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Committee Reports

Advocacy and Issues

The Advocacy and Issues Committee is gearing up for the annual Clinical Congress Symposium this fall. We will be discussing the topic of resident unionization with a debate focused on whether unionization is a tool for empowering residents to advocate for their work conditions and wellness, or if it undermines the patient-physician relationship and the surgical hierarchy. We have reached out to leaders in the field who have graciously agreed to participate. Our annual resident essay contest has concluded, and we are in the process of reviewing essay submissions. One essay winner will be selected from the pro and con side of the debate to present at the RAS-ACS Symposium this fall.

In other news, we are in the final revision stages on an article addressing GME funding, and our project on a new podcast on firearm injury prevention continues to evolve with the help of ACS leadership.

The newest project headed by members of the Advocacy and Issues Committee along with other RAS-ACS leaders is the development of a survey to assess the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on surgical residents and resident education.

If you are interested in hearing more or getting involved in committee activities, join us for our meetings on the first Wednesday of every month via conference call!

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee has been hard at work on the RAS-ACS edition of the Bulletin (to be published at a later date) and on grading our annual RAS-ACS essay contest submissions (this year’s theme is Surgeon vs. Machine). Please continue to keep in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook!

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee team recently held a hangout geared toward residents applying to fellowship and discussed tips to prepare for a successful application and interview season. We have also been working hard with the Education Committee to hold a special virtual graduation for all of the medical students who matched into surgery or a surgical specialty. Given the recent transition to virtual interviews for fellowship and the possibility that this change may continue in the future, we are developing a hangout to discuss virtual interviews, the pros and cons of the process, and what to do and not do. Plan to join us on June 23 at 8:00 pm Central Time to talk about the things you wish you had known before starting residency and additional tips to succeed during your intern year. Lastly, keep an eye out for our Member’s Corner section in Resident Member News, and don’t forget to join us every third Wednesday of the month to catch up and find out about the projects we are working on. E-mail me at to find out how to get involved.