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Opportunities and Resources

Liaison Needed for Resident Education Committee

The ACS Committee on Resident Education seeks one liaison to join their committee. Successful candidates will:

  • Be an active member of YFA under the age of 45
  • Be able to serve a full three-year term from October 2017 through October 2020
  • Contribute to committee initiatives
  • Attend conference calls and semiannual, in-person meetings

The application requires a letter of interest and abbreviated CV. Interested applicants should apply by 5:00 pm (CDT) on August 31.

RAS-ACS Needs Skills Competition Judges at Clinical Congress 2017

The RAS-ACS is looking for judges for the first annual RAS-ACS skills competition So You Think You Can Operate? The competition will be held on Sunday, October 22, 1:30–3:00 pm. We are looking for attending physicians to judge our resident-designed stations. The competition will highlight the technical skill and teamwork of current surgical residents from across the country. Eight teams of two (one junior resident and one senior resident) will compete across four stations, with the final two going head to head for eternal honor and glory. The competition will be held as part of the annual Focus on the RAS session and will be moderated by Elliott Haut, MD, PhD.

For more information or to volunteer, please e-mail

YFA Members: Help RAS-ACS Education Committee Find Surgical Jeopardy Questions

Leadership of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) is always looking for high-quality questions to add to our Surgical Jeopardy question databank, and YFA members can help! RAS-ACS is aware that some programs or individuals may have already developed or accumulated Jeopardy-style questions for educational purposes and would greatly appreciate any new contributions or access to existing databanks of questions. These contributions will be graciously acknowledged at national and local competitions. Please submit questions and answers to Alison Powers at

New Standardized Reference Letter for Medical Students 

Faculty members are frequently asked by medical students interested in a general surgery residency to write a letter of recommendation for them. Traditionally, there has not been any objective tool available for the surgeon to score the student's performance for the reader. The Board of Governor's Surgical Trainee Workgroup recently developed this standardized letter of recommendation to meet this purpose. It is meant to be used as an adjunct to the traditional personal letter of recommendation. The workgroup hopes that both the author and the reader of the letter find this new tool beneficial when evaluating candidates for your training program. You can find the letter template on the medical student resources page.

Apply for the 2018 ACS Chapter Lobby Day Grant Program

The ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy is now accepting applications for the 2018 ACS Chapter Advocacy Lobby Day Grant Program to support chapters implementing state legislative activities.

The ACS Chapter Lobby Day Grant Program provides an annual cash grant of up to $5,000 with a required $2,500 chapter match to host or sponsor a day at their state capitol for chapter Fellows and members to meet with legislators. An enhanced $15,000 grant is available for a chapter to use toward a comprehensive state legislative campaign and lobby day in 2018.

The deadline for submitting the application is September 15. Download the application or contact Christopher Johnson, State Affairs Associate, at or 202-672-1502.

Use MyCME to Manage CME Credit at Your Convenience

MyCME allows you to store all of your Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits in one place, making it easy to provide documentation for credentialing, recredentialing, and renewing your state license(s) or recertifying with your board. You can also download, store, and print CME Certificates and transcripts at any time. Completion of ACS activities is automatically documented, and certificates for these events include CME credit claimed, Self-Assessment credit earned, and specific content that may meet other regulatory body requirements. ACS members can also add non-ACS-verified event data and supporting documentation. MyCME services are free for ACS members.

For more information, please contact the MyCME office at 866-918-4799 or 312-202-5430, e-mail us at, or login to