March 15, 2022
Several positions still are available for the ACS Mastery in General Surgery Program for the 2022–2023 academic year. Surgery residents are encouraged to apply for positions that will begin this fall. Applicants may review the program profiles on the ACS website and apply to MasteryGS@facs.org.
We also are delighted to announce the new Medical Director of the Mastery Program: Preston R. Miller III, MD, FACS, professor of surgery and director of emergency general surgery at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, NC. Wake Forest has participated in the Mastery Program since its inception, with eight junior associates completing the program. Dr. Miller has served as the Mastery Program Chief during this time.
The Mastery in General Surgery Program launched in 2013 to provide graduating surgery residents with a personalized experience in clinical settings during their first year in practice. Individuals enrolled in this program serve as junior associates in general surgery practice environments, and the experiences are tailored to their individual needs and goals. The junior associate is given increasing autonomy during the year to advance surgical skills, decision-making, and case management under the watchful eye of a senior surgeon. In addition, junior associates learn about the business of medicine and acquire skills to succeed in the evolving healthcare environment. They receive specific feedback during the year and at the conclusion of the program.
Evaluation of the program outcomes has revealed a significant impact on the careers of the junior associates, and several associates have been recruited to the practices where they completed the year-long experience.
For more information, contact Rachel Williams Newman, MS, at MasteryGS@facs.org.