by Jacob Moalem, MD, FACS
V101 No 2 BULLETIN American College of Surgeons
Not your father’s ACS:
As I was traveling home from Clinical Congress 2015 in Chi- cago, IL, having just been appointed Chair of the Young Fellow’s Association (YFA), I couldn’t help but reflect on
how dramatically the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has
changed over the years.
I have been privileged to be deeply engaged in ACS activities
since my second year of residency in 2004. In the last 12 years, I
have been honored to represent the College at meetings of the
American Medical Association, to lead the Resident and Associate Society (RAS-ACS), to serve on several College committees,
and now to chair the YFA. I have thus acquired a unique perspective on the work of the College and how it supports residents and
young surgeons, which, due to the visionary leadership of numerous individuals, has recently become even more active.
This article highlights just a few of the ways in which our
organization has focused its attention on becoming more sensitive to young surgeons’ needs, more responsive to our wishes
and requests, and more inclusive of young surgeons in its programming and among its leadership ranks.
The view from the Chair of the YFA