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RAS-ACS International Exchange Program

This program provides two U.S. members of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) an opportunity to travel to one of two countries to attend that country’s surgical society meeting and learn about the surgical opportunity and system abroad.

We are now accepting applications for 2019–2020!

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About the Program

This program took root in 2011 initially through the ACS International Relations Committee. RAS-ACS currently coordinates exchanges with Australia and Ireland.

Generous Support

This opportunity is made possible by the generosity of the RAS-ACS. The participants will be given a stipend and the airfare will be covered. This program is reciprocated with the participating host nations. This is a great opportunity to foster international relations and promote international friendship.

International Exchange Program at Clinical Congress 2016

Dr. Hardaway

Listen as members of the Resident and Associate Society (RAS) interview International Exchange Program (IEP) scholars who attended Clinical Congress 2016 in Washington, DC. Each year, international scholars travel from their home countries to attend the annual ACS Clinical Congress, while scholars from the U.S. travel to attend the equivalent surgical congress abroad.

In this podcast, we hear about the differences in training paradigms around the world from our scholars Shirley Potter (Ireland), Christine Goh (Australia), and Andrea Peloso (Italy). We also speak with Edward Shipper, the current RAS Communications Vice-Chair and recent IEP scholar, regarding his experience attending the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress last May.

John C. Hardaway, MD, PhD, is the Chair of the RAS-ACS Communications Committee and is a chief resident in general surgery at Michigan State University.

Listen to the podcast

Scholar Reports

U.S. Scholar Justin Barr Attends the Joint Congress of Italian Surgeons

Italian Exchange Scholar Serena Musetti Finds ACS Clinical Congress an Enriching Experience

U.S. Scholar Alejandra M. Casar Berazaluce Experiences an Eventful RACS Annual Scientific Congress

John Bergquist Makes Lasting Connections at Italian Surgical Congress

Irish Scholar Tara Ní Dhonnchú Shares Her Experience at Clinical Congress

Italian Scholar Laura Bersigotti Attends Her First Clinical Congress

Constantine Saclarides Visits the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Anthony Feghali Shares His Experiences in Surgical Education with ACS Italy Chapter

Joe Forrester Focuses on Sustainable Overseas Collaborations

Shirley Potter Enjoys Excellent Exchange Experience at Clinical Congress

Christine Goh Focuses on Resident Training at Clinical Congress

Andrea Peloso Aims to Achieve the Best Practical Care

Edward Shipper Observes Training Paradigms in Australia

Laura Goodman Visits ACS-Italy Chapter and Observes Italian Training

Tarik Sammour Shares Excellent Clinical Congress Experience

Giammauro Berardi Recounts His Time at Clinical Congress

Shane Morrison on Global Surgery at Clinical Congress 2015

Rory Kennelly Shares His Clinical Congress Highlights

Ammara Abbasi Watkins Shares Her Experience in Australia

Ali Zarrinpar Sees Duty-Hour Restrictions in Italy

Leigh Anne Dageforde Shares Her Visit to Ireland

David Hampton Sees Similar Residency Challenges in Lebanon Amongst Unfamiliar War Challenges