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Resident and Associate Society

For surgical trainees and young surgeons, 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 for participation in ACS affairs, fosters development and use of your leadership skills in organized surgery, and provides opportunities for your opinions and concerns as young surgeons and trainees to be heard by College leadership.

FIRST Trial Comments


RAS-ACS welcomes release of study results from the FIRST Trial.

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Why FIRST Trial Results Are So Important

Frank R. Lewis, MD, FACS, American Board of Surgery Executive Director, explains how flexibility in duty hours benefits residents and their patients.

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Summit Resident Scholarship

The ACS is offering a limited number of scholarships to Resident Members interested in attending the Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2016. This award is intended to cover up to $500 in expenses, such as registration fees, travel, and hotel costs. Scholarship recipients must participate in one or two advocacy or ACS membership conference calls or webinars within six months after the Summit.

The deadline to apply is February 12.

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Spectacular Cases in JACS

Seven of the more than 150 submitted multidisciplinary spectacular cases presented by RAS members at Clinical Congress 2015 are available on the JACS website. During the session, residents and panelists challenged each other with reviews of procedures and processes for the care of a patient. To access the cases, log in to the ACS website, then click on JACS Online under Publications > Journal of the American College of Surgeons. On the JACS website, click on February 2016 at the top and scroll down to Spectacular Cases.

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Resident Leadership Course

Residents as Teachers and Leaders
April 29–May 1, 2016

Mid- to senior-level surgery residents, this course will train you to teach effectively, lead successfully, and how to apply these skills after residency.

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International Scholar Spotlight

Dr. Morrison

RAS-ACS encourages and supports members to experience surgical meetings within and outside our national borders. Read Dr. Shane Morrison’s account of his Clinical Congress 2015 experience and his heart for global surgery.

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