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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Become a Member
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Membership Benefits
ACS
Clinical Congress

Medical Student Program

Overview

The ACS Division of Education invites students from all four years of medical school to participate in this in-person program designed specifically for medical students considering a career in surgery. Programming varies from day to day, and current medical students are welcome to attend all or select 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. Medical students who wish to attend this program must register for both Clinical Congress and the Medical Student Program and be a current medical student. Please note that attendance is limited, and early registration is strongly encouraged.   

Some of the planned presentations and activities are listed below: 

  • How to Be a Cut Above
  • Mastering the Surgical Residency Interview
  • Skills Workshops
  • Mock Interview Practice
  • Networking with Specialty Surgeons, Program Directors, and Surgical Residents

Medical Student membership is only $20 and covers all years of medical school. Please note that it may take 1-2 weeks for your application to be reviewed and approved.

Schedule

Day 1: Sunday, October 16, 2022, 11:15 am to 6:00 pm PT

Day 2: Monday, October 17, 2022, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm PT

Day 3: Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm PT

e-Poster Session: Sunday, October 16, 2022, 2:15 pm to 4:05 pm PT

Sunday

Special features of Sunday’s program will include a discussion of the multifaceted nature of surgery, as well as a panel highlighting various options for professional development during residency. Later in the day, there will be a networking event with surgeon representatives from different surgical specialties and practice settings.

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.

Monday

Special features of Monday’s program will include a talk about how to be a cut above during surgery clerkship, residency, etc. This will be followed by a presentation titled “How Will PDs Select Residents Now?” by Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS. This presentation will be followed by comments from ACS President-Elect, E. Christopher Ellison, MD, FACS, MAMSE. Medical students in years three 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. More junior students will be welcomed to join roundtable 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

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

Contact

For additional information about the ACS Medical Student Program, please contact Cassie Buchignani at (312) 202-5289 or cbuchignani@facs.org

COVID-19 Information

The American College of Surgeons requires that all registrants, faculty, exhibitors, guests, and staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to meeting attendance unless otherwise prohibited by applicable law. The ACS has partnered with CLEAR Health Pass for COVID-19 status verification.