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RAS-ACS Committee Updates

Advocacy and Issues Committee

What Do We Do?

The Advocacy and Issues Committee helps promote resident engagement in policy issues locally and nationally. Read on for updates on the RAS-ACS symposium, an upcoming essay contest, and conference call updates.

What Are We Working on Now?

RAS-ACS Symposium 2017. We are pleased to announce the 2017 RAS-ACS Symposium topic, a product of months of discussion and engagement by our committee members: Reframing Surgical Leadership in 2017: Surgeon-Scientist or Surgeon-Advocate? Given ongoing debate on whether surgeons are truly still “captains of the ship” in the current regulatory environment, we will discuss and debate the various models of surgical leadership that will be most relevant in the future.

Symposium essay contest. We invite you to submit your essays on the topic for the Symposium essay contest and look forward to hosting a robust debate on the future of surgical leadership at Clinical Congress 2017.

Conference call updates. Last month we were delighted to host Sara Morse, Manager, Legislative and Political Affairs, ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP), to our conference call. Ms. Morse provided updates on current policy issues important to surgeons and to our patients. We hope to host additional members of the DAHP on our calls over the next few months.

We welcome your participation in our committee! Please join our monthly calls at 9:00 pm (EST) on the first Wednesday of each month. E-mail with subject line “Advocacy & Issues Committee” for information on how to call in.

Naveen F. Sangji, MD, MPHNaveen Sangji
Chair, RAS-ACS Advocacy and Issues Committee
General surgery resident, PGY 7
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Alisha Reiss, MD
Vice-Chair, RAS-ACS Advocacy and Issues Committee
Staff surgeon
Wayne Hospital, Greenville, OH

Christopher McNicoll, MD, MPH
Secretary, RAS-ACS Advocacy and Issues Committee
General surgery resident, PGY 4
University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas

Communications Committee

What Do We Do?

The Communications Committee houses a diverse set of projects that seek to enhance communication and knowledge sharing amongst Residents, Fellows, and leaders of the ACS. We represent RAS-ACS across multiple social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and ACS Communities

What Do We Have Planned?

RAS JACS Committee. The Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS) committee is working on a number of projects with strong support from the Communications Committee. The RAS-JACS journal club, run by member voting via Twitter and Facebook, is in its later rounds; this publicizes several interesting and laudable articles and diversifies the member knowledge base. Look for further announcements and voting opportunities on social media.

John Hardaway MD, PhDJohn Hardaway
Chair, RAS-ACS Communications Committee
General surgery resident, PGY 5
Michigan State University, East Lansing

Edward Shipper, MD
Vice-Chair, RAS-ACS Communications Committee
General surgery resident, PGY 4 (RY 2)
University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio

Christina Colosimo, DO
Secretary, RAS-ACS Communications Committee 
General surgery resident, PGY 1
Rocky Vista University, Denver

Membership Committee

What Do We Do?

The Membership Committee strives both to recruit new members to enjoy the benefits of RAS membership, and to increase the access to those benefits for current members.

What Are We Working on Now?

RAS Video Content Subcommittee. The Membership Committee, recognizing the increasing role of video content on social media, is developing a new subcommittee to create and disseminate video content. If you are interested in creating content or filming videos—whether for promotion of the RAS-ACS, updates on upcoming events and issues, or information regarding Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery and other new requirements—e-mail us to get involved. Video editors who are willing to give feedback are also needed. Little to no video editing skills are required! E-mail with subject line “Video Content Subcommittee” for more information.

International Scholars Contest. The winners of our international scholar essay contest have been announced! This program sends three scholars a year to participate in the surgical meeting of the host countries, including Australia, Italy, and Ireland. The winners will each receive an all-expenses-paid trip.

The winners are:

  • Australia – Alejandra Casar Berazaluce (UT San Antonio)
  • Italy – John Bergquist (Mayo Clinic)
  • Ireland – Constantine Saclarides (Loyola University)

Congratulations on a much-deserved win!

Heidi Hon, MDHeidi Hon
Chair, RAS-ACS Membership Committee
General surgery resident, PGY 5
St. Luke’s University, Bethlehem, PA

Raphael Sun, MD
Vice-Chair, RAS-ACS Membership Committee
General surgery resident, PGY 7
Washington University—St. Louis

Yewande Alimi, MD
Secretary, RAS-ACS Membership Committee
General surgery resident, PGY 1
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Education Committee

What Do We Do?

The Education Committee promotes and advances the education of surgical residents, fellows, and associates, and discusses novel issues in surgical education. Read on for the latest updates on Top Gun, Surgical Jeopardy, and upcoming issues of the Bulletin.

What Do We Have Planned?

Top Gun. The RAS-ACS Education Committee is hard at work on Surgical Top Gun, a novel team-based skills competition that will debut at Clinical Congress 2017. It will pit two-person teams from residency programs against each other through a number of stations that test surgical skill, teamwork, and communication. Details are being finalized—look for updates in upcoming newsletters.

Surgical Jeopardy. The committee continues to build a database of questions for the popular and entertaining Surgical Jeopardy at Clinical Congress, as well as for games distributed to local chapters. We are always looking for creative questions or categories, please e-mail your ideas to

ACS Bulletin topic. We are working on two articles about the opioid epidemic for the August issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons addressing issues of opioid education from both the patient and provider perspective. If you are interested in contributing, e-mail with subject line “Opioid Bulletin article” for further information.

Our calls occur on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Please call in and join us if you can!

Luke V. SelbyLuke V. Selby, MD, MS
Chair, RAS-ACS Education Committee

Miriam Eskander, MD, MPH
Vice-Chair, RAS-ACS Education Committee