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YFA E-News: September 2020

Message from the Editor

Amalia StefanouI think we can all agree that 2020 is wearing on us. Whatever your surgical practice, the current pandemic has affected us in a major way. It has put a strain on our medical system and patients in ways never seen before. I spent time working in a medical COVID ICU, which was something I certainly didn’t expect to do. I felt fortunate to be healthy and wanted to help. I also felt fortunate to have resources from the College to help me review critical care and to have the most up-to-date information regarding the care of patients affected by the coronavirus.

Being a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons is meaningful to people in different ways, but I felt that when the entire medical world was reeling with the constant changes that COVID was bringing, the ACS stepped up to support those of us on the front lines, surgeons redeployed, and those of us feeling a major strain from non-essential practices being temporarily halted.

I hope this newsletter finds you all healthy and well.

Amalia Stefanou, MD, FACS
YFA E-News Editor

YFA Members: Register to Attend the YFA Annual Meeting

All members of YFA are invited to attend the YFA Annual Meeting on Monday, October 5, 4:00–5:30 pm CDT. Meet the YFA leadership, discover ways to get involved in the ACS, and learn from veteran ACS leaders. You must register to attend. If the registration is full, you can stream the meeting live on Facebook Live.

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New Governing Council Members

We are pleased to announce that we have added new members to the Young Fellows Association governing council. Thank you to all who participated in the election process.

These appointments are made by application, and we had an incredibly accomplished group of applicants this year for a small number of positions. We welcome Dr. Ashlie Nadler, Dr. Patricia Nelson, Dr. Jessica Summers, and Dr. William Ward. Look for introductions from them in the next edition of YFA E-News.

We are also happy to announce that Dr. Amalia Stefanou has been elected as Vice-Chair for the Governing Council.

Message from the Vice-Chair

Joshua MammenI would like to begin by reflecting on all the hard work that surgeons have been doing over the last several months. Like others throughout the world, our personal lives been buffeted by the changes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. We have worried about our personal safety, the safety of our friends and families, the effect on the education and personal development of our children, the impact on our practices, and the bearing on our personal finances. Despite these and other concerns, we have continued to provide the care that our patients need and deserve. While many have had the option to work while quarantining, our vocation requires particularly close interactions, and we have risked exposure to infection so that we can care for others. While most of us are now quite busy (despite the pandemic continuing), I encourage you to take the opportunity to reflect on the tremendous sacrifice that you make simply by doing your daily work.

Next, I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate our new Vice-Chair. As you know, for the last four years, YFA Chair elections have involved the entire membership. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Amalia Stefanou, who you selected as the next Vice-Chair of the Young Fellows Association. Dr. Stefanou will assume the role of Chair of YFA in October 2021. She is a colon and rectal surgeon in the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan. Additionally, she has been quite involved in the Governing Council of YFA for the last several years, organizing the speed mentoring event at Clinical Congress and editing the quarterly newsletter. Currently, she chairs the Communications Workgroup. I look forward to her ongoing leadership.

Joshua Mammen, MD, PhD, FACS
YFA Vice-Chair

Congratulations to Dr. Shaneeta Johnson

The YFA congratulates Dr. Shaneeta Johnson, YFA Governing Council member, who recently received the Claude Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship award. The fellowship is awarded to an outstanding young surgeon so he or she can attend an educational meeting or make an extended visit to an institution of his or her choice, tailored to his or her research interests. Congratulations, Dr. Johnson!