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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

Choosing a Specialty: Rural Surgery

Monday, June 17, 8:00 pm (Central)

Are you interested in rural surgery? Join Drs. Laura Stearns and Mike Sarap—members of the ACS Rural Surgery Advisory Council—and Dr. Alisha Reiss to discuss the ins and outs of rural surgery.

During this hangout, we will discuss the following:

  • Why chose rural surgery?
  • What is a rural surgeon?
  • Rural surgery shortage
  • Rural surgery residency tracks


  • Mike Sarap, MD, FACS
    Cambridge, OH
  • Alisha Reiss, MD, FACS
    Greenville, OH
  • Laura Stearns, DO
    PGY-3 Western Michigan School of Medicine, Kalamazoo

GME Funding Possibly 15,000 Training Spots? Let’s Talk About It!

Monday, June 24, 8:00 pm (Central)

What do you think of the challenges and difficulties faced in creating new training programs and the new initiative, spearheaded by the AAMC, for 15,000 new GME training spots? Will the number of residency positions be increased in specialties likely to face shortages?

During the hangout, we will tackle questions like:

  • How many surgeons are needed for America's patients?
  • How many should we train?
  • And how are new residencies funded and allocated?


  • Madeline Torres, MD
    Rockville, MD
  • Vamsi Aribindi, MD
    Houston, TX

Social Media

Monday, August 5, 8:00 pm (Central)

During this hangout, the discussion will cover the strengths and applications of different platforms, and how they might be useful at different points in our careers to empower young surgeons to find ways social media can support career goals and make life easier and more enjoyable. This will be an open discussion.


  • Heather Logghe, MD
    Reno, NV
  • Frances Boulos, MD
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Yewande Alimi, MD
    Washington, DC

Choosing a Specialty: Urology

Monday, August 12, 8:00 pm (Central)

Are you interested in urology? Join Drs. Woodrow Smelser and Josh Broghammer to discuss the ins and outs of urology as a specialty.

During this hangout, we will discuss the following:

  • Why I chose a career in urology
  • Future directions in urologic surgery
  • Applying into urology fellowship


  • Woodrow Smelser, MD
    Kansas University School of Medicine, Kansas City
  • Josh Broghammer, MD, FACS
    Kansas University School of Medicine, Kansas City