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RAS-ACS Hangouts

RAS-ACS Hangouts

You must register for a hangout in advance of attending. You will able to join the hangout once you have received the login information email.

Monday, May 2, 2022 | 7:00 pm CT

This month, we will offer two topics simultaneously during the hour.

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Optimizing the OR Experience – A Primer for Students

The objective of this Hangout is to discuss ways in which medical students can best prepare for and be successful in the operating room on their surgery clerkships.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify key areas of OR etiquette
  • Communicate effectively with the entire OR team, from nursing to the attending surgeon
  • Review ways to successfully prepare for operations and how to maximize learning opportunities
  • Understand your role in the OR and how you can meaningfully contribute to patient care
  • Identify traits of successful medical students rotating through Surgery clinicals


Afif Kulaylat, MD

Afif Kulaylat, MD

Dr. Kulaylat is a general and thoracic pediatric surgeon who completed his subspecialty training in pediatric surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. His clinical interests include neonatal surgery, oncology, minimally invasive surgery and robotics, and the surgical management of endocrine and congenital colorectal disorders. He is a former chair of the RAS-ACS Executive Committee.

James Maynard, MD

James Mynard, MD

Dr. Mynard graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2018. He works in New York, NY and specializes in General Surgery.

Discussion on Global Disparities in Access to Cleft Care

Dr. Rami Kantar will discuss his experience with the Global Smile Foundation providing comprehensive cleft care through clinical work, research, and education.

Learning Objectives

  • Highlight global disparities in access to surgical care
  • Emphasize global disparities in access to cleft care
  • Propose simulation-based cleft care education in low-to-middle income countries as a sustainable, capacity-building initiative


Rami S. Kantar, MD, MPH

Rami S. Kantar, MD, MPH
Surgery Resident, The University of Maryland Medical System/Shock Trauma Center
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A
Volunteer, Global Smile Foundation (GSF)

Rami S. Kantar, MD, MPH was born in Adelaide, Australia. He has dual Lebanese and Australian citizenships. He received his Bachelor of Science (BS, 2008) and Medical Degree (MD, 2013) from The American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. He has also received a Master in Public Health (MPH, 2019) from Columbia University in New York City, U.S.A.

Rami has received The American College of Surgeons 2021 Surgical Resident Volunteerism Award for his work with the philanthropic non-profit organization Global Smile Foundation (GSF). Rami has been a volunteer with GSF for almost a decade, and is a member of its internal review board, surgical, education and research committees. Over the last decade, GSF has provided comprehensive cleft care to thousands of patients in need around the world, preventing significant disability for these patients and their communities. Rami’s roots in Lebanon and Australia, as well as immigrating to the United States for surgical training, have allowed him to truly appreciate and palpate how pronounced global disparities in surgical and cleft care are, and have been key elements behind his passion for global surgery and volunteerism.

Rami is currently a surgery resident at The University of Maryland Medical System/Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. He will be starting his plastic and reconstructive surgery training at New York University, New York City, U.S.A, in July 2022.

Rami has completed research fellowships in plastic and reconstructive surgery and facial transplantation at New York University in New York City, U.S.A (2017-2019); experimental therapeutics and viral vector gene delivery at The Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, U.S.A (2013-2015); and molecular genetics at AUB in Beirut, Lebanon (2008-2009).

Rami's clinical interests include reconstructive surgery, cleft lip and palate, craniofacial surgery, and microsurgery. His research interests focus on global surgery, cleft lip and palate, facial transplantation, vascularized composite allotransplantation, plastic and reconstructive surgery, surgical education, and value-based surgical delivery.

Please register for this event. After registering, you will receive dial-in details.

This event is sponsored by the Membership Committee and the Global Surgery Work Group of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons.