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Submit Clinical Congress 2020 RAS-ACS Symposium Essays by April 3

The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) invites all ACS Resident and Associate Fellow members to submit an essay to the annual RAS-ACS Symposium debate by the April 3, 2020, deadline. This year’s topic is Surgical Resident Unionization.

For participating institutions, resident unions provide a mechanism to unify and mobilize residents, who otherwise are departmentally based and decentralized. However, some argue against resident unionization for myriad reasons—from the financial to the cultural.

To participate in this debate, submit a 1,000-word essay taking either the pro or con position and submit it to the application site no later than 5:00 pm Central on the deadline. Details about the debate topic can be found on the application site. 

First-place winners of this essay contest will compete in the debate 1:00–3:00 pm Central time, October 4, 2020, at Clinical Congress 2020 in Chicago, IL. The two second-place winners will have their submissions published in the November issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.

Submit your essays, and contact with any questions.

Submit Spectacular Cases for a Clinical Congress 2020 Discussion

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) invites Resident Members and Associate Fellows to submit a case worthy of a discussion at the annual Spectacular Cases panel at Clinical Congress 2020.Submissions are due by 5:00 pm Central time May 3, 2020. 

This panel is an opportunity for Residents Members and Associate Fellows to present a case of spectacular significance because of a multidisciplinary approach to managing the case. Cases will be presented in a morbidity and mortality conference style. Selected spectacular cases—not case reports—will be presented to a group of expert panel members, followed by an interactive discussion. The discussion will take place 8:00 – 11:15 am October 6 at the ACS Clinical Congress 2020 in Chicago, IL.

Seven total spectacular cases will be accepted. Your case should be submitted as a one-page, 300-word or less abstract, exclusive of references, that includes the title and description of the case. Pictures and/or graphs are permitted. 

Submit your case for consideration today. No exceptions will be made for late entries. Contact Alison Powers at with any questions.