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YFA Communications Essay Contest Theme 2020: Transitioning to Mid-Practice

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Deadline: May 3, 2020

The YFA is accepting essays, 500–1,000 words in length, covering the theme, " Transitioning to Mid-Practice” through May 3, 2020. Essays may reflect personal experiences or philosophical thoughts on the topic. The YFA Communications Committee will review and judge all of the submitted essays. The winning entry will be published in the October issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. Outstanding submissions will appear in future quarterly YFA e-newsletters.

“While guidance and resources are abundantly available for career development and growth of young surgeons at the beginning of their careers, unfortunately, there isn’t much support available for young surgeons when they transition to mid-career. Perhaps because it is assumed that once one is beyond the early career phase, one has already learned the basics of career development. As it turns out, most of us need continued guidance and career advice throughout our careers. Essays should focus on your transition from early career to mid-career surgery -- How smooth it has been and if there are any things you wished you had known during the initial years of your career.”

Submit essays

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.” 

For more information, contact the Chair of the YFA Communications Workgroup, Amalia Stefanou, MD, FACS, at