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Resources for Residents and Associates


RAS-ACS is developing a series of podcasts to highlight various subjects of interest to trainees and young surgeons new in their practice. 

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.

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Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2016 Highlights

In our first podcast, Erin M. Garvey, MD, highlights the Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2016. This podcast is brought to you by the RAS-ACS Communications Committee. Tune in to hear highlights from the lectures and feedback from resident and fellow attendees.

Dr. Garvey

About Erin MacKenzie Garvey, MD

Dr. Garvey is in her final year of general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She earned her MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and will start a pediatric surgery fellowship at Phoenix Children's Hospital in fall 2016. She has been an active member of the RAS-ACS and is currently serving as Chair of the Communications Committee.

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ACS Resources

Stay up to date with the newsletter of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS). RAS E-News is a quarterly newsletter that will keep you abreast of committee happenings, scholarship and essay contest deadlines, and educational opportunities.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) develops educational programs specifically geared to the surgical resident. Check out and register for educational programs focused on residents.

Many scholarships offered by the ACS and other health care organizations are focused on the resident. Review our scholarships and apply.

So You Want to Be a Surgeon

Surgeons and Medical Liability Reform: A Guide to Understanding Medical Liability Reform

RAS-ACS International Exchange Scholar Reports

Surgical Trainee Debt and Debt Forgiveness

Helpful Resources

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education—ACGME has compiled a listing of accredited residency programs and other helpful resources.

ACGME Resident Data Collection Log—the Residency Review Committee for Surgery's CPT code-based Internet surgical case log.

American Medical Association (AMA)

FREIDA Online—an American Medical Association database containing information on approximately 7,500 graduate medical education programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), as well as information on 200 combined specialty programs.

AMA-RFS (American Medical Association - Resident and Fellow Section)—Residency and fellowship vacancies - not limited to surgery, but a useful source for finding residency and fellowship openings.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®)—a service that transmits residency applications, letters of recommendation, Dean's Letters, transcripts, and other supporting credentials from medical schools to residency program directors using the Internet.

ERAS Participating Specialties and Programs

AAMC Educational Debt Management Services

National Resident Matching Program

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is a confidential ranking and selection of applicants to residency positions. It manages the Main Residency Match and the Specialties Matching Service each year.