This edition of the YFA E-News encompasses two themes—awards and advocacy. You will find announcements on a number of awards presented to young surgeons as well as to programs within the College, updates about the College’s Leadership & Advocacy Summit, and information about our upcoming survey contests.
In this issue, members are encouraged to get more involved with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Young Fellows Association (YFA). Enter a YFA essay contest; learn how to participate in the YFA Communities; get some leadership advice from ACS President-Elect J. David Richardson, MD, FACS; and meet new YFA Governing Council members.
ACS is excited to welcome 1,640 new Initiates representing more than 63 nations. We’ve put together a Clinical Congress guide to help you plan your trip. Find out what the YFA has planned for San Francisco!
The overwhelming message of the 2014 Leadership & Advocacy Summit was one of getting involved through the many opportunities the College has to offer. Learn more about the YFA Mentorship Program, the 2014 video project, and how to get involved with trauma care at the local level. Join the ACS Palliative Care Committee, become a member of the ACS Foundation’s Young Fellows Leadership Circle, and get great Leadership Advice from Dr. Robert Bahnson.
In this issue, learn why the Leadership & Advocacy Summit is a great opportunity for Young Fellows, submit an essay for a chance to appear in the Bulletin, and join the mentoring program or become a reviewer for the ACS Scholarships Committee.
Parting words from the Immediate-Past YFA Chair, welcome to new board and governing council members, reflections on Dr. Pellegrini's Presidential Address, how SurgeonsVoice can help you become a surgeon-advocate, leadership advice, and more are featured in this issue.
The 2013 Clinical Congress is coming soon, October 6–10, in Washington, DC. We congratulate and welcome the 1,622 new Initiates in this year’s class to the Young Fellows Association (YFA), representing more than 56 nations. Welcome to the College! For this edition of YFA e-News we have created a Clinical Congress guide to help you plan your trip.