Editor’s note: Each year, the Advocacy and Issues Committee of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) hosts a symposium at Clinical Congress, which focuses on a current and controversial topic in surgery that affects residents and surgical education. The topic of the 2019 discussion was Shift Work Surgery: Loss of Continuity or Sensible Balance of Responsibility?
Surgical residents are offered the opportunity to submit an essay on the symposium subject. The first-place winners this year were Lili Sadri, MD, a postgraduate year (PGY)-3 in general surgery, Abington Memorial-Jefferson Health, PA, and Jessica Rea, MD, PGY-5, University of California San Francisco East Bay. The essay contest winners were invited to present their papers at the RAS-ACS Symposium at Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco, CA, along with moderator Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), and panelists Kenneth Mattox, MD, FACS, and Sharmila Dissanaike, MD, FACS, FCCM.
Following are the second-place essays on the topic: