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Medical Student Program

Medical Student Program

Program Registration Is Closed

Due to overwhelming demand, our Medical Student Program is closed. Thank you for your interest!

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Sunday, October 21 | Session I: 11:30 am–6:00 pm

Monday, October 22 | Session II: 1:00–6:00 pm

Tuesday, October 23 | Session III: 1:00–6:00 pm

The ACS Division of Education invites students from all four years of medical school to participate in this program designed specifically for those considering a career in surgery. Programming is varied from day to day, and students are welcome to attend all or selected portions of this three-day program. The program is free to ACS Medical Student members who register in advance. Nonmembers will be charged a nominal registration fee. Learn about ACS Medical Student membership benefits.

Topics include exploring various lifestyle issues in surgery, decision making on the path to residency, navigating the residency application process, and interviewing successfully. Speakers include College leaders and surgical educators at both the medical student and resident levels. Students are able to practice some basic surgical skills and hone their interviewing technique in interactive sessions with surgeons, as well as network with specialty surgeons, residency program directors, surgical residents, and others.

Program Highlights

Sunday’s Program

Special features of Sunday’s program include an informal discussion on lifestyle issues in surgery entitled “Walk the Talk”: Work-Life Integration During Residency, followed by a presentation by Martha Zieger, MD, FACS. Later in the day, there will be a networking event with surgeon representatives from different surgical specialties and various practice settings. Residency program administrators will also be on hand to answer “nuts and bolts” types of questions for aspiring residents.

Also incorporated in this program is the Medical Student Program e-Poster Session, during which 48 medical students will present their research in one of three categories: clinical research; basic science research; or outcomes, innovation, or education research. Surgeon and resident volunteer judges will critique these presentations. First- and second-place winners in each category will be formally recognized during Tuesday’s program.

Download the e-Poster Schedule

Monday’s Program

Special features of Monday’s program will include a talk by Roy Phitayakorn, MD, MHPE (MEd), FACS, on technology in education. This will be followed by a presentation on the Boston Marathon Bombing from a surgical perspective by David R. King, MD, FACS, followed by comments from ACS President, Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS. Also featured will be a resident panel discussing decision making on the path to residency and beyond, and roundtable sessions for students to learn and practice knot tying and suturing, discuss elements of an effective personal statement, and learn more about the residency application process. 

Tuesday’s Program

Tuesday’s program will include a presentation by the Chair of the ACS Board of Regents Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS. This will be followed by a presentation by Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director, ACS Division of Education. After, students will learn the critical elements of the residency interview from an in-depth panel discussion, and will then practice their interviewing skills during an interactive session with surgeons. They will then have the opportunity to informally network with residency program directors.

For additional information, contact Katie McKenzie at or at 312-202-5404. 

Sponsored by the Committee on Medical Student Education.