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Resident and Associate Society

Get InvolvedFor 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.

Surgeon Leaders, Is the Profession Prepared?

Satiani BhagwanWhether you are helping training leaders or are a leader in training, becoming an effective and influential leader is important to your personal career as well as to the overall profession. RAS-ACS has invited Bhagwan Satiani, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE, to speak at Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2017. He will talk about “Why Preparing Physician for Leadership Positions in Medicine is a Challenge.” Dr. Satiani is a co-author of the book “The coming shortage of surgeons: Why they are disappearing and what we can do about it,” and his current research concentrates on faculty retention and physician workforce shortages. Make sure to also check out Dr. Paula Ferrada’s Principles of Leadership webinar.

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Essay Contest


The RAS-ACS Communications Committee is accepting submissions for our annual essay contest, which focuses on how to “Be True to the Profession, Be True to Yourself.” The deadline to submit is 5:00 pm (CST), May 1.

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On Entering Practice

Daniel Klaristenfeld, MD, FACS, offers advice to residents and young surgeons entering practice. "The advice I would give myself is to be patient," says Dr. Klaristenfeld.

Spectacular Cases

Spectacular Cases

You are invited to submit ONE case worthy of a discussion at the annual Spectacular Cases panel at Clinical Congress 2017 by 5:00 pm (CST) on April 30. Seven spectacular cases will be selected.

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Fostering Collaboration

RAS-ACS provides a great environment for you to meet like-minded people and foster collaboration.