Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons

Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons RAS-ACS is the only surgical organization devoted to the concerns and needs of all surgical trainees and young surgeons. The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS), a group within the American College of Surgeons, is the only surgical organization devoted to the concerns and needs of all surgical trainees and young surgeons.
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12/09/2020
The IRC and WiSC will be holding the HeForShe webinar next Friday, December 11, 2020.  Attached are the social media gra...
12/03/2020

The IRC and WiSC will be holding the HeForShe webinar next Friday, December 11, 2020. Attached are the social media graphics and the email that was sent out this morning. Below are the recommended dates for posting the information and the information that can be included in the social media outreach.

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION/ DATES
December 3 (Wednesday)
December 7 (Monday)
December 10 (Thursday)

Registration link: facs.org/ircwebinar
Hashtag: #HeForShe
Details: December 11 from 10:00–11:10 am (CST)

Thank you to all the awesome outgoing RAS Governing Board leaders
10/01/2020

Thank you to all the awesome outgoing RAS Governing Board leaders

09/28/2020

Interested in Cardiothoracic Surgery?
Please join the Thoracic Surgery Resident Association on Thursday, October 8th 7-8PM EST for a webinar on “Applying to Cardiothoracic Fellowship in the COVID Era”. This is an interactive webinar targeted at General Surgery residents interested in CT Surgery, designed to answer some of the more daunting questions of the application and interview process. The TSRA has assembled a panel of eight current or matched CT Fellows equipped to tackle topics such as: Finding the right fit when you aren’t there, use of social media, ideal communication with programs, selecting Cardiac vs. Thoracic track, and how to ace the virtual interview. Click Here to Join the Zoom Meeting. Meeting # 91781355725

MEMBER MONDAYBrett Tracy, MDAssistant Professor of SurgeryDivision of Trauma, Critical Care, BurnsThe Ohio State Univers...
08/31/2020

MEMBER MONDAY

Brett Tracy, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burns
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

How long have you been a member of ACS? Almost 8 years

If you could choose anyone as your mentor, whom would it be? Dr. Barbara McClintock

What RAS committee do you volunteer on? Advocacy & Issues

What is on your music playlist when you are performing surgery? Taylor Swift (obviously)

08/08/2020
LCDR Christopher P. Carroll, MDStaff Neurosurgeon & Assistant Department Head, Department of Brain & Spine Surgery, Nava...
08/08/2020

LCDR Christopher P. Carroll, MD
Staff Neurosurgeon & Assistant Department Head, Department of Brain & Spine Surgery, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Uniformed Services University


- How long have you been a member of ACS?
: ACS Member since 2016


- If you could choose anyone as your mentor, whom would it be?
: Mario Zuccarello, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery & Former Chairman, University of Cincinnati


- What RAS committee do you volunteer on?
: Membership Committee Volunteer

- What is on your music playlist when you are performing surgery?
: Tyler Childers or Blues Guitar Legends Radio on Pandora

07/28/2020
07/26/2020

DEAR INTERN
RAS-ACS is seeking letters from surgeons who, fondly and not-so-fondly, remember their years in training, and who would like to share some words of wisdom with the newest members of the house of surgery!
Write a letter to your former self, develop a top 10 list of best habits or things to avoid, or share some lessons learned the hard way (is there any other way during residency?!)
We plan to share these with our newest ACS members in the pages of the RAS newsletter and archive them on the RAS webpage. We would love to hear from you!
Please send your letter to [email protected] by Aug 1st.

07/21/2020
07/21/2020
07/18/2020
07/18/2020

To ACS residents and associate members of RAS who were scheduled for the American Board of Surgery (ABS) qualifying exam July 16-17, 2020:

We are indeed sorry to hear of the difficulties you encountered with the examination. As the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeon (RAS-ACS), we have heard your concerns and are advocating for you with the ABS. We are working diligently to encourage the ABS leadership to engage in two-way communication with impacted members of our community, and are offering our help to facilitate such a conversation. We will keep you updated on our efforts.

Naveen F Sangji, MD MPH
Chair, RAS-ACS

Raphael Sun, MD
Vice-Chair, RAS-ACS

Yewande Alimi, MD
Secretary, RAS-ACS

Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS
Director, Division of Member Services

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
Executive Director

07/15/2020

DEAR INTERN
RAS-ACS is seeking letters from surgeons who, fondly and not-so-fondly, remember their years in training, and who would like to share some words of wisdom with the newest members of the house of surgery!
Write a letter to your former self, develop a top 10 list of best habits or things to avoid, or share some lessons learned the hard way (is there any other way during residency?!)
We plan to share these with our newest ACS members in the pages of the RAS newsletter and archive them on the RAS webpage. We would love to hear from you!
Please send your letter to [email protected] by Aug 1st.

