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RAS-ACS Hangouts

RAS-ACS Hangouts

How to Join a Hangout

No need to preregister, just phone in!

Call-In Number: 888-585-9008

Room: 549-242-585#

Upcoming Hangouts

Escalating Workplace Violence in Healthcare

Monday, November 11, 2019, 7:00 pm (Central)

We will discuss the culture in health care—is it still a “code of silence,” one that still accepts violence, or is it being addressed by administration? We will also discuss how to stay compliant with OSHA and not get our workplaces into trouble, as well as the use of de-escalation techniques and their effectiveness, and pending legislation, H.R. 7141—Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act.


  • Robert Winfield, MD, FACS
    Associate Professor of Surgery; Division Chief, Acute Care Surgery, Trauma, and Surgical Critical Care, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Stephanie Bonne, MD, FACS
    Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers
  • Madeline B. Torres, MD
    Chair, RAS-ACS Membership Committee


Medical Student Mistreatment

Monday, November 11, 2019, 8:00 pm (Central)

During this hangout, we will discuss:

  • Have you suffered or witnessed a colleague undergo mistreatment during your training?
  • Do you know how to respond to mistreatment?
  • Should you/how do you report mistreatment?


  • Madeline Torres, MD
    General Surgery Resident, Penn State


Choosing a Specialty: Colorectal Surgery

Monday, January 6, 2020, 8:00 pm (Central)

Are you interested in colorectal surgery? Join our hour-long call to hear about the ins and outs of colon and rectal surgery as a specialty.

During this hangout, we will discuss:

  • Why choose colorectal surgery?
  • How do I become a colorectal surgeon?
  • Sub-specialization within colorectal surgery
  • Academic and private practice colorectal surgery


  • Gerald Gantt, Jr., MD
    Assistant professor of surgery, division of colon and rectal surgery, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Melissa Alvarez-Downing, MD, FACS, FASCRS
    Assistant professor of surgery and assistant program director, general surgery residency, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark; and department of surgery - colorectal surgery, University Hospital, Newark, NJ
  • David Beck, MD, FACS, FASCRS
    Professor of surgery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN