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September 2013

RAS-ACS News
September 2013
Special Clinical Congress Edition

In This Issue

Message from the Chair
Message from the RAS-ACS News Editor
Residents Guide to Attending the Clinical Congress
          Getting there
          Camp ACS
          General Information About Sessions
          RAS-ACS Events
          Operation Giving Back Events
          Women in Surgery Events
Meet Charlotte Grill, Your New RAS-ACS Administrator
Applying for ACS Fellowship: An Important Step in Your Surgical Career
Board of Governors Update
Newly Elected Committee Chairs
RAS-ACS Committee Reports
          Communications Committee
          Issues Committee
          Education Committee
          Membership Committee
ACS Committee Reports
          ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC
          Committee on Diversity Issues
          Committee on Ethics
          Health Policy and Advocacy Group
          Medical Student Education Committee
          Patient Education Committee
          Women in Surgery Committee
Advisory Council Reports
          Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery
          Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery
          Advisory Council for Rural Surgery
          Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery

Message from the Chair

The format of this year's RAS-ACS meetings has changed. A full day of RAS meetings on Sunday, October 6, will begin at 10:00 am for members of the RAS-ACS Governing Board—Advisory Council Liaisons and Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs. A free networking lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm will immediately follow this meeting. Plan to attend and bring anyone who may be interested in RAS-ACS, getting involved in the ACS, or any resident who is hungry!

From 12:30 to 3:00 pm, Focus on RAS, a new program, will center on surgical trainees, fellows in training, and Associate Fellows of the College. Following the program, there will be an address from American College of Surgeons (ACS) President A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS, and the RAS-ACS Symposium, Patient Rankings: Should Patient Feedback Affect Our Pay and Delivery of Care?.

On Tuesday, October 8, starting at 1:00 pm, the RAS-ACS Committees will each meet for an hour to discuss and plan each committee's 2014 objectives. In years past, RAS-ACS committees met and planned their year's activities during the annual business meeting on Sunday morning. This year, each committee will have ample time to flesh out necessary dialogue and ideas, allowing more individuals to participate in each committee and in more than one, if desired.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you in October.
Brian J. Santin, MD
Chair, RAS-ACS
Vascular Surgery
Ohio Vein & Vascular, Inc., Wilmington, OH


Monthly Conference Call Schedule
Issues: first Wednesday
Communications: second Wednesday
Membership: third Wednesday
Education: fourth Wednesday
Call-in: 866-434-7675 | Access: 7287911
All calls will take place at 9:00 pm (Eastern time)
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Message from the RAS-ACS News Editor

Join us at the 2013 ACS Clinical Congress—the world's premier surgical meeting—October 6–10, in Washington, DC. It is easy to get lost in the extensive scientific program and not know what events to attend. In this issue of the RAS-ACS News, we have highlighted the events that may interest you. Remember, Clinical Congress registration is free for ACS Resident Members until October 5, and most of the events are also free. Register today!
Keep reading to learn more.
Amy Bazzarelli
RAS-ACS News Editor
PGY4 General Surgery
University of Ottawa, Canada
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Residents Guide to Attending the Clinical Congress

ACS Clinical Congress, October 6–10, Washington, DC

Getting there

ACS has arranged a special meeting discount and provided information on how to obtain the United Airlines discount. A list of designated ACS conference hotels is also available on the Clinical Congress website.

Camp ACS

The College offers child care services—Camp ACS—for children aged 6 months to 17 years. Find out more about Camp ACS and register your children.

General Information About Sessions

In general, you may attend any of the sessions you like—regardless of whether you selected them during registration. The Meet-the-Expert Luncheons cost $45 and sell out quickly. Make sure you register for any special events before the Clinical Congress to ensure your spot.
Be sure to check Clinical Congress News, available at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, for event details on a daily basis.

RAS-ACS Events

ACS Website Redesign Focus Group
Sunday, October 6, 8:00–9:00 am
Washington Convention Center, room 203A

The ACS Division of Integrated Communications will conduct a focus group with Residents as part of the ACS website redevelopment. The hour-long focus group will offer a look at the website's new functionality and provide RAS-ACS members with an opportunity to weigh in on the features and content most important to them. The focus group requires 20 participants. Each participant will receive a $25 Starbucks gift card. If you have previously e-mailed your interest in participating, your name is on file, and you will be receiving a reminder about this event closer to Clinical Congress. This will be a first-come, first-served process. Please e-mail your interest to Charlotte Grill, Member Services Administrator, at cgrill@facs.org.

