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Opportunities and Resources

RAS-ACS Membership Committee Seeks Volunteers for Medical Student Projects

The RAS-ACS Membership Committee is working on developing content and engagement activities to support ACS Medical Student Members. Volunteers are needed for the following rotating positions:

  • Monthly discussion—Ask a question and facilitate a discussion on the ACS Communities Medical Student group. One volunteer is needed per month. Time commitment: One hour
  • Write content and record a podcast—Contact Heidi Hon for a list of open topics. Time commitment: 1.5 hours
  • Program champions—Identify yourself and your program as a champion for a medical student local to your program. Offer to host a “virtual hang-out” online in the fall.

Contact Membership Committee Chair Heidi Hon to volunteer.

RAS-ACS Education Committee Seeks Surgical Jeopardy Question Writers

RAS-ACS leadership is continuously looking for high-quality questions to add to our Surgical Jeopardy question databank. RAS-ACS is aware that some programs or individuals may have already developed or accumulated Jeopardy-style questions for educational purposes. RAS-ACS would greatly appreciate any new contributions, or access to existing databanks of questions, that individuals or institutions might be willing to share. These contributions will be graciously acknowledged at national and local competitions. Please submit questions and answers to the RAS-ACS Education Committee.

Apply for an Open Liaison Position

Three liaison positions are still open. If interested, you may select one of the three positions and apply for it, provided you have not yet submitted an application for another position during the first round of applications. Open positions are available on the:

  • Video-Based Education Committee
  • Advisory Council for Ophthalmic Surgery member
  • Board of Governors Physician Competency and Health Workgroup

The deadline to apply is August 31; apply online.

Stay Up to Date on RAS-ACS Elections

Members of the RAS-ACS standing committees are invited to participate in the committee elections. The Vice-Chair election will be held during the RAS-ACS Integrated Committee Session on Tuesday, October 24, at Clinical Congress 2017 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. The Secretary election will be held online in November.

The RAS-ACS has traditionally held the Secretary election for the RAS-ACS Executive Committee at Clinical Congress during the annual open meeting. This year RAS-ACS is moving to an open election. Watch for an e-mail ballot next month with selected candidates’ statements, pictures, and brief biographies. Help choose your next RAS-ACS leader!

Advocate for Cancer Patients at the Inaugural CoC Virtual Capitol Hill Day

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) has done an incredible job recognizing cancer care programs through their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient-centered care. To kick off the 2017 Cancer Programs Conference: Creating a Culture of Quality, September 8–9, Rosemont (Chicago), IL, surgeon-advocates around the country are invited to participate in the CoC’s 2017 Virtual Capitol Hill Day on September 8.

Aimed at advocating and protecting the future of quality cancer care, CoC’s first Virtual Capitol Hill Day will give College members and the consortium of professional organizations dedicated to cancer patients and the care they receive an opportunity to make their voices heard inside the halls of Congress via social media. With additional resources provided by ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) staff, advocates will be able to leverage CoC’s message, engage elected officials, and share stories on how these issues impact lives. For more information, contact DAHP staff Carrie Zlatos or Katie Oehmen. Follow us on Twitter @CoC_ACS!

Associate Fellows: New Standardized Reference Letter for Medical Students

As an Associate Fellow and faculty member, you may be frequently asked by medical students interested in a general surgery residency to write a letter of recommendation. Traditionally, there has not been any objective tool available for the surgeon to score the student's performance for the reader. The Board of Governor's Surgical Trainee Workgroup recently developed this standardized letter of recommendation to meet this purpose. It is meant to be used as an adjunct to the traditional personal letter of recommendation. The workgroup hopes that both the author and the reader of the letter find this new tool beneficial when evaluating candidates for your training program. You can find the letter template on the medical student resources page.

Participate in the Associate Fellow Workgroup

The newly formed Associate Fellow Workgroup (members of the ACS that are no longer in a training program yet have not attained Fellowship status of the American College of Surgeons [FACS]) recently met to define their purpose and develop a list of projects. The group will be defining programs and resources for Associate Fellows, along with opportunities for networking, engagement, and collaboration. A second call will be held this month to prioritize the list of projects. If interested in participating, please contact Alison Powers.

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