Tuesday, December 2, 2014
December 2014 Issue and Journal Club
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.