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in their professional lives.
34 The robust discussions
during the symposium prompted the RAS-ACS Issues
and Advocacy Committee to appoint a workgroup
of trainees and ACS members to develop guidelines
on social media use, a timely adjunct to the ACS Statements on Principles for surgeon professionalism.
Like previous generations of surgeons whose advocacy efforts addressed new challenges to patient safety
and surgical care, contemporary surgeons and trainees
face issues that will evolve with the shifting political
landscape and practice patterns. Dedicated surgeon
engagement in local, state, and federal advocacy will be
imperative to combat regulatory and legislative threats
to quality, access, payment, and the surgical workforce.
The past successes of the ACS reflect the commitment
of surgeon leaders across the nation whose boots on
the ground approach paved the way forward. Together,
surgeons of today and tomorrow have an unprecedented opportunity to shape the direction and potential
of surgical advocacy, ensuring the protection of our
patients and the future of our profession. ♦
The authors would like to thank Sara Morse, Manager,
Legislative and Political Affairs, ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, Washington, DC, for her assistance
with this article.