RAS-ACS Networking Lunch
Sunday, October 6, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Washington Convention Center, room 151A

Focus on RAS-ACS, Resident Leadership Session
Sunday, October 6, 12:30–3:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, room 150

The session will convey information on leadership opportunities within the ACS and ways for participants to get involved right away and remain at the forefront of leadership within the College. ACS President A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), will deliver a special address in support of RAS-ACS leadership and training.

RAS-ACS Symposium
Sunday, October 6, 3:00–5:30 pm
Washington Convention Center, room 150

Please join us for the RAS-ACS Symposium, which will focus on Patient Rankings: Should Patient Feedback Affect Our Pay and Delivery of Care?
The Symposium will feature a debate between leaders in surgery on the timely topic of patient rankings and their use in day-to-day practice. Many websites now post patient feedback from physician encounters. Survey instruments such as the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (HCAHPS) request patient feedback on multiple aspects of hospitalization and physician-patient interactions and will soon be tied to pay as part of health care reform. The debate will focus on the role of patient rankings in improving care and whether existing methods for obtaining patient feedback (for example, online, surveys) should be tied to surgeon payment.

Clifford Ko, MD, MSHS, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, American College of Surgeons, and Mia deBarros, MD, general surgery resident, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA, will represent the pro side of the debate. Representing the opposing viewpoint will be Martin Makary, MD, MPH, FACS, associate professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, and Alan Kaplan, MD, urology resident, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Bruce Hall, MD, PhD, FACS, attending surgeon, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, and assistant professor, Washington University Olin Business School, St. Louis, will moderate the panel.

Invite your colleagues and faculty to attend, too. If you have questions, please contact ras@facs.org.

Starting Surgical Practice: Essentials for Success
Monday, October 7, 10:00 am–4:15 pm
Washington Convention Center, Salon ABC, level 1

Spectacular Cases
Tuesday, October 8, 8:00–11:15 am
Washington Convention Center, room 144, level 1

RAS-ACS Committee Meetings

The RAS-ACS integrated committee meetings will convene Tuesday, October 8, 1:00–5:00 pm, at the Washington Convention Center, room 101, level 1.

  • 1:00–2:00 pm: RAS-ACS Education Committee
  • 2:00–3:00 pm: RAS-ACS Issues Committee
  • 3:00–4:00 pm: RAS-ACS Membership Committee
  • 4:00–5:00 pm: RAS-ACS Communications Committee

Surgical Jeopardy
Wednesday, October 9, 8:00–11:15 am
Washington Convention Center, room 145, level 1

Medical Student Program

  • Medical Student Program Poster Session—Sunday, October 6, 3:15–4:45 pm
  • Medical Student Program Reception with Residents—Sunday, October 6, 4:45–5:45 pm

Both sessions will take place in the Washington Convention Center, room 146BC. If any residents are interested in serving as a judge or plan to attend the reception, please fill out a RSVP form.

Operation Giving Back Events

Surgical Forum: Global Surgery
Monday, October 7, 2:30–4:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, room 209B

Sponsored by the Committee for the Forum on Fundamental Surgical Problems, this Surgical Forum will feature selected resident/fellow research in the newly created category of global surgery.

Centenary Joint International and Volunteer Reception
Monday, October 7, 5:30–7:30 pm
Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square, Literary Hall (801 K Street, NW)

This special joint reception co-sponsored by Operation Giving Back and the College's International Relations Committee, in recognition of the College's 100-year anniversary, will provide a social and networking opportunity with international members and guests, past and present volunteer winners, surgeons, residents, medical students, representatives from non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders interested in global surgery and surgical humanitarian outreach. Make connections, share ideas, or just relax with great company. The Carnegie Library is located directly across the street from the Washington Convention Center, on K Street between 7th and 9th Streets.

International Surgery Rotations: Creating Learning Opportunities
Tuesday, October 8, 12:45–2:15 pm
Washington Convention Center, room 150

International rotations provide opportunities for surgical residents to render surgical care to the world's most underserved populations, which expose them to new forms of pathology and systems of care. Co-sponsored by the International Relations Committee and the Committee on Resident Education, this session will instruct program directors, faculty, and residents on what is involved in creating international surgery rotations and to meet other surgeons who have already participated.

