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SUBMIT RAS ESSAYS, “WHEN I WANT TO QUIT, AND WHY I DON’T,” BY MAY 1
The Communications Committee of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) is sponsoring its sixth annual essay contest, open to all RAS members. Participants are asked to write an essay of 500 words or less on the topic “When I Want to Quit, and Why I Don’t,” describing an overwhelming situation that led them to consider abandoning their surgical career plans.
The life of a surgeon is, by definition, physically and emotionally demanding. Ideally, the practicing surgeon will have mastered medical knowledge, surgical judgment, and technical skill, and provide compassionate care to patients. The essays should consider the difficulty of achieving these goals and the surgeon’s unique situation. Selected essays will be published in the Bulletin, and the top essayist will receive a cash award of at the 2014 ACS Clinical Congress, October 26-30, in San Francisco, CA.
The deadline for essay submissions is May 1. E-mail all submissions with contact information—including e-mail address, phone number, mailing address—as well as postgraduate year level and training program to RASNews@facs.org.
SUBMIT NAMES OF RAS-ACS SURGICAL JEOPARDY TEAMS BY APRIL 15
Resident and Associate Members of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) are invited to participate in Surgical Jeopardy, a competition that will take place October 29 during the ACS 2014 Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA. Surgical Jeopardy allows teams of residents to showcase their surgical knowledge. Mark W. Bowyer, MD, FACS, a member of the ACS Committee on Trauma, Fairfax, VA, will moderate the six rounds of competition, with four teams of two surgeons each.
To participate in Surgical Jeopardy, submit the following information to email@example.com by 5:00 pm (CDT) Tuesday, April 15:
- Name of surgical residency program, city, and state
- Resident contestant #1: Name, mailing address, city, state, zip, phone, and e-mail
- Resident contestant #2: Name, mailing address, city, state, zip, phone, and e-mail
SURGICAL RESIDENTS’ SPECTACULAR CASES DUE APRIL 15
Current resident members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) may submit their extraordinary case studies until 5:00 pm (CDT) on April 15 to be considered for presentation at the Spectacular Cases from Residents session at the 2014 ACS Clinical Congress. This interactive session—Tuesday, October 28, from 8:00 to 11:15 am at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA—allows seven to eight residents to present extraordinary cases to a panel of experts who pose management questions, followed by a discussion. A. Frederick Schild, MD, FACS, a Past ACS Governor, Miami, FL; and Juan Carlos Paramo, MD, FACS, Secretary of the ACS South Florida Chapter, Miami Beach, FL, will lead the discussions. Residents will have approximately 15 minutes each to present their case, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
Submit cases for consideration in a one-page, double-spaced abstract as a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the title and description of the case, along with your name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. Do not include any patient-identifying information. The maximum word count is 300; pictures and/or graphics may be submitted.
Case reviews will take place in April, and selected residents will be notified in May. The RAS will not consider cases received after the deadline. For more information, contact email@example.com.