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Opportunities and Resources

Apply by January 17 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. Please 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 Friday, January 17.

Learn more and apply

Register for Our Upcoming Webinars

Jamie Jones Coleman, MD, FACSStress, Sleepless Nights, and Surgery: What Does It Mean for the Surgeon

Presented by Jamie Jones Coleman, MD, FACS
Monday, January 27, 2020 | 5:00 pm (Central)

Attendees of this webinar will get background information on the current state of burnout and depression in practicing trauma and acute care surgeons. The physiology of stress and sleep deprivation—and how it pertains to surgeons in light of current research—will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Describe physical and mental effects of sleep deprivation and chronic stress
  • Define heart rate variability

Register for Stress, Sleepless Nights, and Surgery

Sean Langenfeld, MD, FACS, FASCRSSocial Media and Online Reputation Management for the Young Surgeon

Presented by Sean Langenfeld, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 7:00 pm (Central)

This webinar will help young surgeons learn the best ways to understand current social media tools and how to use them for professional development. Discussion of tools will include LinkedIn, Doximity, Research Gate, Twitter, and Facebook.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to

  • Understand the benefits and opportunities that social media provides to young surgeons building a practice
  • Identify common pitfalls that occur and how these mistakes can negatively impact a surgeon's practice
  • Develop effective strategies for the consumer-driven market, including dealing with physician-rating websites
  • Formulate a simple and effective strategy for building a healthy online reputation

Register for Social Media and Online Reputation Management

ACS/Pfizer 2020 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards: Call for Nominations

The American College of Surgeons (ACS)/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards recognize and celebrate ACS Fellows and members whose altruism, vision, leadership, and dedication provide models to emulate and whose contributions have made a lasting difference. There are five award categories for which an individual can be nominated: humanitarian, domestic volunteerism, international volunteerism, military, and resident.

Nominations are open through February 15, 2020. On behalf of the Board of Governors Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup, we encourage you to consider nominating a deserving member of the ACS for the award.

Submit a nomination

Questions? Contact Natalie Bell at

Apply for a Liaison Position

Liaison to the Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) establishes standards, collects data, monitors treatment patterns, and develops educational interventions. This is a three-year position.

Apply for CoC Liaison

Liaison to the Video-Based Education Committee

The Video-Based Education Committee aims to develop educational videos across surgical specialties to educate the public, surgeons, and members of the surgical team. This is a three-year position.

Apply for Video-Based Education Liaision