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Message from the Administrator

Important work for important times. Please read through this month’s issue of Resident Member News for information that might be helpful to you. Stay in touch. Stay well.

Alison Powers
Administrator, RAS-ACS

Committee Updates

Education Committee

As numerous surgical residency programs nationwide disband their scheduled didactic education sessions in response to COVID-19, the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) Education Committee has launched a supplemental educational curriculum for surgical residents (registration is required). Project Quarantine: Surgical Education offers education topics paired with relevant SCORE modules, a landmark journal article, and didactic and surgical technique videos sourced from surgical educators across the globe (provided by our collaboration with the Quarantine Surgical Education YouTube channel). The curriculum is released weekly on the RAS-ACS Hangout website and includes a weekly one-hour hangout where relevant surgical cases are presented by RAS-ACS Education Committee members in a flipped-classroom, near-peer teaching model. Additionally, the RAS-ACS Education Committee has continued preparations for the So You Think You Can Operate Surgical Skills Competition and Surgical Jeopardy for Clinical Congress 2020, and our new Research Subcommittee continues to work on collaborative education research project designs. If you are interested in getting involved with any of our many ongoing projects, please join out monthly call!

Have you ever walked out of journal club without fully understanding why that paper was chosen? Have you ever found yourself falling asleep during detailed dissections of the methods of a journal article? Or have you ever read a paper above your level of expertise and couldn’t quite digest it? In a collaborative effort with Behind the Knife (BTK), the RAS-ACS Education Committee has just launched a new form of journal club on YouTube. The BTK/RAS-ACS Journal Cast aims to present the most clinically relevant details of seminal papers in surgery. We’re taking the big papers and boiling them down to what you need to know for you clinical practice.

Check out our pilot videos.

If you would like to contribute to this project, e-mail or!

Advocacy and Issues Committee

The Advocacy and Issues Committee is working diligently to prepare for the annual Clinical Congress Symposium on October 4, 2020. This year’s topic will center on resident unionization. Our panels of residents and faculty will debate whether unionization is an important tool to empower residents to advocate for their work conditions and wellness or if it undermines the patient-physician relationship and the surgical hierarchy. We have finalized our list of faculty panelists and are in the process of choosing our resident panelists. Residents interested in joining this debate may submit a brief essay on the topic online. The deadline for submitting resident essays has been extended to May 1. In addition to the symposium, we are working on several articles for the monthly Bulletin on topics ranging from diversity and inclusion in the surgical workforce to GME funding. If you are interested in hearing more or getting involved, join us for our meetings on the first Wednesday of every month via conference call!

Membership Committee

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Membership Committee has shifted the focus of our hangouts to provide a discussion forum for members. We are hosting weekly hangouts to “take a breath and decompress” while discussing the pandemic and current events, sharing what various institutions are doing, providing suggestions and resources, and checking in on each other to support our wellness and mental health. A list of upcoming hangouts is posted on the ACS website.

We are also working hard to put together a virtual graduation for our medical students; save the date for May 15!

We are revamping our Member of the Week Campaign to celebrate and introduce our RAS-ACS members. Contact us if you’d like to participate! E-mail Madeline Torres to get involved.

Communications Committee

Work continues on the August issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. Our theme for this year is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Each RAS-ACS committee will submit a compilation essay from their committee’s perspective on this topic.