07/07/2020

DEAR INTERN

RAS-ACS is seeking letters from surgeons who, fondly and not-so-fondly, remember their years in training, and who would like to share some words of wisdom with the newest members of the house of surgery!

Write a letter to your former self, develop a top 10 list of best habits or things to avoid, or share some lessons learned the hard way (is there any other way during residency?!)

We plan to share these with our newest ACS members in the pages of the RAS newsletter and archive them on the RAS webpage. We would love to hear from you!

Please send your letter to [email protected] by Aug 1st.

DEADLINE IS TOMORROW!  ATTENTION ALL RAS MEMBERS:TIME SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR NATIONAL PRESENTATION!Do you have a qual...
06/24/2020
Dropbox - Submit files

DEADLINE IS TOMORROW!

ATTENTION ALL RAS MEMBERS:

TIME SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR NATIONAL PRESENTATION!

Do you have a quality improvement project and/or research you want to share on a national stage? Submit an abstract to the 2020 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality and Safety Conference, to take place virtually July 24-27!

The Resident and Associate Society (RAS) will be hosting a session featuring QI work by RAS members from across the country and is currently accepting abstract submissions for this special session. Abstracts should relate to surgical quality improvement initiatives including the development, implementation, or validation of best practices. Abstracts should be 250 words maximum, with the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions.

Due date for abstract submission is midnight Central Time 6/25.

Late submissions will not be considered. Abstracts will undergo a peer-review process that will focus on the following criteria: quality and originality of work, significance and applicability to improving surgical care, relevance to quality improvement and best practices, completed research, and clarity of writing. Submitting author will be notified by 6/26 and authors will be provided instructions on a 7-minute video presentation creation and submission at that time. Video presentations will be due July 13th.

Please upload your abstracts with primary author contact information at the end of the document to the Dropbox link below:
https://www.dropbox.com/request/lNumQGll1vemCMcnERci

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

ATTENTION ALL RAS MEMBERS:TIME SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR NATIONAL PRESENTATION!Do you have a quality improvement project...
06/22/2020
Dropbox - Submit files

ATTENTION ALL RAS MEMBERS:

TIME SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR NATIONAL PRESENTATION!

Do you have a quality improvement project and/or research you want to share on a national stage? Submit an abstract to the 2020 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality and Safety Conference, to take place virtually July 24-27!

The Resident and Associate Society (RAS) will be hosting a session featuring QI work by RAS members from across the country and is currently accepting abstract submissions for this special session. Abstracts should relate to surgical quality improvement initiatives including the development, implementation, or validation of best practices. Abstracts should be 250 words maximum, with the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions.

Due date for abstract submission is midnight Central Time 6/25.

Late submissions will not be considered. Abstracts will undergo a peer-review process that will focus on the following criteria: quality and originality of work, significance and applicability to improving surgical care, relevance to quality improvement and best practices, completed research, and clarity of writing. Submitting author will be notified by 6/26 and authors will be provided instructions on a 7-minute video presentation creation and submission at that time. Video presentations will be due July 13th.

Please upload your abstracts with primary author contact information at the end of the document to the Dropbox link below:
https://www.dropbox.com/request/lNumQGll1vemCMcnERci

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

ATTENTION ALL RAS MEMBERS:TIME SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR NATIONAL PRESENTATION!Do you have a quality improvement project...
06/20/2020
Dropbox - Submit files

ATTENTION ALL RAS MEMBERS:

TIME SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR NATIONAL PRESENTATION!

Do you have a quality improvement project and/or research you want to share on a national stage? Submit an abstract to the 2020 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality and Safety Conference, to take place virtually July 24-27!

The Resident and Associate Society (RAS) will be hosting a session featuring QI work by RAS members from across the country and is currently accepting abstract submissions for this special session. Abstracts should relate to surgical quality improvement initiatives including the development, implementation, or validation of best practices. Abstracts should be 250 words maximum, with the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions.

Due date for abstract submission is midnight Central Time 6/25.

Late submissions will not be considered. Abstracts will undergo a peer-review process that will focus on the following criteria: quality and originality of work, significance and applicability to improving surgical care, relevance to quality improvement and best practices, completed research, and clarity of writing. Submitting author will be notified by 6/26 and authors will be provided instructions on a 7-minute video presentation creation and submission at that time. Video presentations will be due July 13th.