Women in Surgery Events

Women in Surgery Reception
Monday, October 7, 6:00–7:30 pm
Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown Hotel (999 9th St NW)

Association of Women Surgeons Networking Breakfast
Tuesday, October 8, 8:00–10:00 am
Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown Hotel (999 9th St NW)

Members and non-members are invited to a complimentary breakfast. Take this opportunity to meet and network with peers and mentors.

Olga M. Jonasson Lecture
Tuesday, October 8, 2:30–3:30 pm
Washington Convention Center, room 150

The Women in Surgery Committee established this lecture to honor the memory of Olga Jonasson, MD, FACS, who died in August 2006. This lectureship is a testimony to leadership and education in surgery and a reflection of the capacity of women to reach academic pinnacles. New York Times columnist Pauline Chen, MD, FACS, is the featured lecturer.

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Meet Charlotte Grill, Your New RAS-ACS Administrator

Hello, my name is Charlotte Grill and I am the new Member Services Administrator for the Resident and Associate Society. I am very eager to work with all of you in my new role. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some of you on advocacy issues at the state level over the past three years in my previous role as State Affairs Associate at the College. I have always enjoyed my interactions and exchanges with the Residents and Associates and I am excited to be working as the staff liaison to support all your work and activities. If you have any questions or would like to contact me, please feel free to e-mail or call me (312-202-5363)!

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Applying for ACS Fellowship: An Important Step in Your Surgical Career

As an Associate Fellow, you are interested in pursuing professional excellence as an individual surgeon and as a member of the surgical community. The ACS admits to its Fellowship only those surgeons whose professional activity is devoted to surgical practice and who subscribe without compromise to the professional and ethical standards of the College. Visit the ACS website for a full list of ACS Fellowship application requirements.

Please contact the ACS staff at any time throughout the application process.

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Board of Governors Update

The Board of Governors (BG) has undergone a reorganization, which has placed the new Surgical Care Delivery Workgroup under the purview of the BG Quality Pillar. Steven DeJong, MD, FACS, professor, department of surgery; and vice chair, clinical affairs, Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, is the chair of this new committee, which will meet during Clinical Congress on Saturday, October 5, 4:30–6:00 pm at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC. The agenda and more details will be distributed before the meeting. If you have any questions, please e-mail me.

Connie Bura
Associate Director, Member Services
American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL

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Newly Elected Committee Chairs

The following is a list of newly elected RAS-ACS committee chairs to serve a three-year term from October 11, 2013, through October 16, 2016.

Board of Governors
Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Award: Robin Petroze, MD
Chapter Activities – National Workgroup: Matthew Giglia, MD
Surgical Training Workgroup: Chris Scally, MD
Continuing Education Workgroup: Abubaker Ali, MD
Patient Education Workgroup: Scott Grant, MD
Commission on Cancer: Thomas Tsai, MD

Association of Women Surgeons
Erin Garvey, MD

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RAS-ACS Committee Reports

Communications Committee

The August issue of the ACS Bulletin centered on an RAS-ACS theme. Each RAS-ACS subcommittee prepared articles pertaining to the central topic, The Evolution of General Surgical Training. The articles reflected the RAS-ACS membership's perspective. If you are interested in participating in this annual project for the 2014 issue, please join our monthly conference calls in the coming months. We also oversee the submission of articles prepared by RAS-ACS members for the Bulletin throughout the year. If you have an idea, please e-mail us.

Facebook Page and ACS website

Raphael Sun, MD, continues to update our RAS-ACS Facebook page. Please be sure to "Like" our page so that you can keep up to date with RAS-ACS activities. If you have posts of relevant articles, website links, or events for the Facebook page, please contact Dr. Sun at raphaelsun@gmail.com.

Our committee is actively involved in the rebuilding of the ACS website and will provide our input to make the site more Resident friendly. We will post links on our Facebook page and in RAS-ACS News at the launching of the new website.

