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Opportunities and Resources

Apply to Be a RAS Liaison

RAS is currently seeking volunteers to serve on a variety of ACS Committees, Advisory Councils and Board of Governor Workgroups. Most terms are three years and will begin in October 2017. Please review the descriptions for each opportunity and submit an application if you are interested in serving. You are only allowed to apply for one position. Submit an application by July 31.

Register for 10th Annual ACS AEI Postgraduate Course

The 10th annual ACS-Accredited Education Institutes (AEI) postgraduate course, called “Breaking Down Silos to Build Interprofessional Excellence,” will take place September 8–9 at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland. Register by August 28!

OHSU Simulation is one of 95 ACS-AEIs that uses simulation-based technology to educate and train practicing surgeons, surgical residents, medical students, and members of the surgical team.

The first day of the course will feature a special keynote presentation on coaching by the assistant coach of the Portland Trailblazers basketball team, as well as immersive presentations from OHSU faculty who will showcase simulation efforts used to develop competency across multiple health care disciplines and professions. On the second day, attendees will explore the technical skills and cognitive-based training centers through interactive workshops while taking in the scenic Portland landscape.

Visit the ACS website to view the program, register for the meeting, and reserve a hotel room. Residents receive a discounted registration rate. The deadline to book within the College’s discounted room block at the new Hyatt House is August 6. For details, contact Cathy Wojcik, Manager, Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes, at

Residents: Recruit New Members and Win a Free Trip to Clinical Congress 2017!

For every resident that you get to join ACS between now and July 1, 2017, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a free trip! Be sure to mention to your prospective member the importance of selecting your name when completing the online application. For more information, visit the Member Get-a-Member webpage or contact

New Teaching Aids Available for Faculty 

The ACS Board of Governors Surgical Training Workgroup has developed new educational resources for members, particularly for those practicing in nonacademic settings. 

Each module has been produced as a downloadable PowerPoint presentation and provides detailed strategies for resident and medical student teaching.

  • Teaching Millennials covers strategies for teaching young surgeons born between 1980 and 2000
  • Giving Constructive Feedback defines feedback and addresses why it’s important, discusses obstacles to providing effective feedback, and offers suggestions for providing feedback in real-world situations
  • Intraoperative Teaching covers techniques for surgical teaching in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative settings
  • Clinical Teaching: The Teachable Moment provides strategies for effectively educating students and residents

The modules are available on the ACS website. If you have any questions or comments regarding these teaching aides, please contact Connie Bura at

New Standardized Reference Letter for Medical Students Applying to General Surgery Programs

Faculty members are frequently asked by medical students interested in a general surgery residency to write a letter of recommendation for them. Traditionally, there has not been any objective tool available for the surgeon to score the student's performance for the reader. The Board of Governor's Surgical Trainee Workgroup recently developed this standardized letter of recommendation to meet this purpose. It is meant to be used as an adjunct to the traditional personal letter of recommendation. The Workgroup hopes that both the author and the reader of the letter find this new tool beneficial when evaluating candidates for your training program. You can find the letter template on the medical student resources page.

Apply for a Scholarship to an OGB Course at Clinical Congress

Operation Giving Back (OGB) is hosting a one-day course, “Global Health Competencies for Surgeons: Cognitive and System Skills,” to be offered as a postgraduate course during the 2017 Clinical Congress. OGB is offering scholarships for this course for residents. Apply by July 31. The course will be held 8:30 am–4:00 pm on Saturday, October 21.

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