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Message from the YFA E-News Editor

Joe DuBoseYour Young Fellows Association (YFA) Governing Council hopes you are enjoying a fruitful and rewarding start to 2017. This issue of YFA E-News newsletter highlights some of the exciting opportunities for young Fellows to get involved and take advantage of the benefits of membership in the American College of Surgeons.

The Leadership & Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC is just around the corner. YFA Advocacy and Issues Workgroup Chair Daniel Klaristenfeld, MD, FACS, tells us more about that exciting event. Education Workgroup Chair Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, outlines some fabulous opportunities for you as a young Fellow to influence offerings at Clinical Congress in October. Take a moment to review these sections and don’t forget to peruse the fantastic opportunities available to young Fellows.

As always, we are proud to have the opportunity to serve you. Do not hesitate to contact us at if we can be of service or if you have questions about ACS membership or benefits!

Joe DuBose, MD, FACS, FCCM
YFA E-News Editor
Davis, CA

Notes from the Advocacy and Issues Workgroup Chair

Daniel KlaristenfeldParticipating in advocacy can seem overwhelming, especially for young surgeons. Most surgeons don't know what “advocacy” means or even where or how to start. The Advocacy and Issues Workgroup—in conjunction with the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC—is developing readily accessible internet-based tools to help young surgeons understand and engage with advocacy efforts. The Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2017 is happening this May in Washington, DC. The Summit is a great opportunity to learn advocacy skills, gain a greater understanding of policies that are impacting surgeons around the country, network with young and experienced surgeons involved in the ACS at all levels, and actually meet with your state Senators and Representatives as an ACS representative.

The first few days of the Summit are devoted to leadership, and there will be opportunities to learn from a series of engaging and impressive speakers. Surgeons, leadership experts, advocacy gurus, and DC politicians share their thoughts and experiences. The YFA sponsors a networking breakfast ever year with a chance to meet other young surgeons from across the country. If you have wanted to become more involved in the ACS, either nationally or locally, this meeting is an important first step.

If you have never been, please consider participating. The collective voice of American surgeons in Washington, DC, is stronger with you there. The Advocacy and Issues Workgroup is also working hard to develop connections with local chapters. We hope this will enhance communication and increase opportunities for young surgeons to become involved in ACS.

Daniel Klaristenfeld, MD, FACS
Chair, YFA Advocacy and Issues Workgroup
San Diego, CA

Submit Your Ideas for Clinical Congress Sessions by March 17

Paula FerradaAs an YFA member, we encourage you to submit ideas for sessions to be held at Clinical Congress 2018. The YFA Education Workgroup has developed a microsite to gather ideas from YFA members. Submit your ideas, and after reviewing, the YFA will submit them to the Clinical Congress proposal site once it opens in May.

This is a great opportunity to get something you feel passionate about included in the Clinical Congress. Submit your ideas

Thank you!

Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS
Chair, YFA Education Workgroup
Richmond, VA