Please upload your abstracts with primary author contact information at the end of the document to the Dropbox link below:
https://www.dropbox.com/request/lNumQGll1vemCMcnERci

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

ATTENTION ALL RAS MEMBERS:TIME SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR NATIONAL PRESENTATION!Do you have a quality improvement project...
06/18/2020
Dropbox - Submit files

ATTENTION ALL RAS MEMBERS:

TIME SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR NATIONAL PRESENTATION!

Do you have a quality improvement project and/or research you want to share on a national stage? Submit an abstract to the 2020 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality and Safety Conference, to take place virtually July 24-27!

The Resident and Associate Society (RAS) will be hosting a session featuring QI work by RAS members from across the country and is currently accepting abstract submissions for this special session. Abstracts should relate to surgical quality improvement initiatives including the development, implementation, or validation of best practices. Abstracts should be 250 words maximum, with the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions.

Due date for abstract submission is midnight Central Time 6/21.

Late submissions will not be considered. Abstracts will undergo a peer-review process that will focus on the following criteria: quality and originality of work, significance and applicability to improving surgical care, relevance to quality improvement and best practices, completed research, and clarity of writing. Submitting author will be notified by 6/26 and authors will be provided instructions on a 7-minute video presentation creation and submission at that time. Video presentations will be due July 13th.

Please upload your abstracts with primary author contact information at the end of the document to the Dropbox link below:
https://www.dropbox.com/request/lNumQGll1vemCMcnERci

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

Ashley D Meagher, MD MPHAssistant Professor of SurgeryTrauma and Emergency General SurgerySurgical Critical CareIndiana ...
06/18/2020

Ashley D Meagher, MD MPH
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Trauma and Emergency General Surgery
Surgical Critical Care
Indiana University School of Medicine

- How long have you been a member of ACS?
: Since Intern year! I believe it was 2010, or 2011

- What have you learned in the last month either related or not related to surgery?
: Doffing is a word and a Dofficer is a person. In all seriousness, I have learned so much about medicine, the medical establishment, and disaster planning in the last month. I will never take supply chains for granted again
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- What RAS committee do you volunteer on?
: Associate Fellow Committee of RAS-ACS

- What is on your music playlist when you are performing surgery?
: 80’s pop… unless it’s an abscess drainage – then it’s Metallica. Is that weird?

The RAS Open Call for Liaison Positions is open!  Applications are due June 15!This is a great way to get involved and t...
05/20/2020

The RAS Open Call for Liaison Positions is open! Applications are due June 15!

This is a great way to get involved and to learn how the American College Surgeons work at the leadership level.

Liaison positions are listed here:

https://www.facs.org/member-services/ras/leadership/open

Those of you interested in moving on in a leadership position to the RAS Executive Committee, please review the information and apply here:

https://www.facs.org/member-services/leadership/get-involved/ras

For the next Humans of RAS essay/photo contest, we would love t hear about your experiences during the COVID pandemic.Pl...
05/13/2020

For the next Humans of RAS essay/photo contest, we would love t hear about your experiences during the COVID pandemic.
Please submit your 500-word essay or your photo to [email protected] by June 1st. Winners will be featured in the RAS newsletter!

For the next Humans of RAS essay/photo contest, we would love t hear about your experiences during the COVID pandemic.  ...
05/08/2020

For the next Humans of RAS essay/photo contest, we would love t hear about your experiences during the COVID pandemic.
Please submit your 500-word essay or your photo to [email protected] by June 1st. Winners will be featured in the RAS newsletter!

Dr Patricia Martinez Quinones, MD PhDGeneral Surgery ResidentMedical College of Georgia at Augusta University- How long ...
04/29/2020

Dr Patricia Martinez Quinones, MD PhD
General Surgery Resident
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

- How long have you been a member of ACS?

: I have been a member of ACS since my third year of medical school.

- If you could pick anyone to be your mentor, whom would that be?

: Olga Jonasson, MD, FACS, a pioneer in surgery, a renowned innovator, celebrated teacher and mentor and held many firsts as a woman in surgery.

- What RAS committee do you volunteer on?

I participate of both the Membership Committee and the Advocacy and Issues Committee. Membership Committee gives us the opportunity to connect with ACS members at all levels while strengthening the community of residents and associate members. A&I committee is what I am passionate about, discussing issues relevant to trainees and ultimately working to improve patient care.

- What is on your music playlist when you are performing surgery?

; My current favorite station on Pandora is "Exitos de Hoy San Juan," it's a mixture of US and Latin music so it has something for everyone in the OR!

04/27/2020

RAS-ACS Members: Call for Essays

The Communications Committee essay contest is accepting applications until May 1. The topic is Surgeon versus Machine: Evaluating the Role of Artificial Intelligence and Innovative Technology in Surgery.

The Advocacy and Issues Committee is accepting applications through May 1 for its annual Symposium Panel presentation. The winning essay on either side of the debate (pro or con) on the topic of Resident Unionization could earn you a place on the Symposium Panel Session at Clinical Congress 2020 in Chicago, IL.

Spectacular Cases is an annual session held during Clinical Congress. Seven essays are chosen for presentation during this M&M-style session. Essay submissions will be accepted through May 3.

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Dear members of RAS-ACS: The ABS is convening a 12-member committee to address the issues with the Qualifying Exam this summer. At our request, the board has invited 3 RAS-ACS members (and an alternate) to join this committee. We are soliciting your applications and will select representatives in the following manner: -1st representative: A resident or fellow who is a member of RAS who attempted to take the ABS general surgery QE this year. -2nd representative: An Associate member of RAS who attempted and passed the QE within the last 3 years -3rd representative: A resident/fellow or associate member of RAS who is board eligible or board certified who has served in a leadership position within RAS (liaison, representative, committee leader). An alternate will be identified from one of these groups. Please forward by no later than 12pm EST on July 31st 2020 to [email protected]: -Your CV -A 250 word (maximum) statement for why you should be considered -If selected, proof of eligibility (ie sat for the exam this year or took it and passed within last 3 years). Please specify if you are currently a “resident/fellow” or “associate” member or current or former RAS “leader” in the subject line. Late applications will not be considered. The candidates will be identified by Aug 4th 2020.
On Wednesday 8th July we will be presenting another exciting webinar! Join us in exploring how the management of breast cancer has been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by Imperial College London’s Mr Daniel Leff (Consultant Breast Surgeon and Reader In Surgery) we will be joined by the following panelists: Dr Jill Dietz, Breast Surgeon, ASBrS President, Director of Breast Center Operations at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Associate Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Profs. Galimberti, Leonardi and Dr Montagna, European Institute of Oncology, IEO, Milan, Italy Prof Mitch Dowsett, & Mr Peter Barry, Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust Mr Rajiv Dave, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Manchester University Foundation NHS Trust Dr Susan Cleator, Clinical Oncologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Register here in advance: www.pansurg.org/webinar
Dear all, Last call for all COLORECTAL CONSULTANTS/ATTENDING SURGEONS AND SENIOR SPRS/RESIDENTS: our project ColoQ seeks to understand how COVID19 is impacting current practices in the treatment of colorectal cancer. We would like to hear from you about how #COVID19 has directly affected management of your patients. Please complete our survey here: https://www.pansurg.org/coloq
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Dear all another exciting webinar TODAY at 17:00 BST! Register here to join us: https://www.pansurg.org/webinars We will be discussing how to structure OESOPHAGOGASTRIC surgical services during and after the COVID19 pandemic . We are excited to hear from our international panel of expert speakers, including: Ewen Griffiths, Consultant Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK Suzanne Gisbertz, Consultant Surgeon, Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands Lorenzo Ferri, Professor & Director of Division of Thoracic Surgery, McGill University, Quebec, Canada Wayne Hofstetter, Professor & Director of Esophageal Surgery program, MD Anderson Center, University of Texas, USA Simon Law, Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Division of Esophageal and Upper GI surgery, The University of Hong Kong, QMH, Hong Kong. Register here to join us: https://www.pansurg.org/webinars
Hello Everyone, We hope that this message finds you well during these uncertain and changing times. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in drastic changes in the experiences of patients as well as care providers. To help understand the impact of COVID-19 on physicians (and physicians in training) beyond the clinical environment, particularly in the realms of personal and administrative burdens, we put together a short questionnaire that should take < 10 minutes to complete. LINK -> https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8SjLagPppqSD2Z By participating in the following anonymous survey, you will be helping in the gathering of information on how we can best support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for completing the survey and be well.
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IGSS2019 Abstracts submission is open and deadline is on January 15th 2019! InciSioN Global Surgery Symposium IGSS2019 will be in Kigali, Rwanda in April 2019! Details and submission link can be found here: https://www.igss2019.com/abstract We hope to see you in Kigali!