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Opportunities and Resources

Share Your Ideas for Clinical Congress 2019

Paula FerradaThe YFA wants to continue to give our members a voice and presence, especially during the ACS Clinical Congress. In order to be inclusive, we have created this survey to hear your ideas.

The Education Committee of the YFA will build on these and send the suggestions to the ACS Program Committee for the 2019 Clinical Congress. This is an excellent way to share your thoughts about important topics to discuss at the Congress, and to get involved as a co-moderator or presenter.

Please participate and share your thoughts and ideas. We look forward to representing you.

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

Apply for a Mentoring Program This Spring

Shubhada DhageJunior attendings launch their careers energized, but many of them can go on to feel overwhelmed and pulled off the career paths they originally planned for.

Mentors are invaluable at times like this. Mentors provide personalized guidance and introduce opportunities that can transform your career trajectory. They help make big picture decisions, provide networking and sponsorship opportunities, and can also help create plans for achieving academic, clinical, or administrate goals. A mentoring relationship is primarily one on one. However, the connection will extend beyond the personal by opening up opportunities one may not have previously recognized. And while many of us have had excellent technical training, once in practice, the non-technical and leadership skills become just as critical to our success. Mentors can help make up for the lack of formalized guidance in conflict, management, negotiations, professional development, and team management.

ACS gives young fellows the opportunity to build a mentoring relationship with an ACS surgeon who is a leader in their sub-specialty. This mentoring relationship can provide guidance in areas such as health policy/leadership, surgical research, global health, advocacy, and surgical education, while bridging opportunities to gain leadership positions within ACS. Since its inception in 2012, more than 100 junior fellows have successfully participated in this program.

The announcement and call for applications occurs in May, be sure to apply!

Shubhada Dhage, MD, FACS
New York, NY

ACS Career Connection

Get Published in ACS Case Reviews in Surgery

The ACS Division of Education has launched an online journal, ACS Case Reviews in Surgery, which covers an extensive array of specialties, including breast, colorectal, pediatric, transplant, acute care, trauma, general, and rural surgery. Young Fellows are encouraged to submit to ACS Case Reviews in Surgery.

For more information on this opportunity, contact Claire Sydow at

2018 Clinical Congress Call for Abstracts

Save the Dates for Upcoming Webinars for Young Surgeons

Learn new strategies and tools from upcoming webinars, which focus on relevant topics in less than 60 minutes.

ACS webinars are for young surgeons who are starting their practice in private or academic surgical medicine. Take a deep dive into topics like career path choices and strategies, best practices for navigating the career ladder, and managing personal life and wellness.

The webinars are presented live by subject matter experts and accessible to you free of charge. Enjoy interaction with the presenter in a live format or view the webinar later whenever your schedule permits. These brief, yet extremely informative, web-based educational sessions are accessible for ACS members after the event.

Save the dates for the upcoming webinar, Concurrent and Overlapping Surgery – Know the Difference, presented by Edward Lee and David Hoyt, and moderated by Patricia Turner, all MD, FACS. Information on future webinars can be found on this section of the ACS website.

Register for the Women in Surgery Career Symposium

The Women in Surgery Career Symposium is being held in Clearwater Beach, FL, February 16-18, 2018. This year’s theme is: The Quadruple Threat: Clinical Excellence, Confidence, Character, and Charisma. Find more information, or register for the Symposium, here