“We decided to meet biannually at the ACS Spring
Meeting and the ACS Clinical Congress. Eventually
the Spring Meeting became resident-centric due to our
efforts, and many recurring events, such as Resident
Jeopardy and Spectacular Case Presentations, were
introduced—and some still exist today.” [Personal
communication between Dr. Terzian and Dr. Cipolla,
April 12, 2016.] The CAS-ACS continued to evolve, and
in 2004 the organization was renamed the Resident and
Associate Society of the ACS (RAS-ACS).
Membership in the RAS-ACS happens automatically whenever a physician becomes a Resident Member
or Associate Fellow of the ACS. Resident membership is available to surgical trainees who are enrolled
in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical
Education-accredited training program focused on one
of the 14 surgical specialties recognized by the ACS—
cardiothoracic surgery, colon and rectal surgery, general
surgery, gynecology and obstetrics, gynecologic oncology, neurological surgery, ophthalmic surgery, oral and
maxillofacial surgery, orthopaedic surgery, otorhinolaryngology, pediatric surgery, plastic and maxillofacial
surgery, urology, and vascular surgery—or who have
finished an initial residency and are involved in either
surgical research or a surgical fellowship program.
Associate Fellows are surgeons who have experienced
fewer than six years of unsupervised surgical practice
or are graduates of surgical residency programs and
have entered into another surgical residency, research,
or fellowship program.
Many benefits and opportunities are associated
with being a part of the RAS-ACS. The RAS-ACS provides leadership opportunities through committees
(Advocacy and Issues, Membership, Education, and
Communications), and offers chances to participate in
ACS committees, chapters, and Advisory Councils. It
also provides scholarships to attend the annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit. Members can participate in
RAS-ACS essay contests, which can lead to publication
in the ACS Bulletin.
RAS-ACS members also are eligible for free admission to the ACS Clinical Congress, a free subscription to
the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, discounted
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Several key founding and guiding principles remain
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important challenges for surgeons is to find innovative
ways to remain dynamic and to continually improve.
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