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Committee Updates

Update from the Advocacy and Issues Committee

Christopher McNicollThe RAS Advocacy and Issues Committee has identified the topic for the 2019 RAS Symposium at Clinical Congress: "Shiftwork Surgery: Loss of Continuity or Sensible Balance of Responsibility?" The committee is actively searching for faculty speakers and a moderator for the Symposium and welcomes all ideas from RAS members. A call for essays to select RAS member participants for the Symposium can be accessed here.

We have active subcommittees in the areas of firearm injuries, advance practice providers and payment patterns affecting GME, surgical trial participant diversity, and the opioid crisis. A well-attended hangout about resident unionization was held on January 30, and participants discussed the concerns, pros, and cons of resident unionization. If you’re interested in joining a subcommittee or participating in the development of the RAS Symposium, please email me or join us on our conference calls on the first Wednesday of each month.

Christopher McNicoll, MD
Chair, RAS-ACS Advocacy and Issues Committee

Update from the Communications Committee

Crystal Johnson-MannThe Communications Committee has selected a topic for our annual RAS Essay Contest. Details will be released soon, so watch your emails and participate! We are also busy at work on the August Bulletin. Lastly, we are working on compiling short video interviews at national and regional meetings, including the upcoming Leadership and Advocacy Summit. If you are interested in participating, please let us know!

Our monthly conference calls are the second Wednesday of each month at 9:00 pm (ET). Please email with questions or if you are interested in learning more and joining our committee.

Crystal Johnson-Mann, MD
Chair, RAS-ACS Communications Committee

Update from the Membership Committee

Yewande AlimiThe RAS-ACS Membership Committee needs “hangout” topics and moderators! The committee has been hosting monthly phone hangouts for medical student and resident members. These hangouts are hour-long phone calls without an agenda; a topic is set, but the conversation is open for anyone to participate. The format allows the callers to explore the topic and ask questions without reservation or judgement, while the host serves as the topic moderator. The moderator prepares some thoughts prior to the call but doesn’t take notes or minutes.

If you or someone you know has an interest in one of the topics below (or another topic not on the list), encourage them contact Alison Powers via email at to host a hangout later this spring.

  • Certification and Re-certification Process – Testing vs. Continuing Education 
  • Competency-based Training vs. Time-based Training 
  • Recording the OR and Patient Interactions: Improve Behavior vs. Barrier to Open Communication 
  • Administrative Burden and EHR 
  • Social Media—Threat vs. Essential 

Yewande Alimi, MD
Chair, RAS-ACS Membership Committee