Several positions are still available in 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 submit an application to MasteryGS@facs.org.
The Mastery in General Surgery Program was launched in 2013 to provide graduating surgery residents with a personalized experience in clinical settings during the first year in practice, with close mentoring from senior surgeons. The program is intended to provide a valuable experience during the transition from residency to independent practice and focuses on launching the careers of general surgeons. Individuals enrolled in this program serve as junior associates in general surgery practice environments, and the experiences are specifically 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 the senior surgeon. In addition, junior associates learn about the business of medicine and acquire skills to succeed in the evolving healthcare environment. They are provided specific feedback during the year and at the conclusion of the program.
Evaluation of the program outcomes has revealed a major 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 additional information, contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE, at email@example.com; Linda K. Lupi, MBA, at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Rachel Williams Newman, MS, at MasteryGS@facs.org.
Nominate yourself or a colleague for volunteerism efforts. Awardees will be honored at the ACS Clinical Congress 2022. There are six award categories for which an individual can be nominated:
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An excellent method for RAS members to contribute to the ACS organization is by selecting and preparing content for ACS publications. This is an open Call for Volunteers for any RAS member with interest. What are the opportunities?
If you have interest in these areas, please contact Lewis Flint, MD, FACS, in the ACS Division of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rami Kantar, MD, MPH, a general surgery resident in Baltimore, MD, received the Resident Volunteerism Award in October 2021 for his work providing logistical support, surgical and clinical services, and capacity building with the Global Smile Foundation, which offers comprehensive cleft care in underserved countries around the world. Dr. Kantar is an active member of the RAS Advocacy and Issues Committee.
Since 2013, Dr. Kantar, University of Maryland Medical System–R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, has been volunteering with the foundation, which focuses on areas of need, underserved patient populations, and geographical areas significantly affected by geopolitical instabilities and conflict. Dr. Kantar helps to organize and provide logistical support to all missions, and he has provided surgical care to address cleft lip and palate repair in approximately 10 missions to Beirut, Lebanon; San Salvador, El Salvador; and Peru. These areas have been experiencing high rates of poverty and political unrest, and the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the already existing backlog of untreated patients with cleft lip and palate.
On his missions, Dr. Kantar and his teams have provided both primary and secondary cleft lip repair and cleft palate repair. Other surgical services provided include scar revisions, complex facial tissue rearrangements, and surgery for velopharyngeal insufficiency and speech deficits. These missions include surgical, dental, speech, and language pathology, as well as psychosocial services, and Dr. Kantar has worked as a liaison to link patients to each in his organizational role.