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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

Instructions for Authors

Resources in Surgical Education (RISE), implemented by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education, is designed to serve as an online, peer-reviewed resource for those involved in surgical education. Topics range from the teaching and assessment of medical students to residents and fellows. The focus is on brief and timely articles relevant to the everyday responsibilities and challenges faced by large and small programs based at university or community hospitals and medical schools.

Contributions are invited in the form of original papers either introducing a Hot Topic in surgical education or a Contemporary Review describing the current state of knowledge on the topic. Articles should be approximately 1,000 words (roughly three pages) and should include:

  • A description of specific objectives
  • A summary of learning points
  • A list of supportive references

Manuscript Submission

Electronic submission of manuscripts is preferred. Please e-mail files directly to Maura Sullivan at mesulliv@usc.edu with a copy sent to both Roy Phitayakorn at rphitayakorn@mgh.harvard.edu and Krashina Hudson at khudson@facs.org. Submissions will be acknowledged and sent to appropriate reviewers.

Articles are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are intended for publication solely on the RISE section of the ACS website and that they are neither under review nor have been published or committed to publication elsewhere. All articles are subject to editorial modification and revisions necessary to bring them into conformity with ACS RISE style and publication readiness.

Style and Format

Articles should be no more than 1,000 words in length, excluding tabular material or illustrations (target three pages). Articles should be written and submitted in a Microsoft Word file, double spaced with one-inch margins. Please review and turn off all tracked changes, and approve or delete comments before sending the document. Please do not convert the documents to PDF files.

Each article should include a title page. The title page should include full names of all authors and their degrees, academic and professional titles, and professional affiliations. An email address for the corresponding author is required.

References should be listed numerically in the text, with full citations to appear on a separate page at the end of the article. Please be sure to keep the references separate. References should follow AMA guidelines. Samples are as follows:

Journal Article - In Print

Mellinger JD, Damewood R, Morris JB. Assessing the quality of graduate surgical education training programs: Perception vs reality. J Am Coll Surg. 2015; 220: 785-789.

Journal Article—Online

Phitayakorn R, Minehart RD, Hemingway MW, Pian-Smith MC, Petrusa E. The relationship between intraoperative teamwork and management skills in patient care. Surgery. 2015; 158(5): 1434-1440. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2015.03.031.


Sullivan ME, Baker CJ. Employ a Structured Approach to Teaching Psychomotor Skills to Enhance Learner Performance. American College of Surgeons Residency Assist Page Website. https://www.facs.org/education/resources/rap/employ-a-structured-approach-to-teaching-psychomotor-skills-to-enhance-learner-performance. Published December 2010. Accessed June 20, 2016.

Chapter in a Book

Stefanidis D, Acker C. Skills and Simulation Curricula. In: Tsuda ST, Scott DJ, Jones DB, eds. Textbook of Simulation. Woodbury, CT: Cine-Med Publishing; 2012: 425-438.

Entire book

Clark RE, Estes F. Turning Research into Results: A Guide to Selecting the Right Performance Solutions. Atlanta, GA: CEP Press; 2002.

Tables, Figures, and Illustrations

Figures, tables, and, other illustrations are welcome as long as these resources add significantly to the author’s discussion in the text. Data display should be called a “Table” when presenting precise numerical values that show item-to-item comparisons. The term “Figure” should be used when presenting patterns or trends.

Photographs or other illustrative art should be supplied in an electronic (JPG, PNG, GIF, or TIFF) format, should have a resolution no less than 300 pixels per inch, or at least 1200 pixels in width. Anything less than that may not reproduce at publishing quality. Photographs pasted into a Word document are discouraged, as they do not always print at ideal resolution.

If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article.


Inquiries regarding potential articles for consideration, deadlines, submission of articles, author proofs, or style should be directed to Roy Phitayakorn, MD, MHPE (MEd), FACS, Co-Editor-in-Chief, ACS RISE at rphitayakorn@mgh.harvard.edu; or Maura Sullivan, MSN, PhD, Co-Editor-In-Chief, ACS RISE at mesulliv@med.usc.edu.