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RAS Essay Contest: Be True to the Profession, Be True to Yourself

The RAS Communications Committee wants to know: Has there been a time in your training or career when you found yourself in conflict (or agreement) between your personal morals and values and the duties and responsibilities of the surgical profession? Whether this was a clinical situation where you disagreed with the chosen treatment, a moment where your inclinations and influence were limited by station or rank, or you otherwise had to resolve internal and external tensions due to differences in race, creed, or ethos. How did you overcome these challenges? Submit a 1–2 page essay to for a chance to be featured on social media and in the Bulletin. Submit your essay by April 1.

Submit Abstracts for Medical Student and Surgical Resident Competition

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has issued a call for abstracts to be presented at its 2017 Quality and Safety Conference, July 21–24, at the New York Hilton Midtown, in New York, NY. Medical students and surgical residents are encouraged to submit their research for the competition. The primary author will be awarded a valuable prize and invited to present at the conference. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 20.

Nominations for 2017 ACS/Pfizer Awards Due February 28

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2017 Surgical Volunteerism Award(s) and Surgical Humanitarian Award. All nominations must be received by February 28.

The ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism Award—offered in four potential categories annually—recognizes surgeons who are committed to giving back to society by making significant contributions to surgical care through organized volunteer activities. The Resident award is intended for Resident Members and Associate Fellows of the College who have been involved in significant surgical volunteer activities during their postgraduate surgical training.

The nomination website can be accessed through the Operation Giving Back section of the ACS website. For more information, contact OGB at

Register for the ACS Surgical Simulation Meeting

The ACS Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI) Surgical Simulation Meeting (formerly known as the AEI Consortium Meeting), will take place March 17−18 at the Swissôtel Chicago, IL. The AEI Consortium, sponsored by the ACS Division of Education, is a global network of 95 ACS-AEIs that use simulation-based technology to educate and train practicing surgeons, surgical residents, medical students, and members of the surgical team. Meeting sessions will examine various aspects of simulation-based training, such as coaching the next generation using simulation and linking simulation to institutional quality improvement and risk management.

 The deadline to register is March 10. Visit the ACS website to view the preliminary agenda, register for the meeting, and reserve a hotel room. For more information about the meeting or the AEI Program, contact Cathy Wojcik, Manager, Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes, at

Submit Abstracts and Videos for Clinical Congress 2017

You may now submit abstracts for the Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum at Clinical Congress, October 22–26, in San Diego, CA. The Scientific Forum offers researchers the opportunity to present the results of their original, basic science, clinical, education, health sciences, and translational research. The last day for submission is Wednesday, March 1, at 5:00 pm (CST).

Clinical Congress 2017