In the flood of emails, periodicals, Twitter, Facebook, Doximity, Medscape, and other information that washes over surgeons every day, why should they use their precious time to read ACS Surgery News? That question is foremost in the minds of the editors of this publication as we consider news stories and commentaries for inclusion. Is this an article our readers are going to find informative, pertinent, and stimulating? We want ACS Surgery News to be a querencia: a source of reliable, vetted information that gives surgeons a place of intellectual security along the information highway.
The editors of ACS Surgery News understand surgery from the scrub sink up. While our mission includes keeping our readers informed about these looming thunderstorms, we are also privileged to report progress and innovations that keep coming no matter how the forces of red tape and commerce play against our profession. Bringing news of both challenges and beacons of hope for our profession with commentary and perspective from our colleagues is our objective. For the editors, this is both a mission and a pleasure. Since most of the editors and our Editorial Advisory Board (EAB), like our readers, must focus primarily on our jobs as surgeons, teachers, and researchers, we cannot read every journal or attend every meeting. The role of ACS Surgery News is to find the relevant news of interest and importance to surgeons, wherever it may be found, and to report it succinctly and accurately in a readable form. Before an article appears in ACS Surgery News, it is reviewed by the author of the paper or presentation for accuracy and reviewed by the most appropriate member of the EAB as well as by both Co-Editors for importance and relevance to our surgeon readers. We do not want to shy away from controversial topics, but endeavor to present such topics with balance and sensitivity, just as the ACS itself always attempts to do: to shed light, rather than merely heat, on all subjects that we cover in our pages.
The editors of ACS Surgery News hope that in the months and years to come, this publication can be a querencia for the surgeon: a safe and secure place to engage all the forces that a surgeon must confront to be successful. In these pages we hope you will find knowledge, wisdom, camaraderie, and support for your practice, whatever that may be.
Surgery is a life of great joy and great sorrow, sometimes happening all within the same hour. We hope to be part of the joy and to soften the sorrow by being a publication you look forward to reading and wherein you find those things that contribute to your being a great surgeon and human being.
Dr. Deveney is professor of surgery and vice chair of education in the department of surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland. She is the Co-Editor of ACS Surgery News.
Dr. Hughes is clinical professor in the department of surgery and director of medical education at the Kansas University School of Medicine, Salina Campus, and Co-Editor of ACS Surgery News.