American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Opportunities and Resources

Membership Committee Seeking Hangout Leaders

RAS-ACS HangoutsWe are looking for leaders for Phone Hangouts starting in January. If you are interested in leading one of these hour-long sessions, please contact me for more information and to schedule the hangout.

Proposed topics for 2020 include:

  • Reflections and tips regarding the match process
  • Volunteer experiences
  • How to get involved in research/get published
  • The art of networking
  • Surgery interest groups (SIGs): The value of getting involved in a SIG during medical school
  • Preparing/best tips for a successful residency experience

Madeline B. Torres, MD
Chair, Membership Committee
General surgery resident, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Apply Now for the 2020 Summit Resident Travel Award

Leadership & Advocacy SummitWe are pleased to offer again this year a limited number of scholarships to Resident Members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) who are interested in attending the upcoming Leadership & Advocacy Summit, which is taking place at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC, March 28–31, 2020. The ninth annual Summit is a dual meeting that offers volunteer leaders and advocates specialized educational sessions focused on effective surgeon leadership, interactive advocacy training, and coordinated visits to Congressional offices.

This scholarship award will cover up to $500 in housing and transportation costs. The award may also include your registration fees, but it may NOT cover food/beverage charges, as all meals are provided at the conference. Note: You must be a U.S. Resident Member in good standing with the ACS to be eligible for one of these scholarships. Applications are due by January 10, 2020.

Leadership Scholarships Deadline Is January 4

RAS-ACS is accepting applications for the 12th annual Leadership Scholarships available for Resident Members and Associate Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The scholarships cover tuition, travel, and subsistence for one of several ACS courses and will be awarded competitively to four young surgeons who best exemplify an important mission of RAS-ACS—developing future leaders for the field of surgery. The available courses are:

Applicants should be prepared to submit:

  • A letter of request detailing the reasons for applying and the desired course
  • A letter of support from the applicant's program director or department chair confirming that the applicant will be able to have time away from the department to attend the course (if in private practice, indicate "not applicable")
  • A letter of support from a colleague, mentor, or other staff person supporting the individual's application (Associate Fellows only)
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Basic contact information

Apply today

The deadline for receipt of applications is 4:00 pm (Central), January 4, 2020. No exceptions will be made for late or incomplete applications. Once all applications are received, the executive committee will review them and select one individual for each course.

The Jeannette and H. Peter Kriendler Charitable Trust has supported the College since 2004 with grants dedicated to training young surgeons through the RAS-ACS Leadership Scholarship Award.

Submit an Abstract for the 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has issued a call for abstracts to be presented at its 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference, July 24–27, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 2, 2020.

Individuals at participating sites are encouraged to submit a 250-word abstract for poster and/or podium presentation. The abstract should relate to surgical quality improvement initiatives, including the development, implementation, or validation of best practices within one or more of the ACS Quality Programs.

Please note: Abstracts that have been submitted or recently presented at other meetings are eligible for presentation at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference. Previous presentation of a paper does not prohibit the presentation or publication of the material at the Quality and Safety Conference.

Lifebox Safe Surgery and Anesthesia Fellows Program 2020

Lifebox has developed a Safe Surgery and Anesthesia Fellowship to engage trainees and provide support and mentorship as they engage in global surgical improvement efforts. We have had two surgical trainee fellows over the past three years who have had a robust and productive research and program implementation experience in Ethiopia. Three fellowships are now available to surgical and anesthetic trainees at any level (including all surgical specialties, including obstetrics). The fellowship will include an annual $5,000 honorarium as well as travel and work expenses.

We are looking for highly motivated, engaged, and creative individuals willing to spend at least one year (but preferably two) in-country working on implementing novel improvement programs. Our target country work focuses on Ethiopia and India, with other potential sites depending on the applicant and where upcoming efforts of the organization are focused.

Details of the position can be found online. Applications are being accepted now on a rolling basis, with the goal of having secured three fellows by this December. Please spread the word and share this opportunity with your networks. If you know of individuals who would be a good fit for this work, please forward this opportunity to them.