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Opportunities and Resources

Read the Winning Essay of the RAS-ACS Essay Contest

This month we applaud Joshua Goldman, MD, who was the winner of the RAS-ACS Communications Committee Essay contest. You can read Dr. Goldman’s essay in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons here.

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Use the Physician Well-Being Index

The American College of Surgeons cares about your well-being. We invite you to utilize our latest member benefit, the Physician Well-Being Index. This validated tool is an opportunity to help you better understand your overall well-being and identify areas of risk compared to physicians across the nation. We will also provide you with access to local and national resources. The tool is 100 percent anonymous—your information and score are private and your individual score will not be shared with ACS or anyone else.

Learn how to use the tool here. Upon accessing the Index for the first time, you will need to register. Once you've registered, proceed to the assessment screen. It should take no more than two minutes of your time to complete and your results will be available immediately. The Well-Being Index tracks your results over time so you can retake the assessment periodically to track your progress. This allows you to correlate changes in well-being results to life and practice events. Based on your index results, the tool provides resources when they're needed the most.

If you have any questions, please contact

Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS
Director, Division of Member Services, American College of Surgeons

Register Now for the Leadership and Advocacy Summit

Registration is now open for the 2019 Leadership and Advocacy Summit, March 30–April 2, 2019, in Washington, DC. Make plans to attend this dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provide ACS members with topics focused on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to congressional offices. 

Speakers and topics are still being solidified for Monday’s leadership sessions, but here’s what you can expect:

  • How to Get to the C-Suite 
  • Raising Physician Performance with Coaching
  • Negotiating Contracts and Employment Agreements 
  • How to Close the Deal: Executing and Implementing Innovative and Impactful Ideas in Your Practice
  • Remarks from the Surgeon General 

As you make travel plans, please plan to arrive in time to attend RAS-ACS specific events on Saturday afternoon and evening:

Saturday, March 30 3:00–5:00 pm, Meeting Room 16

RAS Workshop – A Resident-focused leadership workshop for ACS members attending the 2019 ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit

7:00–8:30 pm, District Chophouse and Brewery

RAS-ACS Social
– A networking event for RAS-ACS members will be held to celebrate the opening of the 2019 ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit. Complimentary food is available and your first drink is on us!

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Join a Resident Phone Hangout

Phone in to a hangout on Monday, March 25, and learn how to be a leader in your residency program. The presenters, Mohammed Al Fayyadh, MD, and Raphael Sun, MD, will discuss how to manage different leadership styles, effective ways to create a better learning experience for residence, how to foster camaraderie and wellness, and more. There’s no need to register for this hangout; just phone in at 7:00 pm!

Call-in: 888-585-9008 | Room: 549242585#

Participate in a Survey on Trainee Debt

Trainee debt is a major issue faced by surgical residents, and recent news reports have uncovered significant gaps in educational loan forgiveness programs. Help us better understand the issue by filling out a questionnaire sponsored by the surgery education office at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. It will take about 10 minutes to complete and is totally anonymous. We value your responses, which will be published to increase awareness and address the significant issue of educational debt in our community. Thanks for participating!

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Ellen Jones, MD, general surgery resident, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. Dr. Jones and Kareem Abdelfattah, Program Director at UTSW, are working on a project to target surgical residents and gaps in educational loan forgiveness programs.

Non-U.S. Members: Participate in a Call with the RAS-ACS Chair

The RAS-ACS leadership would like to know if international RAS-ACS members would be interested in talking with the RAS-ACS Chair on a phone call. The 60-minute phone call would be an opportunity for members to ask questions, talk to the leadership and other members, and find out more about RAS-ACS and its activities. Please fill out the survey here to let us know if you are interested. The survey will close March 1, 2019. Thank you.