Looking ahead: Get involved with our committee

Our committee is reviewing the timeline of our annual projects, including the RAS-ACS-themed Bulletin issue, this e-newsletter, the Facebook page, and the essay contest, and have planned a meeting during the ACS Clinical Congress on Tuesday, October 8. Please plan to join our committee meeting. Otherwise, we hold conference calls on the second Wednesday of each month. It is easy to get involved—simply call in and listen, and if there is something that interests you, speak up and volunteer! If you cannot make the call, please e-mail us and let us know if you would like to become involved.

Juliet Emamaullee, MD, PhD
Chair, RAS-ACS Communications Committee
General Surgery Resident
Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Issues Committee

Our annual RAS-ACS Symposium will be held on Sunday, October 6, 3:00–5:30 pm during the ACS Clinical Congress at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. This year's topic is Patient Rankings: Should Patient Feedback Affect Our Pay and Delivery of Care? Invite your colleagues and attending surgeons to attend this exciting symposium. If you have any questions, please contact ras@facs.org

Maya Babu, MD
Chair, RAS-ACS Issues Committee
Neurological Surgery
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Education Committee

The Education Committee continues to work on Surgical Jeopardy and anticipates another exciting event at this October's Clinical Congress. We are also developing a Surgical Jeopardy toolkit for local chapters of the ACS. If you are interested in participating in this project—even if only to provide feedback—please e-mail me! And, as always, please contribute questions or category ideas to our growing database for Surgical Jeopardy.

We have sent out a survey to RAS-ACS members to evaluate residents' learning styles. Thanks so much if you've already filled it out. We hope to discuss some of our preliminary results at the Clinical Congress. There is still time to participate in the survey!

If you want to get involved in the Education Committee, please join our monthly conference call on the fourth Wednesday of every month. E-mail us with any questions or comments!

Nina Glass, MD
Chair, RAS-ACS Education Committee
General Surgery
Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY

Feibi Zheng, MD, MBA
Vice-Chair, RAS-ACS Education Committee
General Surgery
Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee has met its 2013 objectives. Thanks to the work of committee members, we again secured the popular International Exchange Program. This year, four residents were selected in a competitive process to represent the RAS-ACS abroad in the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Italy, and Lebanon, nations with which we have a reciprocal exchange. Also, to increase and retain our membership, we have created a Welcome Packet for all new U.S. surgical interns. We are adding final touches to these plans and expect to roll out a new program soon.
My gratitude extends to all committee members and all those who called in and worked for the completion of our objectives, as we strive continually to seek new ideas. Because of your help, our endeavors have been successful. Looking forward to seeing you all in October.
Nicolas J. Mouawad, MD, MPH, MRCS
Chair, RAS-ACS Membership Committee
Vascular Surgery Fellow
The Ohio State University, Columbus
Dino Spaniolas, MD
Vice-Chair, RAS-ACS Membership Committee
General Surgery
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
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ACS Committee Reports

ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC

The American College of Surgeons Professional Association (ACSPA)-SurgeonsPAC Happy Hour will take place Sunday, October 6, 4:00–7:00 pm at Cuba Libre (801 9th St., NW), two blocks from the Washington Convention Center. Every year the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC hosts a networking happy hour at the Clinical Congress. This well-attended gathering allows residents to connect with fellow RAS-ACS members, the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC board, and College leadership. Support the College's advocacy agenda and learn about ways you can get involved.
The PAC board is considering ways to improve RAS-ACS member involvement in PAC activities. Keep an eye out for updates.
Save the date for the 2014 Leadership and Advocacy Summit at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, March 29–April 1. Make plans to attend this great opportunity to learn about health policy and to visit your representatives' offices on Capitol Hill.
If you have questions or are experiencing any difficulty logging in to renew your PAC membership, e-mail briangavitt@gmail.com
Brian J. Gavitt, MD, MPH
ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC Liaison
General Surgery Resident Physician
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

Committee on Diversity Issues

The Committee on Diversity Issues will host two programs at the Clinical Congress this year. On Tuesday, October 8, at 8:00 am, the committee will present Diversity in Surgery: Does it Matter? and at 2:30 pm, Implementing Social Media Applications Into Your Continuing Professional Development. We look forward to seeing RAS-ACS members at these compelling events. Check the Clinical Congress Program Book for locations.
Jason Keune, MD
General Surgery
Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Committee on Ethics

