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Associate Fellow News: March 2021

A Message from the Chair

Raphael SunDear Fellow RAS-ACS Members,

Last year, we dealt with national protests after the Breonna Taylor and George Floyd incidents. We saw the racial disparities faced by Black Americans and other underrepresented minorities all while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. And now recently, it saddens the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) leadership to read about the microaggressions, hate crimes, and physical attacks directed at Asian Americans, specifically related to the spread of COVID-19. This surge of hate-filled attacks towards Asian Americans of all ages and backgrounds have left many anxious, fearful, angry, and helpless.

Last year, the Board of Regents put out a Task Force Report of Recommendations on Anti-Racism. We wanted to share that report with all of you once again.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a top priority for RAS-ACS and the ACS. As the executive committee, we fully support our members regardless of race, color, or natural origin. We should continue to be examples to others inside and out of the hospital. Racism affects us not only in our working environment but also in our day-to-day activities. We are all leaders and can make an impactful influence within our own community. We invite the members of RAS-ACS to unite and stand against microaggressions, racial slurs, or attacks. There are no simple solutions to the problems that our nation currently faces, but we can be good bystanders and citizens and do what is right. As RAS-ACS members, we can stand in solidarity as leaders and as surgeons to educate the community and hopefully reduce these unfortunate incidents from happening again.

As always, please feel free to reach out to the RAS-ACS Executive Committee. We are here to help.

Best,

Raphael Sun, MD
Chair, Resident and Associate Society

A Message from the RAS-ACS Executive Secretary

Julia ColemanThank you to all those who filled out the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) survey on the effects of COVID-19 on your personal and professional experience and the survey on personal protective equipment (PPE) inadequacies. Our findings suggest that lack of adequate PPE access is a real, ongoing problem facing residents. This inadequacy has implications not just for patient care, but also for resident wellness, burnout, and depression. The national COVID-19 relief plan signed by President Biden includes more money for PPE. It is important our voice is heard in supporting more funding for PPE for health care providers. Reach out to your senators today to voice your support of the COVID-19 relief plan and additional funding for PPE access in future relief packages! You can find your representatives on the SurgeonsVoice website and can contact lawmakers via the scheduling tool.

Julia R. Coleman, MD, MPH
General Surgery Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado Health Science Center
Secretary, RAS-ACS Executive Committee
RAS-ACS Liaison to the Committee on Trauma