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This blog will serve as a place to post announcements and news regarding changes and updates to the Annals of Surgery website and journal.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
The April 2014 issue of Annals is a particularly large one with several key articles. The 2 featured articles are a randomized controlled trial showing the advisability of drainage after pancreatoduodenectomy and a systematic review of strategies for reducing regional variation in the use of surgery. The accompanying editorials put these 2 important articles in perspective. The issue also contains another 3 controlled trials, 2 reviews, 1 systematic review, and 20 additional original articles.
The expert moderator for the April journal club is Dr. Mary Hawn, professor of surgery and chief of gastrointestinal surgery at the University of Alabama Birmingham, and the featured article is Long-term Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Nonoperative Strategy (Watchful Waiting) for Men With Minimally Symptomatic Inguinal Hernias by RJ Fitzgibbons et al that appeared in the Sept., 2013 issue of Annals.
This article can be accessed for free by anyone who wishes to participate in the journal club.

Friday, March 07, 2014
The March, 2014 issue of Annals of Surgery contains one featured article and accompanying editorial, one review article, 3 randomized controlled trials, one meta-analysis, and 20 additional original articles. The feature deals with a malpractice insurer supported pilot study of the feasibility of implementing a standardized teamwork training program with full operating room teams in multiple institutions using simulation. The systematic review of enhanced recovery after surgery programs(ERAS) for esophagectomy found limited evidence for their utility. The authors made a number of recommendations for practice and for further research. The meta-analysis is a study of chronic subdural hematoma management in more than 34,000 patients.
The featured article for March's journal club is  General Surgery Residency Inadequately Prepares Trainees for Fellowship: Results of a Survey of Fellowship Program Directors by SG Mattar etal. Ann Surg 258:440 - 449, 2013.
The expert moderator is Dr. Mark Malangoni who is Associate Executive Director of the American Board of Surgery and helps lead efforts involving the SCORE web portal and the ABS Maintenance of Certification program. 
This article can be accessed for free by anyone who wishes to participate in the journal club.

Saturday, February 01, 2014
The February, 2014 issue of Annals of Surgery includes 4 feature articles with accompanying editorials, 2 reviews, 2 randomized controlled trials, 1 meta-analysis, and 18 additional original articles.
Two of the features deal with the staging, prognosis, and surgical treatment of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors and the other two with the simulation, quality, and impact on patient outcomes of surgical ward rounds.
One of the reviews considers the current understanding of transient receptor potential ion channels in health and disease and the other is a systematic review to determine whether skills acquired through simulation-based training transfer to the operating room for the procedures of laparoscopic cholecystectomy and endoscopy.
The randomized controlled trials provide some definitive results regarding the effect of hydroxyethyl starch on coagulation competence in major surgery and the most effective means of initial resuscitation of trauma patients.
The featured article for February's Journal Club is  Outpatient Versus Hospitalization Management for Uncomplicated Diverticulitis: A Prospective, Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial (DIVER Trial) by Biondo et al that appeared in Annals of Surgery. 259(1):38-44, January 2014.
The expert moderator is Dr. Susan Galandiuk who is Professor of Surgery and Director of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Program at the University of Louisville.
This article can be accessed for free by anyone who wishes to participate in the journal club.   

Saturday, December 28, 2013
Happy new year to all of our readers. The January, 2014 issue of Annals of Surgery includes 2 feature articles with accompanying editorials, 1 review, 4 randomized controlled trials, 2 meta-analyses, and 16 additional original articles. The features regard the adoption of robotic surgery in the USA and the timing of surgery for acute cholecystitis. The review article is an interesting analysis of treatment effects from prospective nonrandomized studies versus randomized controlled trials. The randomized controlled trials provide some definitive information about the effects of simvastatin on patients undergoing esophagectomy, the impact of steroid dosing after colorectal surgery, the role of outpatient management for diverticulitis, and a comparison of antecolic and retrocolic gastroenterostomy in pancreatoduodenectomy.
January's Journal Club featured article is Early Results of the Swiss Multicentre Bypass or Sleeve Study (SM-BOSS): A Prospective Randomized Trial Comparing Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass by R. Peterli and co-authors. Ann Surg 258: 690–695. The expert moderator is Dr. Bruce Schirmer, professor of surgery at the University of Virginia. He is a leader in minimally invasive surgery and surgery for morbid obesity.
This article can be accessed for free by anyone who wishes to participate in the journal club.

Monday, November 04, 2013
The November issue of Annals of Surgery is devoted to papers presented at the European Surgical Association(ESA) meeting held in Beaune, France in April, 2013. The ESA is the counterpart to the American Surgical Association in the United States and is held annually in Europe. This year the ESA celebrated its 20th anniversary. An interesting editorial by Henri Bismuth traces the history of the ESA and its symbiotic relationship to the Annals of Surgery. The presidential address by Pierre-Alain Clavien is titled "Targeting quality in surgery". Seventeen papers presented at this excellent meeting are published in this issue of Annals.
November's Journal Club featured article is "Association between occurence of a postoperative complication and readmission" by EH Lawson and co-authors published in Annals of Surgery 258: 10-18. The expert moderator is Dr. Matthew Hutter, associate professor of surgery at Harvard University and Director, Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.
This article can be accessed for free by anyone who wishes to participate in the journal club.