American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Associate Fellow News: January 2021

Raphael Sun

A Message from the Chair

Dear members of RAS-ACS,

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that you were able to take a step back from work and spend some quality time by yourself and with your loved ones. The new year opens up a new chapter for all of us, which gives us hope for a better future compared with 2020. Last year was filled with challenges surrounding the pandemic, both while working in the hospital and living our lives outside of it. We also saw continued social unrest as our nation deals with racial injustice. And while we are witnessing all of this, we must still go about our lives facing our own personal challenges of getting through residency, fellowship, or starting a surgical career.

As I sit in my office today, Martin Luther King Day, I reflect and hold on to hope. Dr. King once said, "The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land. Confusion all around. That's a strange statement, but I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars." More than 50 years later, it seems like this quote still applies. I invite everyone to continue to look forward and have hope.

We will get over this together. The COVID-19 vaccine is in distribution, and many of you have already received it. The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) Executive Committee is working to gather more information on PPE shortage issues and what our trainees are experiencing. With this information, we will work with the Board of Regents toward the goal of providing adequate PPE for everyone who is a frontline health care worker.

There is a lot of uncertainty that still lies ahead. Let us continue to stay united together as RAS-ACS. As always, please feel free to reach out to any one of us on the Executive Committee if you have concerns or questions that you would like to bring up. We will do our best to help you. Please stay safe and take care of yourselves.

Best wishes,

Raphael Sun, MD
Chair, RAS-ACS