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Associate Fellow News: September 2019

Welcome to Our First Issue

Welcome to the first issue of Associate Fellow News. You’ll receive an issue each month by e-mail with information about American College of Surgeons (ACS) benefits, opportunities for engagement, and issues that pertain specifically to Associate Fellows.


After you’ve received a few issues, please let us know what you think. We want to be sure we are meeting your needs and providing content that is helpful and useful. Please direct any comments to Alison Powers at or Shannon Castle at

If you’re interested in shaping the content of this newsletter and would like to serve as editor for the next year, please contact Alison or Shannon.

Enjoy this first issue!

Shannon Castle, MD
Vice-Chair, RAS-ACS Associate Fellow Committee

Meet the Associate Fellow Committee

The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) Associate Fellow Committee is new and driven to provide Associate Fellows with information on important topics that will help them grow in their new careers. If you are interested in joining, please send an e-mail to You’ll be added to the roster and will start to receive meeting invitations and minutes.

Shannon Castle, MDShannon Castle, MD
Pediatric Surgeon and Associate Trauma Medical Director, Valley Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, UCSF-Fresno
Vice-Chair, RAS-ACS Associate Fellow Committee
Madera, CA

Jyoti D. Chouhan, DO, PharmDJyoti D. Chouhan, DO, PharmD
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

Brittney Maloley-Lewis, DO, MBABrittney Maloley-Lewis, DO, MBA
General Surgeon
CHI–Kearney Clinic
Kearney, NE

Ashley D. Meagher, MD, MPHAshley D. Meagher, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Trauma and Emergency General Surgery
Surgical Critical Care
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Finding Your Way Around Clinical Congress 2019

The ACS Clinical Congress will be held in San Francisco, CA, October 27–31. This annual meeting features hands-on and didactic learning events, discourse on current research, networking opportunities, wellness events, and fun! Visit the ACS website to start planning your schedule, register before October 27 to save $115, and book your hotel to ensure you have comfortable accommodations. If you can’t attend the meeting this year, be sure to look up your local ACS Chapter and find out when their local meeting will be held. Chapter meetings offer educational credits and networking opportunities.

Become a Fellow graphic Clinical Congress events of special importance to all Associate Fellows:

Why Should I Become FACS, and How Do I Do It?
Tuesday, October 29, 12:00 noon–1:00 pm

Associate Fellow Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 29, 3:25–4:00 pm

If you are interested in getting more involved in RAS-ACS, please attend this session at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Continental Ballroom 1 & 2. The afternoon will start with the Executive Committee hosting an annual business meeting, followed by presentations from each of the five standing RAS-ACS Committees on their plans for the year. Elections for leadership positions will also be held. Please join us!

Speed Mentoring
Tuesday, October 29, 4:00–5:00 pm

Sign up to be mentored by an established surgeon leader.

Attending Clinical Congress? Don’t Miss These Sessions

Clinical Congress 2019This list of Clinical Congress sessions was hand-picked by Associate Fellow Ashley Meagher, MD, MPH. She included sessions on topics of interest to all Associate Fellows and to subspecialists in ENT, plastic surgery, and urology. You can search through all Clinical Congress 2019 sessions.



Surgical Practice

Subspecialty: ENT

Subspecialty: Plastic Surgery

Subspecialty: Urology

Networking Strategies (For Surgeons, Too!)

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know (and who knows you!). This expression rings true for many professions, and surgery is no exception. Here are five networking strategies to help cultivate a robust and beneficial network:

1. Attend events

Among the perks of membership in professional societies like ACS are invitations to various conferences, events, workshops, and seminars. In addition to the educational content, these meetings offer an opportunity to mingle with a wide range of peers. Pick a conference that is nearby or travel to a place you’re interested in visiting. Look outside your specialty once in a while to expand your perspective. Once at an event, introduce yourself to as many new people as possible, and be sure to wear your name badge and share your contact information.

2. Utilize social media

Before, during, and after events, social medial sites are a great way to keep up the connections you have made. Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date, include a recent photo, and optimize your page with keywords relevant to your page. Here are some tips from ACS members. Here’s a basic primer on social media for surgeons.

3. Make the most of informal opportunities

In addition to formal meetings and conferences, informal get-togethers such as class reunions, award ceremonies, and community events will also put you in touch with people who may be significant connections in the future. When you meet someone with whom you’d like to stay in touch, use their contact information or social media accounts to send a note saying it was a pleasure to meet them. Invite them to reach out to you if you can help them. Networking is a two-way street.

4. Be charitable

Community events offer many volunteer opportunities, so consider donating your medical expertise. Volunteering can offer you new experiences and introduce you to new people while enhancing your reputation and offering personal fulfillment opportunities. ACS Operation Giving Back offers local and global volunteer opportunities.

5. Accept locum tenens contracts

Using holiday weekends or available vacation time to accept a locum tenens opportunity allows you to step into a different practice setting in a different location. Once you’re on a job, you get to work alongside new colleagues, experience new settings to see what you prefer, and help fill in coverage gaps.

Writers Needed: 500 Words on “Advice on Transitioning to a New Practice”

Many young surgeons are starting their first job as a surgeon this month. What advice would you give your former self if you could go back in time and share words of wisdom, council, or encouragement? Please send your thoughts to by October 1.

Submit your advice