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RAS-ACS State of the Union

Check out the new projects and accomplishments made by RAS-ACS Committees this year!

Presented by RAS-ACS Chair Naveen Sangji, MD, MPH, University Hospital, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, at the 2020 ACS Board of Regents Member Services Liaison Committee Meeting on June 5.

Quality Improvement Projects Needed

2020 ACS Quality and Safety ConferenceDo you have a quality improvement project and/or research you want to share on a national stage? Submit an abstract by June 24 to the 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference, to take place virtually July 24–27.

RAS-ACS will be hosting a session featuring QI work by RAS members from across the country and is currently accepting abstract submissions for this special session. Abstracts should relate to surgical quality improvement initiatives including the development, implementation, or validation of best practices. Abstracts should be 250 words maximum, with the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions. 

Abstract submission due by 11:59 pm Central on June 24. Late submissions will not be considered. Abstracts will undergo a peer-review process that will focus on the following criteria: quality and originality of work, significance and applicability to improving surgical care, relevance to quality improvement and best practices, completed research, and clarity of writing. The submitting author will be notified by June 26 and authors will be provided instructions on a 7-minute video presentation creation and submission at that time. Video presentations will be due by July 13. 

Submit your abstract

Please upload your abstracts with primary author's contact information at the end of the document. Please email if you have any questions. 

2020 RAS-ACS Communications Committee Essay Contest Winner

Tyler Loftus, MDRAS-ACS congratulates Associate Fellow Tyler J. Loftus, MD, a faculty member of the University of Florida trauma and acute care surgeon team, for his winning essay, “Artificial Intelligence in Surgery: A Call to Action.” Dr. Loftus will receive a $500 cash prize. The contest attracted eight essays this year. Essays were judged by four committee members who rated them against a five-point scale using the following criteria:

  1. Technical use of vocabulary and grammar
  2. Language and writing style
  3. Reflection of ACS principles

Congratulations, Dr. Loftus!

Apply for Scholarships and Other Opportunities

2020 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship

Basic Requirements
The Organ Fellowship is available to a U.S. or Canadian member of the ACS in any of the surgical specialties who meets the following requirements:

  • Is a member of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, or the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association
  • Is a Fellow or Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Is no more than 45 years of age on the date the application is filed

Gerald B. Healy, MD, FACS, Traveling Mentorship Fellowship

Basic Requirements
The Gerald B. Healy, MD, FACS, Traveling Mentorship Fellowship will be used to facilitate visiting and engaging with one or more successful mentors. The award, in the amount of $5,000, will be used by the traveling fellow to cover travel and per diem costs incurred and subsidize lost revenue from days away from clinical duties.

  • Applicants must be graduates of schools of medicine who have completed their surgical training.
  • Applicants must be U.S./Canadian Fellows or Associate Fellows of the American College of Surgeons no higher than the rank of associate professor.
  • Mentors must be U.S./Canadian Fellows of the College or, if in a non-surgical field (for example, microbiology, anatomy) or a non-medical field (for example, business, law), they must be appropriate for the research and education needs of the applicant.

Dear Intern Letters Due July 15

Share your tips for success with incoming residents. With the start of a new academic year just around the corner, many members are transitioning into different roles—some still within the framework of residency, some out of residency entirely. We are looking for your wisdom to share with your younger selves and others as you look back on your intern years through a more experienced, wiser lens. Share some helpful tips, words of encouragement, or advice with a bit of grit. Send your letter of 750 words or fewer to by July 15.