The 2014 Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) Symposium at the ACS Clinical Congress, will take place Sunday, October 26, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:30 pm at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA, and will focus on the future of general surgery training. Five-Year General Surgery Residency: Fix It or Flush It? will review the impact of the Affordable Care Act on reimbursement, and distribution of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education funds on surgical training. Should residents adapt to change, or will they wear "blinders" until things return to the way they were? RAS-ACS members may join the discussion and submit essays that express their opinions on whether surgical training is due for reform or for revolution.
First-place winners on both sides of the debate will be invited to present their viewpoints. Third- and fourth-place winners will have their submissions published in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. Audience questions and discussion will follow.
•Maximum 1,000 word essay as a Word document
• References not required, but preferred
• Include name, facility, city, state, phone number, and e-mail address
• Submissions are due at 5:00 pm (CDT) on Friday, May 2, 2014 to RASNews@facs.org.