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Profiles in ACS leadership: A few questions for Raphael Sun, MD

This profile provides a look into the professional accomplishments and personal interests of Raphael Sun, MD, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Resident and Associate Society of the ACS.

ACS Resident and Associate Society: Diversity, equity, and inclusion in surgical patient care

The theme for this year’s RAS-ACS issue is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Surgery.

Introduction: Diversity, equity, and inclusion: The House of Surgery needs work

This introduction to the annual RAS-ACS issue provides an overview of the benefits and challenges associated with developing processes and policies that support diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion: Leveling the playing field for surgical patients

Describes how the College can play a leadership role in reducing surgical care inequities to surgical care and identifies how the RAS-ACS Fellows are uniquely positioned to advocate for health care parity for underserved populations.

Glass ceilings and sticky floors: Examining diversity and inclusion in the surgical workforce

Identifies historical milestones in achieving a level of diversity in health care and summarizes areas requiring additional work, specifically the attitudes regarding gender equity and sexual orientation in the surgical workforce.

Mirror, mirror: How current societal issues reflect changes arising in surgery

HIGHLIGHTS Compares the challenges facing LGBTQ+ individuals, minorities, and women in surgery with emerging societal issues Describes lessons learned in other industries that could be used to improve diversity and equity in the surgical workforce Highlights the importance of intersectionality At one time, # meant “number” or was called the pound sign. Since the advent […]

Shoring up the pipeline: Increasing diversity in surgery by enhancing equity and inclusion in the surgical learning environment

HIGHLIGHTS Describes the importance of increasing diversity in surgery at the key phases of surgical training: recruitment, retention, and promotion Identifies how mentorship and sponsorship enhance equitable recruitment of surgeons Explores how policies that address both traditional and nontraditional family structures increase surgeon diversity and retention Summarizes how diverse role models help maintain an inclusive […]

Increasing membership diversity in surgical societies through intentional inclusion

HIGHLIGHTS Describes disparities facing URiMs in surgery and outlines solutions to increase diversity within surgical societies Summarizes how fostering inclusion in the surgical profession is important for both moral and practical reasons, including improved access to care and enhanced patient-provider communication Outlines how professional societies with inclusive policies demonstrate increases in recruitment and retention of […]

A decade of bridging nationalities and surgical specialties: The RAS-ACS International Exchange Program

HIGHLIGHTS Outlines the aim of the RAS-ACS International Exchange Program Summarizes the findings of a recent RAS-ACS survey Describes three components for providing a high-value international exchange program Since 2011, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has partnered with surgical societies around the world to foster connections among early-career surgeons. This article describes the College’s Resident […]

RAS-ACS Communications Committee Essay Contest: Artificial intelligence in surgery: A call to action

Tyler J. Loftus, MD, the 2020 RAS Communications Committee essay winner, describes the role of artificial intelligence in surgery.

ACS News

Should residents unionize? Hear the pros and cons at virtual Clinical Congress 2020 RAS-ACS Symposium

The initial paragraphs of the introductory essay on resident unionization, the focus of the annual RAS-ACS symposium, is featured.

From Residency to Retirement

ACS offers opportunities for increased specialty resident participation in the College

Professional enrichment opportunities provided by the RAS-ACS are described as is an effort to enhance OB-GYN resident involvement in the College in Pennsylvania and across the U.S.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The following comments were received regarding recent articles published in the Bulletin.

RAS Communications Committee Essay Contest: Cut it out: Changing the status quo

RAS Communications Committee Essay Contest: Cut it out: Changing the status quo

Laura F. Goodman, MD, MPH, RAS Communications Committee essay winner, outlines the benefits of fostering an inclusive environment within the surgical profession.

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Shift work surgery: Loss of continuity or sensible balance of responsibility?

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Shift work surgery: Loss of continuity or sensible balance of responsibility?

The topic of this year’s ACS Resident and Associate Society Symposium is Shift Work Surgery: Loss of Continuity or Sensible Balance of Responsibility; the following are the second-place essays submitted, offering views from both sides of the debate.

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Shift work surgery: Loss of continuity or sensible balance of responsibility?

Pro: Shift work surgery: Loss of continuity or sensible balance of responsibility?

This essay supports the perspective that shift work has been successfully implemented in other surgical specialties, including acute care and in hospitalist programs, and can help address the issues of burnout and work-life integration.

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Shift work surgery: Loss of continuity or sensible balance of responsibility?

Con: Shift work surgery: Loss of continuity or sensible balance of responsibility?

This essay asserts that shift work disrupts the continuum of surgical patient care and interferes with residents’ full exposure to all phases of surgical care delivery.

Surgeon Wellness and Resilience

Nurturing wellness and fostering resilience during a surgical career: An introduction

This introduction to the annual RAS-ACS issue describes the benefits associated with developing wellness and resilience.

Surgeon Wellness and Resilience

The transformation of surgical education and its influence on resident wellness

The evolution of the surgical training model and its potential effect on resident wellness are identified, as are the benefits and challenges of maintaining work-life balance.

Surgeon Wellness and Resilience

Silence is deadly: The importance of communication in addressing wellness and burnout in surgical residency

Describes how positive modes of communication affect resident wellness and highlights potential barriers for physicians seeking help to overcome burnout and mental illness.

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