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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.
Friday, August 08, 2014
The August 2014 issue of Annals of Surgery contains 2 surgical perspectives, 2 features with accompanying editorials, 2 review articles, 1 randomized controlled trial, and 23 additional original articles. The first perspective deals with the aging surgeon and outlines a 2-day program that can objectively assess a surgeon's physical and cognitive functions.  The objectives of the first feature were to assess the applicability of patents and publications as metrics of surgical technology and innovation; evaluate the historical relationship between patents and publications; develop a methodology that can be used to determine the rate of innovation growth in any given health care technology. It is followed by an excellent editorial on forecasting innovations in surgery by Dr. Tom Krummel. The second feature deals with preventing operating room fires. The systematic review reports the methods used for quality assurance in multicenter controlled trials in laparoscopic colorectal surgery and the second review summarizes the state-of-the-art surgical treatment of complex small bowel Crohn disease.
A list of the 10 most cited articles published in 2013 has been added to Collections.
Dr. Grant Bochicchio is the expert moderator for August's Journal Club. The featured article is: The Clinical Significance of an Elevated Postoperative Glucose Value in Nondiabetic Patients after Colorectal Surgery: Evidence for the Need for Tight Glucose Control? by Kiran, Ravi P.; Turina, Matthias; Hammel, Jeff; Fazio,Victor. Ann Surg 2013; 258: 599-605.
It can be accessed for free by anyone wishing to participate in the journal club. The answers for the questions posed in the Journal Club are: 1. c; 2. false; 3. true; 4. d.

Monday, June 30, 2014
The July 2014 issue of Annals includes 2 perspectives, a column first introduced last month, 2 featured articles with accompanying editorials, 2 randomized controlled trials, 1 meta-analysis, 1 review article and 18 additional original articles. The first perspective deals with the issue of fair pay for surgical house staff and the second addresses the need for appropriate incentives in the private sector to enhance quality of care. One of the features analyzes trauma deaths in the United States. They are now the leading cause of death for the segment of our population 46 years and younger and trauma death rates for those older than 25 have substantially increased since 2000 while mortality from cancer and cardiovascular disease has decreased.
Dr. Nicolas Vauthey is the expert moderator for July's Journal Club. The featured article is: Phase II Trial of Hepatic Artery Infusional and Systemic Chemotherapy for Patients With Unresectable Hepatic Metastases From Colorectal Cancer: Conversion to Resection and Long-term Outcomes. D’angelica MI, Correa-Gallego C, Paty PB, et al. Ann Surg. 2014 Mar 21. [Epub ahead of print]. It can be accessed for free by anyone wishing to participate in the journal club.

Monday, June 02, 2014
The June 2014 issue of Annals introduces a new series of articles that will be called “Surgical Perspectives.” Beginning with this issue, Surgical Perspectives will appear monthly and will provide authors the opportunity to express their opinions as short editorials. This month's perspective is Contemplation vs. Documentation Before Surgery. This issue also contains 2 featured articles with accompanying editorials, 1 randomized controlled trial, 1 meta-analysis, a surgical retrospection, and 22 additional original articles. The first feature is a meta-analysis of 57 articles assessing the effects of resident duty-hours restrictions on patient outcomes, resident education, and resident well being. The informative editorial is by Dr. Frank Lewis, executive director of the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Carlos Fernández-del Castillo is the expert moderator for the journal club. The featured article is A Randomized Prospective Multicenter Trial of Pancreaticoduodenectomy With and Without Routine Intraperitoneal Drainage" that appeared in the April 2014 issue of Annals. It can be accessed for free by anyone wishing to participate in the journal club.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The May, 2014 issue of Annals contains 2 excellent feature articles with accompanying editorials, 2 reviews, 3 randomized controlled trials, 1 meta-analysis, and 18 additional original articles. The first feature deals with outcomes in the critically injured burn patient and the second outlines how variability in case-mix of colorectal cancer patients impacts mortality rates and rankings for hospitals. The 2 reviews are of the role of stents in patients with esophageal anastomotic leaks and perforations and the current status of imaging techniques for evaluation of colorectal liver metastases.
Dr. Henry Pitt is the expert moderator for this month's journal club. He discusses 2 articles: 1. Gutt CN, Encke J, Koninger J, et al. Acute cholecystitis: early versus delayed  cholecystectomy:  a multicenter randomized trial.  Ann Surg 2013; 258: 385-393; 2. DeMestral C, Rotstein OD, Laupacis A, et al. Comparative operative outcomes of early and delayed cholecystectomy for acute cholecytitis: a population-based propensity score analysis.  Ann Surg 2014; 259; 1-x.
These articles can be accessed for free by anyone who wishes to participate in the journal club.

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.