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YFA Advocacy Essay Contest

The YFA is accepting essays, 500–1,000 words in length, through February 12, for the 2016 Advocacy Essay Contest. Participants should express their ideas regarding What it takes to be great through advocacy. Essays should describe how the surgeon currently uses or plans to use advocacy on the local, state, or national level to achieve greatness in organized medicine. The YFA encourages participants to use personal examples of advocacy experiences.

The YFA Advocacy & Issues Workgroup will review and judge all of the submitted essays. The winning essayist will receive a $500 stipend to support travel to attend the 2016 Leadership & Advocacy Summit and have the registration fee for the Summit waived. The winning submission will be published in a digital issue (July 2015) of the Bulletin. Outstanding submissions will appear in future quarterly issues of YFA E-News. The winner will be notified by March 1.

Submit essays to The YFA represents all ACS Fellows ages 45 and younger and seeks essays from surgeons in this age group as well as those who are "young at heart.”