We have received several requests from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors and ACS Members for concise and focused Practice Guidelines that surgeons may use to provide the best care to their patients. The new ACS Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery (EBDS) Program has been established within the ACS Division of Education to address this need. EBDS modules will be based on the best available evidence and designed to address diagnoses and conditions most relevant to general surgeons. Each EBDS module will include 6-8 pages of concise information that should be helpful to practicing surgeons. Development of these modules has involved a rigorous multi-step process including contributions of experts from the ACS Board of Governors and the ACS Advisory Council for General Surgery. The EBDS modules are intended to be used at the point-of-care and may be accessed through electronic devices. These EBDS modules are not intended to reflect standards of care as defined by ACS but to serve as educational resources that practicing surgeons may use to take care of patients within the context of their respective practices. These modules should be used as appropriate, based on the surgical condition, the surgeon’s experience, as well as needs and preferences of individual patients. The ACS EBDS Program is being led by Lewis M. Flint Jr., MD, FACS, and is closely linked to the Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS®) program. I would like to recognize Dr. Flint’s expertise in making this program a reality.
I would also like to acknowledge the strong support of David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS for this program. Sapna Dalal, MHSA, the new Manager for the ACS EBDS Program, deserves special mention for her noteworthy contributions to this new educational program.
We look forward to receiving your feedback and suggestions.
Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FRCSC, FACS Director, Division of Education