Behind the Knife – ACS Cancer Surgery Standards Program
Shreya Gupta, MD (@shreyaguptaMD)
Mediget Teshome, MD, MPH, FACS (@drmediget) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Breast Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is the Chair of the Education Committee of the Cancer Surgery Standards Program (CSSP).
Timothy Vreeland, MD, FACS (@vreelant) is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Surgical Oncologist at Brooke Army Medical Center. He is the Vice Chair of the Education Committee of the CSSP.
Lexy (Alexandra) Adams, MD, MPH (@lexyadams16) is a PGY-4 General Surgery resident at Brooke Army Medical Center and a member of the Education Committee of the CSSP.
Description: The American College of Surgeons Cancer Surgery Standards Program is an initiative to improve the quality of cancer surgery by implementing evidence-based operative standards and its associated documentation. This episode discusses the CSSP’s role in not only enhancing the quality of care for patients, but also providing educational tools for trainees, resources for community surgeons caring for cancer patients, and a vehicle for research.
In this episode, we learn about the mission and vision of the American College of Surgeons Cancer Surgery Standards Program and the associated operative standards. We discuss the current rollout of standards 5.7 and 5.8, concerning synoptic pathology reporting of total mesorectal excision for mid/low rectal cancer and mediastinal and hilar lymph node sampling in lung cancer. In addition, we discuss future implementation of synoptic operative reporting standards for melanoma, breast cancer, and colon cancer. These standards are important not only for the sub-specialist, but also to surgical residents and any general surgeon that cares for cancer patients.
Resources Referenced in this Episode
The ACS CSSP homepage: facs.org/cssp
Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery – find it on Amazon!
Volume 1: Breast, Lung, Pancreas, Colon
Volume 2: Thyroid, Gastric, Rectum, Esophagus, Melanoma
Follow CSSP on Twitter at @AmColSurgCancer, with the hashtag #CSSP
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