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Message from the Administrator


Spring has sprung! As the warmer weather brings the growth of spring plants and flowers, I am reminded of the many opportunities for growth available here at the College for Resident and Associate Fellows. This month’s newsletter features an essay contest as well as several scholarship and fellowship application opportunities. Read about the value of getting involved in your ACS Chapter as Steven Stain, MD, FACS, recalls his early ACS chapter experiences. Also sharing their experiences this month are Erica Ludi, MD, who discusses her global surgery fellowship, and Diane Haddad, MD, who discuses her time at the Leadership and Advocacy Summit.

Enjoy this month’s issue.

Alison Powers, MBA 
Administrator, RAS-ACS

Update from the Advocacy and Issues Committee

Julia ColemanThe RAS Advocacy and Issues Committee has selected a topic for the 2019 RAS Symposium at Clinical Congress: Shiftwork Surgery: Loss of Continuity or Sensible Balance of Responsibility? We are currently in the competitive process of selecting panelists. This committee has active subcommittees in the areas of firearm injuries, advance practice providers and payment patterns affecting GME, surgical trial participant diversity, and the opioid crisis. Lastly, we recently wrapped up the Leadership and Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, which commenced with a leadership workshop for RAS members and featured speakers including Andrew Resnick, MD, FACS; Dana Telem, MD, FACS; and Leigh Neumayer, MD, FACS. If you’re interested in joining a subcommittee or participating in the development of the RAS Symposium, please email me or join us on our conference calls on the first Wednesday of each month.

Julia R Coleman, MD, MPH

Vice-Chair, RAS-ACS Advocacy and Issues Committee