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Meetings and Events

The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) sponsors a variety of sessions targeted to the residents and young surgeons at both the Clinical Congress and the annual Leadership and Advocacy Summit. In addition, RAS-ACS highlights various events and educational opportunities of interest to Residents Members and Associate Fellows.

Clinical Congress 2015

2015 RAS-ACS Symposium: Take Part in the Debate! 

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

Social media has 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. While social media represents an unprecedented way of engaging colleagues and patients, it also poses challenges and even threats to professionalism and privacy. What should physicians do when they get "friend requests" from their patients? Should attending surgeons be Facebook friends with their residents? How much information about their private lives should/must physicians disclose publicly or on the web?

This year's RAS Symposium on social media will take place at the ACS Clinical Congress 2015, Sunday, October 4, 3:00–5:30 pm at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.

We invite ACS Resident Members and Associate Fellows to join the debate by submitting their opinions on the following: Is social media a threat to surgeons' professionalism and privacy or essential for current surgical practice? 

First place winners in both the "Threat" and "Essential" positions will be invited to present their viewpoints on the topic. Second place finishers for each position will have their submissions published in the ACS Bulletin

Submission Information

All submissions must be submitted to rasnews@facs.org.

For residents, all submissions must be formatted into one PDF file, and include the following:

  1. Name
  2. E-mail address
  3. PGY-level
  4. Name of program
  5. City and state where program is located
  6. Maximum 1,000-word paper. References are strongly encouraged.
  7. Please indicate if your paper is “Threat” or “Essential.”

For Associate Fellows, all submissions must be formatted into one PDF file, and include the following:

  1. Name
  2. E-mail address
  3. Title
  4. Name of institution where you are working
  5. City and state where institution is located
  6. Maximum 1,000-word paper.  References are strongly encouraged.
  7. Please indicate if your paper is “Threat” or “Essential.”

Submissions are due by 5:00 pm CST on May 18. No exceptions for late entries. 

For submission and questions, please e-mail RASNews@facs.org.