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RAS-ACS Leader

For surgical trainees and associate fellows, the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) serves to familiarize you with College programs and leadership. RAS-ACS provides you with an avenue to participate in ACS affairs, to develop and use your leadership skills in organized surgery, and to voice your opinions and concerns as Associate Fellows and trainees to College leadership.


The Governing Board of RAS-ACS includes the immediate past Chair, the Chairs of the Standing Committees, and Representatives to the Advisory Councils.

How Do I Participate in RAS-ACS?

Membership in the RAS-ACS is composed of Resident Members and Associate Fellows of the College.

Connect through the work of the standing RAS-ACS committees.

Apply for an ACS committee, Board of Governors workgroup, or Advisory Council liaison.

Resident Member Requirements

  • Graduation from an ACGME-accredited medical school, or a medical school acceptable to the American College of Surgeons
  • Current status as one of the following:
    • A resident enrolled in an accredited training program focused on one of the following surgical specialties: colon-rectal surgery, gynecologic oncology, neurological surgery, obstetrics-gynecology, ophthalmic surgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, general surgery, thoracic surgery, urology, or vascular surgery
    • A surgeon in a surgical research or surgical fellowship program acceptable to the ACS

Associate Fellow Requirements

  • Graduation from a medical school acceptable to the ACS
  • Completion of an accredited surgical residency in the U.S. or Canada but less than six years in practice
  • A full and unrestricted license to practice medicine
  • Current engagement in a second surgical residency, a research program, a fellowship, or in a surgical specialty practice in the U.S. or Canada with time limits as determined by the ACS
  • Interest in pursuing professional excellence, as an individual surgeon and as a member of the surgical community

How Do I Get Elected to the Governing Board?

A nominating committee is convened annually to select candidates for the position of Secretary, which eventually succeeds to Chair. The nominating committee shall consist of four members—the Immediate Past Chair, the current Chair, the Vice-Chair, and Secretary.

It is important you get involved in RAS committees before you start thinking about the Governing Board.

Use the menu to the left to navigate through the various ACS leadership opportunities.


  • Officers will serve three successive one-year terms, with election to the position of Secretary that succeeds to the position of Vice-Chair and subsequently to Chair.
  • Election to the position of Secretary is held at the annual Clinical Congress.



  • Spokesperson for RAS-ACS, providing a voice for the Society with the Board of Regents and the College leadership.
  • Oversees volunteer leadership of the organization and fostering the ideals identified in the mission statement of the Society.
  • Presides at all meetings of RAS-ACS.
  • Attends the Board of Regents meetings to act as a liaison between the Board of Regents and RAS-ACS.
  • Appoints members to special and standing committees of the Society as needed.


  • Assists in the performance of the duties of the Chair as the Chair may direct.
  • In the absence or inability of the Chair to act as Chair, the Vice-Chair shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the Chair.
  • In conjunction with the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall be invited to attend all meetings of the Board of Regents.
  • The Vice-Chair succeeds to the position of Chair at the conclusion of the one-year term.


  • Responsible for the tabulation and reporting of the results of election of new Governing Board members.
  • Prepares meeting minutes of the Executive Committee meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Chair.
  • The position of Secretary shall succeed to the position of Vice-Chair at the conclusion of the one-year term.

Time Commitment

The time commitment can vary depending on what you decide to get involved in. For example, if you join one of the four committees: Advocacy & Issues, Communications, Education or Member Services, you can expect to work on projects, participate in conference calls, and potentially meet face-to-face.