The Committee on Ethics has developed a robust educational program for the 2013 Clinical Congress. Sessions that will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, including the Ethics and Philosophy Lecture, Ethics Colloquium, Meet-the-Expert Luncheons, and Town Hall Meetings will highlight distinguished faculty from around the country.
This year Bruce Gewertz, MD, FACS, will deliver the annual Ethics and Philosophy Lecture on Sustaining Fulfillment in Work and Life, Wednesday, October 9, 9:45–10:45 am, room 150. The Ethics Colloquium, End-of-Life Issues for Surgical Patients, will be held Tuesday, October 8, 2:30–5:45 pm, room 154 of the Convention Center. The Meet-the-Expert Luncheon, Burning Surgical Issues in Ethics: Collaboration with Industry and Potential Conflicts of Interest, Monday, October 7, 1:15–2:15 pm, will take place in room 203A. The Town Hall Meeting, Ethics in Advertising: What Is the Surgeon's Responsibility, will be held Thursday, October 10, 7:00–7:45 am in room 202AB.
The Committee on Ethics will cosponsor sessions regarding the management of conflict of interest in research and innovation and on the geriatric surgery patient and perioperative and end-of-life issues on Thursday, October 10, 8:00–9:30 am, in room 202AB. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC, and welcome your suggestions for future topics and speakers.
Eric A. Singer, MD, MA
Committee on Ethics Liaison
Urological Surgery
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick

Health Policy and Advocacy Group

The Health Policy and Advocacy Group (HPAG) will sponsor an in-person meeting at the ACS Washington, DC, office on Sunday, September 22, and will meet at the Clinical Congress as well. View sessions focused on advocacy and health policy issues.
Two sessions that may be of interest are:

  • Town Hall Meeting, Medical Liability Reform 2013: Thinking Outside of the Box to Achieve Tort Reform, Wednesday, October 9, at 7:00 am in Washington Convention Center, room 207, level 2D
  • Reimbursement in the Age of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) Bundling: What Are Surgeons Worth?, Tuesday, October 8, at 4:15 pm in Washington Convention Center, room 202AB, level 2D

I look forward to meeting many of you at the meeting. If you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns feel free to e-mail me.
Paul M. Jeziorczak, MD, MPH
ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Group Liaison
PGY 4
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Medical Student Education Committee

The Medical Student Education Committee has organized a strong Medical Student Program for the Clinical Congress. We are looking forward to the "outside-the-box" surgical interest groups (SIG)—medical students are encouraged to present innovative ideas—and the Medical Student Poster Presentations. Stop by and view their research. Our initiative is to encourage innovative thinking and celebrate the bright minds that will join the surgical field.
Priya Iyer, MD
General Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Foundation Program, OH

Patient Education Committee

The Patient Education Committee has been focused on patient education topics for the Clinical Congress, both for this year and the following, so mark your calendars.
At this year's Clinical Congress, the Patient Education Committee will be sponsoring the thoracic surgery panel, It Pays for Your Patients to Quit Smoking Before Surgery: Outcomes, Interventions, and Reimbursement, on Thursday, October 10, at 9:45 am.
For the 2014 Clinical Congress, we have submitted a proposal for a session aimed specifically at Residents titled Patients in the Know: Impact on Recovery.
Providers continue to adopt the committee's ostomy home skills program. Plans are under way to expand the program to include a pediatric ostomy skills program. We welcome ideas for other skills programs you think would benefit your patients.
Shannon L. Castle, MD
Patient Education Committee Liaison
General Surgery
UC San Diego

Women in Surgery Committee

The Women in Surgery Committee (WiSC) has been active through the spring and we are looking forward to a great program at this year's Clinical Congress! Events to look out for in addition to the previously mentioned events include:
Redirection and Reentry: Flexibility for a Surgical Career
Wednesday, October 9, 8:00–9:30 am
Interruptions to surgical practice occur because of unplanned events, including physical illness or injury, impairment, and planned time away from practice. The individual surgeon, the practice group or department, and the credentialing body need to navigate these re-entries. Panelists will present successful models for planning absences, evaluating the surgeon's ability to practice, mentoring, and monitoring, and the credentialing perspective
The Modern Family 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 9:45–11:15 am
Surgery has evolved from a prototypical male-dominated profession where family support was traditionally a female spouse. Today, same-sex marriage or partners are not uncommon, dual-career couples are the norm, single-parent households are increasing, and more husbands are staying home to manage the household. This panel will explore the impact of the modern surgical family on career and personal life and offer strategies to meet new challenges.
Jillian K. Smith, MD, MPH
Women in Surgery Committee Liaison
General Surgery
University of Massachusetts
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Advisory Council Reports

Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery

The work of the Advisory Council culminated with a meeting at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery summit in Chicago, IL, on May 7. The Advisory Council recommended Shari L. Meyerson, MD, and Ara A. Vaporciyan, MD, for the RRC for Thoracic Surgery. Joe B. Putnam, Jr., MD; Michael Fischbein, MD; and John Ikonomidis, MD, (reappointment) were recommended for the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education. In addition, the Advisory Council discussed topics for specialty sessions to be proposed for the 2014 Clinical Congress. Possible topics include acute and chronic pleural diseases, an introduction to cardiothoracic surgery for residents, thoracic trauma, and pediatric chest wall deformities. The expanding role of the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) in thoracic surgery was discussed as well as other areas of overlap with ACS activities.
Elliot Wakeam, MD
Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery
Center for Surgery and Public Health
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery

Our Advisory Council has discussed expanding membership in the ACS among neurosurgery residents and fellows, issues regarding graduate medical education, and ACS member benefits for subspecialty surgical residents and fellows.
If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact me.
Maya Babu, MD
Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery Liaison
Neurological Surgery
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Advisory Council for Rural Surgery

Recently the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery (ACRS) has worked on rural surgical issues, and has attempted to expand awareness among rural general surgeons by creating the Rural General Surgery Coalition (RGSC). The RGSC advocates on behalf of rural surgeons.
During a conference call in August, ACRS members discussed ways to enhance medical student and resident awareness of rural surgery. The Council's next meeting will take place at the annual Clinical Congress.
Also under development is the Society for Young Rural Surgeons, a new society that will offer medical students and residents the opportunity to connect with one another and young rural attendings. The intent is to offer more rotations for students in rural communities and open communication toward employing residents. A documentary that spotlights the needs of the rural surgeon is in the final stages of production.
The ACRS has also developed courses in advanced surgical skills to assist in the continuing medical education of general surgeons in rural areas. Mobile units would bring skills sessions to the surgeons and minimize the disruption of difficult call schedules. Also under production is a textbook for rural surgeons' advanced surgical skills. The ACRS continues to address the range of issues affecting rural surgeons.
Lauren Smithson, MD
Advisory Council for Rural Surgery Liaison
General Surgery
Providence Hospital and Medical Centers, Rhode Island

Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery

During the Clinical Congress, the Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery is sponsoring several panels with a wide range of topics, including: wound healing, chest wall reconstruction, abdominal wall reconstruction, contemporary management of gunshot wounds to the face, and long-term outcomes of combat wound care. The goal of these panels is to cover topics of crucial importance to general surgeons in areas where plastic surgeons have made significant contributions in patient management.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 2013 annual meeting, October 11–15, in San Diego, CA, is the largest plastic surgery meeting of the year. The conference will focus on resident education, but on October 10, the program will instruct senior residents on financial planning, negotiating contracts, avoiding liability, and avoiding ethics violations. A coding course, breast reconstruction master class, and a live injectables demonstration will be available to all residents. The Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery will convene during this meeting rather than the Clinical Congress. The Joint Committee on Ethics/Professionalism Curriculum in Plastic Surgery, which is developing a standardized curriculum for all plastic surgery trainees, will meet for the first time at this meeting.
Christian Vercler, MD
Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery Liaison
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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RAS Executive Board

Brian Santin, MD, Chair
Rob Winfield, MD, Vice Chair
Joseph Sakran, MD, Secretary
Heena Santry, MD, Ex-Officio

RAS Governing Board

Maya Babu, MD
Aaron Baker, MD
Megan Durr, MD
Juliet Emamaulle, MD
Alhambra Frarey, MD
Nina Glass, MD
Atul Kamath, MD
Michael McGee, MD
Nick Mouawad, MD
Israel Nosnik, MD
Mehul Raval, MD
Lauren Smithson, MD
Renée Solomon, MD
Elliot Wakeam, MD
Christian Vercler, MD
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