The Advocacy and Issues Committee is hard at work on the second episode of the “Arming with Knowledge: Building the Culture of Firearm Safety and Injury Prevention” podcast. Visit the RAS website to listen to the first episode. Registration opens soon for the ACS 2022 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, which will be held in person and virtually April 2–5. RAS members are invited to follow the RAS-ACS social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter), and look out for advocacy-related content on Sundays. Our committee encourages new RAS members to join in our monthly conference calls on the first Wednesday of each month. We welcome any innovative ideas to help advocate for both patients and the surgical profession. If you would like to be added to the invitation listserv, please email RASNews@facs.org.
The Associate Fellow Committee has produced a series of video interviews that give viewers a glimpse into the lives of subspecialists. The series explores why the subspecialists chose to become Fellows of the College and how ACS membership has supported their career journey from medical student/resident to ACS Fellow. In this month’s episode, we are featuring a conversation about urology.
Kirsten Greene, MD, FACS, professor and chair, University of Virginia, and Jyoti D. Chouhan, DO, PharmD, assistant professor, Oregon Health & Science University, discuss their experiences and considerations for urology surgeons with Lyndsey J. Kilgore, MD, assistant professor of surgery and breast surgical oncologist, University of Kansas Medical Center, and Haley Nadone, a first-year medical student at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.
The Communications Committee has chosen the topic for their August Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons takeover. The title is subject to change, but compilation articles from each of the five RAS Committees will address the subject of “Two Years Later: What Have We Learned during the COVID Pandemic.” Committees are forming their author teams now. If you are interested in contributing, attend an upcoming standing committee meeting. Send an email to RASnews@facs.org to join a committee.
The Education Committee is looking forward to Clinical Congress 2022 and 2023. If you have suggestions for sessions you would like to see presented at Clinical Congress 2023, please submit them to our portal. We will submit them on your behalf to the ACS Program Committee in May. Access the portal before March 28.
Check out the third webinar in the Financial Literacy Series. On Wednesday, February 16, the Education Committee will host Justin Willmott from WealthMD, who will discuss loan repayment. Topics to be covered during this hour-long webinar include:
Attendees will also receive a digital copy of the written primer that accompanies the webinar. Visit the RAS webinars web page for more information on this series.
The Membership Committee is planning a year-long walk through the various subspecialties in addition to covering topics of particular interest to medical students and resident interns. The hangouts will meet the first Monday of each month at 7:00 pm CDT (exceptions to this schedule are in July, August, and September).
The 2022 Hangout Schedule
ACS members must register to attend. Learn more on the RAS Hangouts web page.
The Executive Committee is forming an advisory committee to discuss Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as it relates to our work. If you’re interested in DEI, check out this online course offered by the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™. Drs. LD Britt, J. Wayne Meredith, and Karla Pugh discuss issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in surgery and surgical education.
The course is ideal for surgery chairs, core faculty, residents, and medical students. It’s free for ACS members and available through February 28. The course is designated for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
The ACS Patient Education committee has produced a toolkit designed to help surgeons prepare their patients for surgery and fully engage them in their postoperative care. RAS members are able to sign up for a complimentary 60-day trial. Create a free account to see if the patient education materials are helpful to you and your practice.
To order your 60-day free trial of the Patient Education Toolkit now, go to the ACS E-Store. The Toolkit will reside on your practice website, allowing your patients direct access to more than 200 surgical resources. Your patients can receive materials by email, text, or print. The full suite includes general surgery, cardiothoracic, vascular, colorectal, and pediatric full-color brochures, skills kits, and videos that can be easily viewed on tablets or smartphones. View the toolkit.
You will receive an email near the end of your trial asking if you’d like to continue your subscription for an annual fee of $200 and to provide feedback.
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Whitney Sutton, MD
Patient Education Committee Liaison