The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Diversity Issues, chaired by Anthony G. Charles, MB, BS, FACS, University of North Carolina Medical Center, Chapel Hill, studies the educational and professional needs of underrepresented surgeons and surgical trainees and the impact that its work may have on eliminating of health disparities among diverse population groups in the U.S. and globally.
The committee currently seeks candidates to serve an initial three-year term, which would begin in October 2014. Surgeons interested in advancing cultural competency in surgical care and in developing efforts to expand diversity among the ACS membership are encouraged to apply. The committee seeks representation by individuals of diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae and a letter of interest highlighting their skills and expertise along with contributions they could make to the committee to Connie Bura at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30, 2014. The committee will select eligible candidates and notify them in July and August. Those selected will be invited to attend the committee meeting that will take place during the 2014 Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA, October 26–30.