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Opportunities and Resources

Communications Committee Essay Contest

The Communications Committee essay contest is accepting applications until May 1. The topic is Surgeon versus Machine: Evaluating the Role of Artificial Intelligence and Innovative Technology in Surgery

The Advocacy and Issues Committee is accepting applications through May 1 for its annual Symposium Panel presentation. The winning essay on either side of the debate (pro or con) on the topic of Resident Unionization could earn you a place on the Symposium Panel Session at Clinical Congress 2020 in Chicago, IL. 

Spectacular Cases is an annual session held during Clinical Congress. Seven essays are chosen for presentation during this M&M-style session. Essay submissions will be accepted through May 3.

Volunteer with Operation Giving Back

In anticipation that the COVID-19 crisis will continue to escalate throughout the U.S., Operation Giving Back has devised a plan to collect names of available volunteers, identify their skill sets, and map this information where it may be used for rendering medical assistance in areas of need. If you are willing to volunteer in any capacity, please take the COVID-19: How Can I Help? Survey, and we will contact you if your skill set(s) match the needs for potential opportunities. Do not hesitate to let us know about areas of acute need in your area.

As you may know, many states have recognized the need for additional aide and have called on volunteer health care professionals to serve in their communities during this unprecedented time. As a result, licenses have been expedited and temporarily reinstated, telehealth policies have been loosened, and state volunteer portals have been created to streamline workforce reentry. We encourage you to review the ACS COVID-19 State Volunteer Resources page to learn where you are able to use your skill sets based on these temporary policy changes.

Share Your Story

The ACS wants to hear how COVID-19 is affecting you, both professionally and personally. Share your story or experience to help ensure the College can continue to advocate on your behalf. And spread the word via social media. Use #ACSCOVID19 in all social media messages and to link those messages to ACS communications.

ACS and the Well-Being of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is committed to fostering well-being, resilience, and work-life integration for surgeons at every career stage. The ACS has curated tools and resources to help surgeons stay healthy, engaged, and physically and mentally strong to support their professional pursuits and provide optimal care to patients. One tool ACS offers as a free resource to resident surgeons is the Physician Well-Being Index. This validated, confidential tool provides an opportunity to better understand your overall well-being and identify areas of risk. Your personal score can be compared with physicians and residents across the nation. The tool is 100 percent anonymous—your information and score is private, and your individual score will not be shared with anyone, including the ACS.

Mindfulness Webinar

Earlier this month, Sharmila Dissanaike, MD, FACS, FCCM, presented tips to destress amid everyday stress and anxiety. Dr. Dissanaike has 20 years of practice in mediation and trauma surgery, and shares her story, pictures of her puppies, and walks you through a 2-minute mediation all in this 30-minute webinar. Check it out here.