Health Science Center San Antonio; Leopoldo Cancio, MD, U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research; and NTI Board members Ronald Stewart, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center, and Timothy Fabian, MD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, among others.

Dr. Pruitt, an NTI board member for 10 years, ended his tenure with the Journal of Trauma at the end of 2011. He is credited with advances related to burns, vascular trauma and shock, having served as commander and director of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research for 27 years. The Festschrift presentations, which highlighted Dr. Pruitt’s substantive influence on trauma research and multiple generations of trauma surgeons, will be published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery within the year.

He is a member of 38 professional societies and has held elected or appointed office in many of those societies including the presidency of the American Burn Association, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Surgical Infection Society, the North American Burn Society, the Halsted Society, the Western Surgical Association, the International Society for Burn Injuries, the American Trauma Society, the Southern Surgical Association, the American Surgical Association, and the Shock Society.

Dr. Pruitt has served on 10 editorial boards, aside from that of the Journal of Trauma. He has also served on the NIH Surgery, Anesthesia, and Trauma Study Section, the V. A. Merit Review Board for Surgery, and the Shriners Hospitals Research Advisory Board. He is a senior member of the American Board of Surgery. He has authored and co-authored over 440 published papers, 172 textbook chapters, and 13 books and monographs. He presently serves on the board of directors of the American Trauma Society.

AAST has not conducted a Festschrift, one of the organization’s highest and rarest honors, since 1994, when Dr. John Davis retired as Editor of the Journal of Trauma.