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2016 Scudder Oration Essay Competition

This essay competition is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) and Resident and Associate Society (RAS-ACS).

Why is the practice of trauma surgery important to you, your patients, and your community? The Scudder Oration has been a historical platform for highlighting the significant impacts and advances trauma surgery has made for the care of injured patients. Resident members and Fellows of the ACS are invited to join the conversation with the 2016 Scudder Oration Essay Competition sponsored by the ACS COT and RAS-ACS.

Competition Details

The essay competition focuses on the 2016 Scudder Oration (video below), titled “Responding to Crisis: Surgeons as Leaders in Disaster Response,” given by Susan Briggs, MD, FACS, at Clinical Congress. The intent of the essay is to interpret and reflect on the lecture and its relevance to your experience in the practice of trauma surgery in one or more of the following ways:

  • Describe how the topic of this year’s lecture has been significant to the care of a particular patient(s) during your training or the health of the public. It may include a case(s) where the topic was particularly relevant to patients you cared for or those in your community, or how persistent challenges or barriers in the care of patients in mass casualty events and disaster response are needed to improve patient survival and the health of the public.
  • Describe how the topic of the lecture is significant to you as a learner and surgeon in training and explain how your future practice may be influenced based on the lecture.

The essay is not intended to be a summary or recapitulation of the Scudder Oration, but an interpretation of it and reflection of you and your patients’ experiences in the care of traumatic injuries.

Judging Criteria

Essays will be judged based upon the following criteria:

  • Originality of the interpretation and reflection
  • Relevance to the original lecture
  • Composition (spelling, grammar, adherence to outlined specifications).

Eligible Participants

Residents members and Fellows of the ACS are eligible to submit an essay. The applicant need not be present at the lecture to participate.

Essay Guidelines

The essay should be no longer than two double-spaced (11 point Arial font with 1-inch margins) pages. Essay submissions should be sent electronically to The deadline for submitting essays is January 1, 2017.The winner will be announced at the Spring meeting of the ACS COT.

The winner will receive an expense-paid trip covering airfare, two nights in a hotel, and three days of meals to ACS Clinical Congress 2017, and will be recognized at the ACS COT dinner that takes place during the Clinical Congress.

2016 Scudder Oration

Susan Briggs, MD, FACS, delivered the 2016 Scudder Oration on Trauma, “Responding to Crisis: Surgeons as Leaders in Disaster Response,” at Clinical Congress 2016 in Washington, DC.