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Resources by Topic: Surgery

Mayo Clinic Joins the National Effort to Train Tomorrow's Rural Surgeons
Describes challenges facing rural surgery, including workforce shortages, outlines the Mayo Clinic's development of a rural general surgery track, and identifies lessons learned in the first three years of the Mayo Clinic's program. Compares competencies required for rural surgeons and those in urban areas.
Author(s): Randy C. Lehman, Brandon G. Douglass, Stephanie F. Heller, Michael C. Roskos
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 104(10)
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
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High-Volume Invasive, Therapeutic Ambulatory Surgeries Performed in Hospital-Owned Facilities, 2016
Examines the 20 most common major ambulatory surgeries performed in hospital-owned facilities. Provides data by select patient and hospital characteristics, including urban-rural hospital location.
Author(s): Zeynal Karaca, Kimberly W. McDermott
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Rural Surgery: The Road Less Traveled
Profile of a surgeon with an urban background who now practices in rural Oregon. Explores the challenges and the rewards of rural surgical practice.
Author(s): Keith J. Thomas
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 104(7)
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
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Rural Surgery Call Coverage: Innovative Locoregional Solutions Can Fill the Gap
Features rural locum tenens systems as possible templates to help provide call coverage for rural surgeons. Highlights a successful pilot Canadian Rural Locum Tenens Project and a collaboration with a surgical group in Ohio that helped provide surgical coverage for area rural hospitals.
Author(s): Stephen Hiscock, Michael Sarap
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 104(4), 52-54
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
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What Medical Students Need to Know About Training for a Career in Rural Surgery
Addresses the need for rural general surgery residencies and describes what medical students should look for when choosing one. Provides a list of 12 verified rural surgical residencies.
Author(s): Matthew B. Rossi
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 104(1), 72-74
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
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Safety In Numbers: The Leapfrog Group's Report on High-Risk Surgeries Performed at American Hospitals
Compares hospital and surgeon volume for 8 high-risk procedures to Leapfrog's minimum volume standards. Identifies the percent of rural and urban hospitals that meet Leapfrog's volume standard for each procedure.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Leapfrog Group
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Motivators, Barriers, and Facilitators to Traveling to the Safest Hospitals in the United States for Complex Cancer Surgery
Results of a nationally representative survey conducted in January 2018, in which 1016 adults were asked what factors they would consider when deciding whether to seek cancer treatment at their local hospital or at a specialized facility an hour or more away from their home. Table 1 features demographic information including breakdowns by metropolitan or nonmetropolitan residence.
Author(s): Benjamin J. Resio, Alexander S. Chiu, Jessica R. Hoag, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open 1(7)
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
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Rural Surgery - A View from the Front Lines: "I Need to Transfer This Patient"
Describes the process of a patient transfer from a rural hospital to a larger hospital from the perspective of Mark Puls, a rural general surgeon and the vice chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Council for Rural Surgery.
Author(s): Mark Plus
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Where Are They? Examining General Surgery Workforce Issues
Describes challenges related to getting adequate data on the rural surgical workforce and what is needed to understand rural shortages.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Rural General Surgeon's Partner: Rural Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
Describes the role that certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) play in rural surgery.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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