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YFA Annual Mentor Program

Mentorship relationships provide a key role in advancement in one’s professional and personal goals. It is known than having more than one more effective. The American College of Surgeons Young Fellows Association (ACS YFA) has created a mentoring program to better address the needs of young surgeons.

Download the YFA Mentor Guide

Who Is Part of the Mentoring Team?

The three-person team is comprised of:

  • Early-career surgeon: An Associate Fellow (ACS member who is out of training, but not yet a FACS) who traditionally will serve as a mentee in this triad relationship or a Fellow within the first five (5) years of practice
  • Mid-level career surgeon: A young Fellow—ACS Fellow under the age of 45—who might serve as a mentor to the early career surgeon and a mentee alongside an advanced professional
  • Advanced professional or retiree: An ACS Fellow who holds a leadership position in the ACS

How to Become a Mentee

An advantage of membership in the ACS is interacting with leaders outside of your home institution who have had an impact on the field of surgery. By becoming more involved in the ACS and joining its leadership ranks you can have a greater impact in your field. The YFA Mentoring Program formalizes these connections by:

  • Helping you define how you want to lead
  • Accelerate your surgery career
  • Build a stronger network
  • Gain a resource for life

Areas of mentorship include:

  • Career development
  • Research
  • Work-life balance
  • Practice development
  • Transition to practice
  • Leadership development

If you are selected for the program and successfully complete it, you will receive first notice on leadership positions within the ACS.

How to Apply 

Mentee Application Process

This is an opportunity to develop a mentoring relationship with ACS leaders. Applicants should be:

  • Early career surgeons: An Associate Fellow Member (a young surgeon out of training and in the early years of practice, not yet FACS or a Fellow within the first 5 years of practice. Applicants in need of mentorship related to growing as a leader in ACS should apply.
  • Mid-level career surgeons: YFA members who are Fellows of the College who are under the age of 45. Applicants in need of mentorship related to growing as a leader in ACS should apply

Mentee responsibilities include:

  • Create an action plan with a schedule with your mentors
  • Initiate an introductory call with your mentor(s)
  • Commit to connecting with your mentors on a minimum of a quarterly basis
  • Complete an evaluation form at the conclusion of the program in October 2021

The application will require:

  • Contact information and identification on areas of compatibility with mentor
  • A brief personal statement outlining what the mentee is looking to gain from this program
  • Abbreviated CV (not more than 2 pages)

Apply to be a mentee

Mentor Application Process

Applicants must be Fellows of the College who are in the later stages for their career (more than 10 years in practice and older than 45 years of age) or retired.

Mentor responsibilities include:

  • Participate in an introductory call with your mentees
  • Commit to connecting with your mentees on a minimum of a quarterly basis
  • Assist the mentees in honing their mentorship goals, and help them identify specific steps to create an action plan
  • Complete an evaluation form at the conclusion of the program in October 2021

The application will require your contact information and areas of compatibility with mentee.

Apply to be a mentor

Notification

All applicants will be notified by August 15 regarding their participation in the program. We will do our best to match each applicant with an appropriate mentors but we cannot guarantee a perfect fit.

Questions

Please direct questions to Alison Powers at apowers@facs.org.