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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.

RAS-ACS Symposium

Social Media—Threat to Professionalism and Privacy, or Essential for Current Surgical Practice?

Social media have become an integral part of our private and professional lives. Hospitals, practices, and individual surgeons have websites, blogs, and Facebook accounts, and many surgeons are avid users of Twitter. We invite Resident Members and Associate Fellows to participate in the debate by submitting a paper declaring your position of "threat" or "essential."

The symposium will take place on October 4. All submissions are due May 30.

  Submission Details


Dr. Zarrinpar

International Exchange Scholar Sees Duty-Hour Restrictions in Italy

Read about Ali Zarrinpar’s, MD, PhD, experience at the 116th National Congress and how he traveled to Italy only to find that duty-hour restriction issues he thought were unique to U.S. residents travel across country borders.

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RAS E-News

RAS E-News provides updates on your society, educational opportunities, advocacy information, and much more. Read the latest news for Residents and Associate Fellows. 

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Get Involved


Because our members are spread across the country—and outside the U.S.—each of the four committees meet once a month on a web conference call to talk about project work. These video meetings allow relationship building, instant collaboration, and increase productivity during our hour-long meeting.

Join us Wednesdays at 9:00 pm EST. Contact for a RAS-ACS committee meeting schedule and log in information.

How Do I Get Involved?


  • Volunteer as a committee or task force member
  • Vote in an election
  • Submit or review an article
  • Publish a paper
  • Present at a conference or educational event
  • Attend a chapter meeting
  • Speak at a chapter meeting