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Applying for a Liaison Position

The American College of Surgeons Young Fellows Association (ACS YFA) is currently seeking volunteers to serve on a variety of ACS committees and Board of Governors Workgroups. Most terms are three years and will begin in October 2017. Please review the descriptions for each group below, which includes a summary of responsibilities and expectations, and contact us if you are interested in serving. All applications will be reviewed by the YFA Nominations Committee and notifications will be sent in August. All candidates must be able to serve up to a three-year term without aging out of YFA (turning 45 years of age.) Nominations are open to both men and women, and the YFA encourages representation by individuals of diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

Interested individuals should submit an application by 5:00 pm (CST) on July 3.

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Application Requirements

  • A statement of interest. State which position you are applying for and why you feel you are suited for this position and what you feel you can contribute.
  • Summary of curriculum vitae. Must be in a Word document and no more than 2 pages.

ACS Committees (5)

Scholarships

The Scholarships Committee promotes and administers the College’s research scholarship, fellowships, and awards. Successful candidates will have had experience as a scholarship awardee (not necessarily of ACS).

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to serve an initial three-year term, 2017–2020 (without turning 45 years of age)
  • Attend one in-person meeting annually (in conjunction with the annual ACS Clinical Congress)
  • Contribute to committee initiatives

Travel to in-person committee meetings is not reimbursed.

Committee on Diversity Issues

The mission of the Committee on Diversity Issues is to study the educational and professional needs of underrepresented surgeons and surgical trainees and the impact that its work may have on the elimination of health disparities among diverse population groups. Successful candidates will be Young Fellows interested in advancing the role of diversity in the ACS.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to serve an initial three-year term, 2017–2020 (without turning 45 years of age)
  • Attend any in-person meetings annually
  • Contribute to committee initiatives

Travel to in-person committee meetings will be reimbursed.

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee is responsible for identifying, evaluating, and recommending positions on federal legislation and policy issues that come before the U.S. Congress with the potential to affect the needs, interests, and roles of surgeons and surgical patients. Successful candidates will be Young Fellows interested in advancing the role of federal legislation and policy issues in the ACS.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to serve an initial three-year term, 2017–2020 (without turning 45 years of age)
  • Attend any in-person meetings annually
  • Contribute to committee initiatives

Travel to in-person committee meetings will be reimbursed.

Committee on Ethics

The Committee on Ethics addresses and prepares for ethical issues the American College of Surgeons may face. Nominations are open to both men and women, and the committee encourages representation by individuals of diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to serve an initial three-year term, 2017–2020 (without turning 45 years of age)
  • Attend any in-person meetings annually
  • Contribute to committee initiatives

Travel to in-person committee meetings will be reimbursed.

General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee (GSCRC)

The GSCRC represents and acts in the interests of general surgeons and their clinical practices regarding regulatory, legislative, and other issues that impact coding, billing, and reimbursement for general surgical services. The ideal GSCRC YFA liaison would have an interest in coding, physician reimbursement, practice management and policy issues affecting physician payment.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to serve an initial three-year term, 2017–2020 (without turning 45 years of age)
  • Attend any in-person meetings annually
  • Contribute to committee initiatives

Travel to in-person committee meetings will be reimbursed.

Board of Governor Workgroups (4)

ACS Board of Governors Workgroups meet annually at the Clinical Congress and Leadership & Advocacy Summit. Expenses to attend in person meetings are not reimbursed.

Chapter Activities International

The mission of this workgroup is to serve as an advocate for all of the College's International Chapters, and monitor and report on the International Chapters' activities, resources, and issues.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to serve an initial three-year term, 2017–2020 (without turning 45 years of age)
  • Attend any in-person meetings
  • Contribute to workgroup initiatives

Travel to in-person committee meetings is not reimbursed.

Best Practices

The mission of this workgroup is to create and disseminate guidelines developed from well-accepted, peer-reviewed best practices on topics relevant to the surgical community and the patients we serve.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to serve an initial three-year term, 2017–2020 (without turning 45 years of age)
  • Attend any in-person meetings
  • Contribute to workgroup initiatives

Travel to in-person committee meetings is not reimbursed.

Health Policy and Advocacy

The mission of this workgroup is to identify public policy issues and concerns affecting surgeons and our patients and identify those on which the College should focus its attention and resources. In addition the workgroup develops action plans to address issues, expand and monitor mechanisms by which the College makes surgeons, patients and the public aware of our health policies and agendas, and develops and maintains mechanisms by which legislative and regulatory issues can be addressed in a timely and effective manner.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to serve an initial three-year term, 2017–2020 (without turning 45 years of age)
  • Attend any in-person meetings
  • Contribute to workgroup initiatives

Travel to in-person committee meetings is not reimbursed.

Grassroots Engagement

This workgroup’s mission is to enhance bidirectional communication between the American College of Surgeons leadership and fellows regarding important legislative and regulatory issues affecting surgical patients, surgeons and their practices, and society.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to serve an initial three-year term, 2017–2020 (without turning 45 years of age)
  • Attend any in-person meetings
  • Contribute to workgroup initiatives

Travel to in-person committee meetings is not reimbursed.

For questions, please contact youngfellows@facs.org. Thank you.