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Medical Student Program

Medical Student Program

Save the Date for 2020!

The ACS Division of Education will offer a similar program to that which was offered in 2019 (see information below for an overview of that program).

The 2020 Medical Student Program will take place in Chicago as part of the broader ACS Clinical Congress. The dates for the Medical Student Program are:

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Registration for this program will open in June 2020. We will update this page closer to the date with additional information.

2019 Medical Student Program Overview

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 invited students from all four years of medical school to participate in this program designed specifically for medical students considering a career in surgery. Programming, as always, varied from day to day.  Students were welcome to attend all or selected portions of the three-day program.

The annual Medical Student Program is free to ACS Medical Student members who register in advance. Nonmembers are charged a nominal registration fee. Learn about ACS Medical Student membership benefits. Please note that attendance has in the past been limited, and early registration is strongly suggested.

Topics from 2019 included exploring various lifestyle issues in surgery, decision making on the path to residency, navigating the residency application process, and interviewing successfully. Speakers included College leaders and surgical educators at both the medical student and resident levels. Students practiced some basic surgical skills and honed their interviewing technique in interactive sessions with surgeons, as well as networked with specialty surgeons, residency program directors, surgical residents, and others.

Download the Medical Student Program brochure

Program Highlights

Sunday’s Program

Special features of Sunday’s program included 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 was a networking event with surgeon representatives from different surgical specialties and various practice settings. Residency program administrators were also on hand to answer “nuts and bolts” questions for aspiring residents.

Also incorporated in this program was 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 critiqued these presentations. First- and second-place winners in each category were formally recognized during Tuesday’s program.

Monday’s Program

Special features of Monday’s program included a talk on innovation in surgery by Thomas M. Krummel, MD, FACS. This was 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 was followed by comments from ACS leadership. Medical students in years 3 and above were 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 were 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 included presentations by ACS leadership, after which students learned the critical elements of the residency interview from an in-depth panel discussion and then practiced their interviewing skills during an interactive session with surgeons. They then had the opportunity to informally network with residency program directors.

For additional information, contact the Medical Student Program Administrator at 312-202-5404.

Sponsored by the Committee on Medical Student Education.