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Jo Shapiro, MD, FACSTopic: Dealing with toxic personalities

When: Monday, August 26, 7:00 pm (CT) 

Presenter: Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS

What you will learn: The session will focus on managing conflict with difficult personalities. You will learn to identify specific behaviors as well as develop communication and coping strategies to handle such personalities. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Characterizing behavior patterns of toxic personalities
  • Understanding one’s own emotional responses to toxic behaviors
  • Developing coping strategies to handle toxic behaviors

Register now!

Apply for RAS Executive Committee Secretary Position by July 31

RAS is seeking applications for the Executive Committee Secretary position. RAS members actively involved in a current or previous leadership position within RAS are encouraged to apply for secretary position of the RAS Executive Committee on the Governing Board. Find out more on this section of the website, and apply here.  

Renew or Transition Your Membership Today

To all Resident members who are continuing training for the 2019-2020 academic year and Associate Fellows: If we have a valid email address for you, you should have received email notifications that your 2019 dues balances are payable. You may log into your ACS profile to renew your membership and to update your contact information and training or professional status.

Are you completing your residency or fellowship training in 2019? Watch for email notifications to upgrade your membership to the Associate Fellow level. Current Resident members will have your Associate Fellow application fee waived, so if you apply now, you will receive your first year of Associate Fellow membership free.

Associate Fellows who meet the criteria for Fellowship are encouraged to apply to become a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Current Associate Fellows may apply online to become a Fellow or International Fellow and your application is free. To foster progression into ACS Fellowship, Associate Fellow membership is limited to surgeons who have been in practice for less than six years. Submit an application online today—it only takes a few minutes. The application requests basic information regarding education and training, licensure, board certification, and current hospital and academic affiliations—much of which already exists in your member record and will auto-populate in the application.

You will need your ACS website login information to submit an application or to pay your annual dues. If you do not have your login information, or if you have questions about transitioning your membership, contact the Resident and Associate Fellow membership staff at or 800-293-4029.

Apply for a Clinical Research Program Scholarship

Interested in learning about the methodology of design and implementation of clinical trials? Apply before July 31 for a surgical resident scholarship from the ACS Clinical Research Program to attend a didactic course on Designing and Running a Prospective Surgical Clinical Trial at Clinical Congress 2019.

The course is sponsored by the Clinical Research Program Education Committee and the Surgical Research Committee. The course chairs are Judy C. Boughey, MB, BChir, FACS; and Kamal M.F. Itani, MD, FACS.

Questions? Contact Amanda Francescatti at

Residents and Associate Fellows: Nominate a Mentor

Is there someone who has inspired you to become involved in the ACS and been a surgical mentor to you? If so, nominate him or her for the inaugural RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award!

The RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award was created to honor an outstanding Fellow who has had a marked impact on the engagement of a Resident or Associate Member of the College and has offered the support and encouragement necessary to build the strong foundation for a surgical career. Mentors from any surgical specialty are eligible for nomination.

Eligibility Criteria: Nominees should be a Fellow of the ACS, and nominators should be a Resident or Associate Member of the ACS. Multiple RAS members can nominate the same person.

Please be prepared to include the following in your nomination:

  • A nomination letter no longer than two pages single spaced, supporting the nominee’s efforts to engage young surgeons in the ACS and the impact this had had on the nominator. Examples of mentorship can include intellectual, social and/or moral support, and career development/advancement. 
  • Name, position, institution, and contact information of the nominee
  • Name, position, institution and contact information of the nominator(s)

 Questions can be sent to Submit your entry here by August 12.

Do You Have What it Takes to Make the Cut? 

RAS is calling for teams to demonstrate their operative prowess at the third annual "So You Think You Can Operate?" skills competition at the 2019 Clinical Congress in San Francisco this October!  

We are looking for eight teams from either an institution or a regional ACS Chapter to participate. Each team should consist of two residents: one junior resident (clinical years one through three) and one senior resident (clinical years four or five). The competition will be held on Sunday, October 27, from 3:00-5:00 pm. Teams must be available at this time. The winning team will receive a prize and national bragging rights for one year.

Team nominations must be submitted by U.S.-based surgical residency program directors or U.S.-based ACS leadership to this website before August 20.

The application requires the following:

  • Institution/ACS Chapter name and city/state
  • Names, cell phone numbers, email addresses, and clinical year designations of team members
  • Creative team name 

Final team selection will be announced the first week of September via email.  

Let’s scrub!

Offered by the American College of Surgeons Division of Education, Division of Member Services, and the Resident and Associate Society (RAS-ACS).

Attend a Congress Session on the Keys to Success for Employed Surgeons

As physician employment trends continue to shift from private practice to the institutional setting, surgeons must learn to navigate different job opportunities and understand the nuances associated with employment agreements. This session will provide valuable information for surgeons who are considering becoming employed by – or already work for – a hospital or health system. The session will be held October 30 from 8:30 am to 12:45 pm at Clinical Congress. More information about the session is available here.