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YFA E-News: February 2018

Message from the Editor

Amalia Stefanou

Hello YFA members,

I hope the New Year is treating everyone well. As young fellows of the American College of Surgeons, we are not only developing our leadership and surgical skills in our local practices, but also becoming leaders in our communities on a larger scale. Imagine not only affecting care locally, but nationwide.

With this in mind, I urge you all to attend the Leadership and Advocacy Summit coming this May 19-22, 2018 in Washington, DC. For those who have not previously attended, it is an incredible experience. The conference takes place in two phases. In the first phase, national leaders in surgery and other disciplines speak to the group about aspects of leadership. Topics have included the importance of professionalism and emotional intelligence, as well as how to engage and lead other surgeons on a local level – either in your own hospital or state wide. This part of the Summit is free of charge, and meals are included.

The second phase focuses on advocacy, which is vital to our careers as health care leaders. In this portion, there are presentations related to how policy affects the surgical care of our patients and what we, as surgeons, can do to advocate for them. We learn about specific issues going through Congress this year and how we can impact these changes. The next day is spent walking around Capitol Hill to advocate for our patients. This is an empowering feeling going to meet with your local legislators to discuss these very issues. Knowing that we each have the opportunity and ability to impact surgical care for not only our patients, but for all of those in the health care system, is a privilege and obligation.

I urge you all to increase your involvement in the YFA and especially to attend this very inspiring conference!

Amalia Stefanou, MD, FACS
Editor, YFA E-News
Detroit, MI