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Opportunities and Resources

Speaker Announced for Leadership and Advocacy Summit

Bhagwan Satiani, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE, will be speaking at the 2017 Leadership and Advocacy Summit in May 2017.

Dr. Satiani is a professor of clinical surgery in the division of vascular diseases & surgery, and medical director, non-invasive vascular laboratory & director of the faculty leadership institute at Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. He will be speaking on May 7, 2017. at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel. The title of his presentation is “Why Preparing Physicians for Leadership Positions in Medicine is a Challenge.”

Webinars for Young Surgeons Series

Participate in a new series of webinars presented on a variety of topics in less than 60 minutes. This month's webinars are presented by subject-matter experts and are available free of charge. Webinar topics include Cultivating the Next Generation of Surgeon-Scientists, by Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MBBS, PhD, FACS; and Safety, Wellness, and Logistics for the Pregnant Surgeon, by Stephanie Bonne, MD, FACS. Webinars can be accessed online. 

Look for Liaison Semiannual Updates This Spring

The RAS-ACS liaisons assigned to represent RAS-ACS to various ACS committees will be producing and publishing the committee semiannual updates for the colorectal and general surgery advisory committees. Look for updates in the April and May newsletters.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Utilize the ACS Onboarding Checklist for Surgeons

The process of filling a new position is challenging, both for the surgeon attempting to find the ideal working circumstances and for the practice hoping to find the ideal partner. Simplify the process with an onboarding checklist, designed for both the hiring facility and the surgeon being hired.

Use the New Surgeon Well-Being Index

Associate Fellows and Residents are invited to use the latest member benefit, the Surgeon Well-Being Index. Surgeon well-being is vital for patient and physician success. This validated tool is an opportunity to help you better understand your overall well-being, and identify areas of risk compared to physicians across the nation. We will also provide you with access to local and national resources. The tool is 100 percent anonymous—your information is private and your individual score will not be shared. In addition to the tool, the College has created a list of publications and resources that provide more information on surgeon well-being. We look forward to your feedback on the tool, and if you have any questions, please contact

Surgeon Well-Being

Debt Forgiveness Is Achievable

Obtain information on debt forgiveness and debt relief programs for physicians and surgeons. The staggering debt with which medical school graduates emerge can seem overwhelming, but programs are in place to aid with repayment and forgiveness. Read Dr. Jennifer Rickard’s article on debt forgiveness and solutions.