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Scholarships, Competitions, Awards, and Project Work

The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) sponsors and has access to a variety of scholarships, competitions, awards, and project work that Residents and Associate Fellow members can take advantage of and volunteer for.


Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award

Has someone inspired you to become involved in the American College of Surgeons and been a surgical mentor to you? If so, and you are a Resident Member or Associate Fellow of the College, nominate your inspiring mentor for the inaugural RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award.

The nomination period is now closed.

Learn more

Scholarships and Fellowships

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) presents scholarships focused on Residents and Associate Fellows. 

Scholarships for Residents

Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship (Associate Fellows are eligible to apply)

George H. A. Clowes, Jr., MD, FACS, Memorial Research Career Development Award

Learn about the 2019 Leadership Scholarship Award Recipients


Laura Goodman headshotRAS-ACS Communications Committee Essay Contest Winner

RAS-ACS Congratulates Resident Member Laura F. Goodman, MD, PGY-3, Pediatric Surgery, Loma Linda, CA, for her winning essay, Cut it Out: Changing the Status Quo. Dr. Goodman will receive a $500 cash award presented during the RAS-ACS Business Meeting on October 29 at Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco, CA. Her winning essay will be published in the January issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. Sponsored by the RAS-ACS Communications Committee, the essay contest attracted eight essays this year, and were judged by four committee members who rated the essays against a five-point scale using the following criteria:

  1. Technical use of vocabulary and grammar
  2. Language and writing style
  3. Reflection of ACS principles

Congratulations, Dr. Goodman!

ACS Case Reviews in SurgeryACS Case Reviews in Surgery Chapter Competition for Residents

The ACS is pleased to announce a new initiative that chapters can implement for their Resident members. The recently launched ACS Case Reviews in Surgery (ACS Case Reviews) publishes case reports in various surgical specialties six times a year. Chapters hold “case study contests” for residents and Fellows (residents can submit to ACS Case Reviews if an ACS Fellow is included as one of the case report authors.) Chapters would judge submitted entries, and the winner of the competition receives guaranteed review of the publication in ACS Case Reviews and a free one-year subscription to the journal (annual subscriptions are $125 with CME Credit and $75 without CME Credit).

Questions about the ACS Case Reviews in Surgery Chapter Competition can be directed to Whitney Greer, Managing Editor, Selected Readings in General Surgery and ACS Case Reviews in Surgery, at or 312-202-5698.

Project Work

The RAS-ACS sponsors a variety of committees that work on annual projects for the society during the year. As an ACS Resident Member or Associate Fellow, you are encouraged to get involved and join a RAS Committee.

Advocacy & Issues

This committee aims to promote grassroots legislative awareness and advocacy interest in ACS. Projects include:

  • Institutional and residency GME funding inadequacies
  • Annual Symposium at Clinical Congress
  • Firearm Ingury Podcast Series
  • Diversity in Surgical Trial Participants
  • Opioid Education

This committee holds an annual Essay Contest, and disseminates information to RAS members regarding all aspects of a surgical career through:

  • An e-newsletter
  • Annual essay competition
  • August Bulletin issue
  • Podcast creation
  • JACS social media journal club collaboration
  • RAS promotional videos
  • Social media

This committee investigates, discusses, and disseminates educational ideas and practices for all surgical disciplines related to training. Projects include:

  • Surgical skills competition, So You Think You Can Operate? at Clinical Congress annually
  • Surgical Jeopardy for chapters
  • Electronic Medical Record Survey
  • Panel Sessions for Clinical Congress
  • Landmark Papers online Journal Club, subcommittee of Behind the Knife Podcast

This committee works to increase members and member engagement in the College. Projects include:

  • International Scholarship Exchange
  • Member incentives, recruitment, and engagement
  • Monthly phone Hangouts on various topics
Associate Fellow


How To Become FACS session at Clinical Congress annually

Monthly Conference Call Schedule

Each committee meets one Wednesday a month via conference call at 8:00 pm Central.

  • 1st Wednesday: Advocacy & Issues
  • 2nd Wednesday: Communications
  • 3rd Wednesday: Membership
  • 4th Wednesday: Education

Contact and tell us which committee you would like to join and we will include you in the roster.