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Opportunities and Resources

May is the First Ever National Stop the Bleed Month

May is the first ever National Stop the Bleed Month. During this month, free training courses will be held around the country to teach bleeding control techniques to the general public. Many of our registered instructors will participate in this grassroots effort, leading more than 2,700 courses in the U.S, with additional course offerings in other countries. The courses will empower participants with the skills and knowledge to assist severely bleeding persons, and will further ACS’ goal to train everyone in the U.S. about what to do during a bleeding emergency. In addition to free courses throughout the month, May 23 will be highlighted as the nation’s second annual National Stop the Bleed Day. To read more about the month-long observance, visit this section of the ACS website.

To find a bleeding control course near you, visit

RAS-ACS Grand Rounds Webinar Series 


Alexander LangermanLearn How to Build a Strong Surgeon-Patient Relationship with Transparency and Trust

Participate in a Grand Rounds webinar next month that will help you learn the best ways to have conversations with patients and families about difficult topics. These topics include disclosing errors or giving bad news, discussing surgical logistics including trainee participation, overlapping operations and intraoperative consultations, and handling consent in situations of uncertainty. Join Alexander Langerman, MD, FACS, for the webinar on June 10 at 8:00 pm (CT).  Register for the webinar here.

Purchase Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery in Print and Digital Versions

Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery, Vol. I and II offer young surgeons and surgical trainees concrete, evidence-based recommendations on cancer surgery techniques that are critical to achieving optimal outcomes. Drawing on the expertise of more than 240 leading surgeons throughout the country, these must-have manuals distill evidence and expert opinion into the highest-quality standards for nine disease sites. This unique collaboration between the American College of Surgeons and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology also offers detailed analysis of areas of controversy surrounding each operation, which can provide the basis for future clinical trials.

Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery, Vol. I & II are an indispensable addition to every surgeon's library. Individual sections are available digitally for Volume I, and will be available soon for Volume II. Purchase your copies here.

Senator Seeks Young Physician for Summer 2019 Fellowship

The office of Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) is seeking a medical resident or a young Fellow to join them this summer in Washington, DC for a fellowship. The fellowship will be during the months of June and July and is an immersive experience with access to health care policy and legislative development, as well as experience working with the Senator. This is an unpaid experience. More information on Senator Cassidy can be found here.  If this opportunity is of interest to you, please contact Kristin McDonald, ACS Manager of Legislative and Political Affairs, at 202-672-1512 or for more information. 

Save the Date for the ACS Core General Surgery Review for Residents

The ACS Core General Surgery Review for Residents is a new three-day course developed by the ACS Division of Education. This engaging course is specifically designed for residents interested in an intense review of general surgery and may be beneficial for those preparing for general surgery qualifying or other examinations. It is also beneficial for those transitioning to general surgery practice or advanced training. 

The course will be held July 6-8 at the ACS Headquarters in Chicago. Faculty will use a case-based approach and focused didactic sessions to provide a comprehensive, yet targeted, review.  More information will be available soon. If you have questions about the course, contact