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Committee Updates and State of the Union

Update from the Advocacy and Issues Committee

Christopher McNicoll

Through our annual essay contest, the Advocacy and Issues Committee has selected two residents to participate as panelists at the 2019 RAS Symposium at Clinical Congress. Jessica Rea, MD, a third year resident at the University of California San Francisco East Bay general surgery residency program; and Lili Sadri, MD, a second year resident at the Abington (PA) Hospital-Jefferson Health general surgery residency program; will join Kenneth Mattox, MD, FACS; Sharmila Dissanaike, MD, FACS; and Barbara Bass, MD, FACS, on the panel. The second place authors, Venkat Ramakrishnan, MD, and Suy sen Hung Fong, MD, will also have their essays published in the ACS Bulletin. Additionally, our committee members recently completed Bulletin article submissions to outline and describe the upcoming RAS Symposium. The articles also explore the topics of wellness and resident resiliency as the training paradigm has changed over the past century. Our subcommittees are currently working on projects covering topics like firearm injury, diversity in surgical trials, payment patterns affecting GME funding, and the opioid epidemic. Join us on our conference calls on the first Wednesday of every month, or email me if you are interested in participating in any of our ongoing projects.

Christopher McNicoll, MD
Chair, Advocacy & Issues Committee

Update from the Communications Committee

Chrystal Johnson-Mann

Thank you to everyone that submitted essays for the annual RAS Essay Contest, hosted by our committee. We read a lot of great essays! Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner in July. We would like to welcome Erin Bayley, MD, general surgery resident at Baylor College of Medicine, as our new RAS E-News coordinator. Welcome Erin!

We are requesting submission of op-ed essays to be considered for publication in the monthly RAS E-News. Essays should not exceed 750 words and should center on a topic of interest to you as a current resident or Fellow. If you’re interested in submitting an essay, please email for more information!

Lastly, our monthly conference calls take place at 9:00 pm (ET) on the second Wednesday of the month. We would love to have you join us. If you’re interested in participating, please email for more information.

Chrystal Johnson-Mann, MD
Chair, Communications Committee

RAS-ACS State of the Union

Rebecca HoffmanCheck out the new projects and accomplishments that RAS-ACS committees were involved in this year!

RAS Board Report 2019

Presented by Rebecca Hoffman, MD, MSCE
Chair, RAS-ACS
2019 ACS Board of Regents Member Services Liaison Committee Meeting
June 7, 2019

You are invited to engage in projects through our RAS-ACS committees. Our standing committee conference calls are staggered by week:

  • First week of the month: Advocacy and Issues Committee
  • Second week of the month: Communications Committee
  • Third week of the month: Membership Committee
  • Fourth week of the month: Education Committee