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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.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
The December 2014 issue of Annals of Surgery includes 2 features with accompanying editorials, 2 surgical perspectives, a white paper on pre-residency education, 1 review, 2 randomized controlled trials, 1 meta-analysis, and 18 additional original articles. The first feature outlines the pitfalls that lead to nonbeneficial emergency surgery in the elderly and the second reviews the lessons learned from the initial response to the Boston Marathon bombing. The white paper, approved by the key national organizations involved with resident education, outlines plans for a preparatory course with a multidimensional curriculum to better prepare students for surgery residency. Patient safety and surgical innovation are the subjects of the 2 surgical perspectives.
December journal club's featured article, that can be accessed for free, is "Prehospital Use of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) Is Associated With a Reduced Incidence of Trauma-Induced Coagulopathy". It appeared in the August 2014 issue of Annals. The expert moderator is Dr. David Efron who is Director of Trauma and Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery (encompassing Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care) in The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Surgery.
Finally, this will be my last month as editor of the Annals' web page. Dr. Mary Klingensmith from Washington University Department of Surgery will be replacing me. My 14 years as editor-in-chief and 3 years as web editor and consultant to the Annals have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding ones of my academic career. It has been a pleasure to work with my successor, Dr. Keith Lillemoe, and the Annals' publisher, Ms. Liz Durzy. I can assure you that this outstanding surgical publication has excellent leadership and will continue to be the leading surgical journal for many years to come.  

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
The November issue of Annals of Surgery is devoted to papers presented at the European Surgical Association(ESA) meeting held in April, 2014. The ESA is the counterpart to the American Surgical Association in the United States and is held annually in Europe. The opening article is an inspirational message titled "The pleasure of surgery: my pleasure in being a surgeon" by the 2014 president of ESA, Dr. Eduardo Barroso from Lisbon, Portugal. It is well worth reading. The other 19 excellent contributions include 2 randomized controlled trials and several impressive clinical series.
The November Journal Club's featured article is Hospital Volume and Operative Mortality in the Modern Era by B.N. Reames et al. Ann Surg 2014; 260: 244-251. The expert moderator is Dr. Karl Bilimoria, a surgical oncologist and a health services researcher at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Bilimoria serves as the Medical Director of Surgical Quality. This article can be accessed for free by anyone wishing to participate in the journal club. 

Sunday, October 05, 2014
The October issue is the second of two issues devoted to the papers presented at the 134th meeting of the American Surgical Association. It consists of 16 original articles and the outstanding forum discussion titled "Quality: The Key to Surgery's Future" with panelists Drs. David Hoyt, David Flum, and Mark Malangoni. The original articles include 2 randomized trials, an article examining the relationship between patient satisfaction and surgical outcomes, and an analysis of hospital readmissions and their relationship to quality.
The October Journal Club's featured article is "A Systematic Review of the Effects of Resident Duty Hour Restrictions in Surgery: Impact on Resident Wellness, Training, and Patient Outcomes" by Ahmed et al; Ann Surg 2014: 259, 1041. The expert moderator is Dr. John Mullen, residency program director at the Massachusetts General Hospital. This article can be accessed for free by anyone wishing to participate in the journal club.

Saturday, September 06, 2014
The September issue is the first of two issues devoted to the papers presented at the 134th meeting of the American Surgical Association held in April in Boston. The ASA papers are often some of the most highly cited papers published in the Annals of Surgery. This month's issue is headed by Dr. Layton Rikkers' presidential address titled "The evolution and future of scientific communication". In addition to outlining the ongoing paradigm shift of electronic publishing, the address also deals with the history of the Annals of Surgery and its relationship to the ASA. The 16 original manuscripts presented at the meeting include a remarkable series of 10,000 soft tissue sarcomas surgically managed at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
The moderator for September's Journal Club is Dr. Gregory D. Kennedy, Associate Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair of Quality in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. The featured article  is Patients’ Perspectives of Care and Surgical Outcomes in Michigan: An analysis using the CAHPS hospital survey by Sheetz, Kyle H.; Waits Seth A.; Girotti, Micah E.; Campbell, Darrell A.; Englesbe, Michael J.  Ann Surg. 2014; 260 (1): 5-9. This article can be accessed for free by anyone wishing to participate in the journal club.

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.