Leaders exude and inspire confidence in those
around them. Although confidence comes
from within, there is some evidence that small
interventions can affect how we feel about
ourselves and our ability to lead with assurance.
FROM RESIDENCY TO RETIREMENT
Fellows with access to career planning resources, networking
situations, advocacy training and resources, and fellowship
and scholarship programs. In addition, the College offers
the Residents as Teachers and Leaders course to help
young surgeons and trainees develop leadership skills.
The ACS Young Fellows Association (YFA) represents the
interests of surgeons ages 45 and younger and provides a forum
for them to shape the future of the organization and their
specialty. The YFA provides opportunities to serve on committees
and to lead courses and sessions at the Clinical Congress and
locally through the ACS chapters. YFA members may serve on
one of four workgroups (Advocacy, Communications, Education,
and Member Services) and have opportunities to serve as a leading
voice on advocacy and health policy issues. These groups work
during the entire year to help all members getting involved in the
national Clinical Congress program and all other ACS activities.
For surgeons interested in additional leadership
development, the ACS offers the Surgeons as Leaders:
From Operating Room to Boardroom course, which
includes a week of intense training and networking.
The College also organizes the annual Leadership &
Advocacy Summit mentioned at the beginning of this
month’s column. This meeting provides a forum for surgeons
to advocate to improve health care, meet with influential
policymakers, network with ACS leaders, become more engaged
in the organization, learn innovative ways to meet leadership
and surgical challenges, and enhance leadership skills.
Leadership is a learned skill that allows surgeons to exert
positive influence in their work environment. As surgeons,
we are responsible for leading our teams. We serve as trusted
authorities and advocates for our patients. It is important that we
develop and maintain leadership skills throughout our careers.
The ACS has programs in place to aid in the development
of surgeon leaders starting early on in our careers. ♦
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