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Medical Student Program

Medical Student Program

Day 1: Sunday, October 27, 11:30 am–6:00 pm

Day 2: Monday, October 28, 1:00–6:00 pm

Day 3: Tuesday, October 29, 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 medical students considering a career in surgery. Programming is varied from day to day, and students are welcome to attend all or selected portions of the 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. Please note that attendance is limited, and early registration is strongly suggested.

Topics will include exploring various lifestyle issues in surgery, decision making on the path to residency, navigating the residency application process, and interviewing successfully. Speakers will 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.

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Program Highlights

Sunday’s Program

Special features of Sunday’s program will include an informal discussion on lifestyle issues in surgery, as well as a panel highlighting various options for professional development years during residency. 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” 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.

Monday’s Program

Special features of Monday’s program will include a talk on innovation in surgery by Thomas M. Krummel, MD, FACS. This will be followed by a presentation on the triage of victims from the YouTube Headquarters shooting from a surgical perspective by Andre R. Campbell, MD, FACS. This will be followed by comments from ACS leadership. Medical students in years 3 and above will be welcomed to a resident panel discussing decision making on the path to residency and beyond as well as an interactive session providing teaching tips for rising residents, while more junior students will be welcomed to attend round-table sessions 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 presentations by ACS leadership, after which students will learn the critical elements of the residency interview from an in-depth panel discussion and 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.