Bruce J. Leavitt, MD
It is with a deep honor that I write my first Presidential article for our newsletter. As you know, I am used to writing newsletter articles as your previous editor. I have enjoyed a very memorable career in surgery with several awards and positions held over the years. Being nominated as your President is truly my greatest honor and I will do my best to continue to improve our most treasured society as we move into our second century. For an organization to still be so vibrant 100 years after a group of visionary New England Surgeons founded our society is a testament to our strong membership. I will strive to continue our traditions and also provide leadership this year as we continue to be a part of an ever-changing medical and technological milieu.
Abstract submission is now open for the 24th Annual Surgical Resident and Fellow Research Presentation day, which is on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods, within the headquarters of the Massachusetts Medical Society in Waltham. Abstract submission is now open of our 98th annual meeting September 8-10, 2017 at the Omni Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH. This venue is quintessential New England and has always been highly attended meeting. The program committee, chaired by Dougald MacGillivray, is already planning for our upcoming meeting. I have ideas for a Saturday afternoon activity and it does involve elevation.
I would like to acknowledge new members of some of our leadership committees. Dr. Robert Touloukian is President-Elect, Dr. Anne Larkin is Vice President, Dr. Giles Whalen is the newest state representative from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Dr. David Berger is our new representative to the ACS Board of Governors, and Dr. Ed Borrazzo is our representative to the ACS Advisory Council for General Surgery; in addition, Dr. Arlet Kurkchubasche is the President and Rhode Island Director of the Scholars Foundation.
During our most recent executive committee meeting, two projects and ideas were discussed that will be distributed to our membership this spring. The first will be a survey asking for future ideas for the direction of the society as we start our second century. We all are inundated with surveys. It would be greatly appreciated if you responded to our member needs survey. The other idea that was discussed at our executive committee meeting was the future use of social media, including the possibility of both meeting and during the year communication utilizing Twitter.
Please do not forget sponsoring your surgical resident leaders for our Candidate Membership. Dr. Larkin is the chair of that committee and she informed me that there is no official deadline for that category. The committee reviews periodically the applications that are received. Remember, those young surgeons are the seeds of our future membership.
I hope you are having a wonderful New England winter and spring. I hope to see many of you at the Spring Resident and Fellow Research Presentation Day and this fall in Bretton Woods.
Bruce J. Leavitt MD, FACS