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Open Call for RAS-ACS

The American College of Surgeons Residents and Associates (RAS) is currently seeking volunteers to serve on a variety of ACS committees, Advisory Councils, and Operation Giving Back Workgroups. Most terms are three years and will begin in October 2022. Please review the descriptions for each group below including a summary of responsibilities and expectations. All applications will be reviewed by the RAS Nominations Committee and notifications will be sent in August.

National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) Subcommittee Open Positions

The National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) was developed through a collaboration between The OSTRiCh Consortium (Optimizing the Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer) and the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

The NAPRC’s goal is to ensure patients with rectal cancer receive appropriate care using a multidisciplinary approach. The NAPRC is based on successful international models that emphasize:

  • Program Structure: Establishing a rectal cancer multidisciplinary team comprised of trained and qualified physicians and coordinators
  • Patient Care Processes: Researching supported protocols and processes for rectal cancer care.
  • Performance Improvement: Data collection and monitoring to track care processes, treatment, compliance, and patient outcomes
  • Performance Measures: Verifying adherence to evidence-based procedures, including total mesorectal excision, pathological assessment, MRI staging and reporting.

Subcommittee Positions:

  • Accreditation
  • Education
  • Quality

Liaison position requirements: Applicants should have an interest in treating rectal cancer patients and should work in a Commission on Cancer accredited program that is working toward NAPRC accreditation. Applicants should have an interest in rectal cancer program accreditation, rectal cancer research and quality measure development for rectal cancer specialists and accredited programs. There will be two-in person meetings and three annual phone/web meetings.

ACS Committees

As a liaison representative to a standing committee of the College, your role is to represent the interests of all young surgeon members to the committee on projects and issues of their concern. Additionally, this role is expected to attend any virtual and in-person meetings, and report back to YFA members through YFA workgroup you will be assigned. For most committees, travel expenses are reimbursed by the committee for in-person meetings. Please see a description of the committees below.

ACS Commission on Cancer

The multidisciplinary Commission on Cancer (CoC) establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care settings; conducts surveys in health care settings to assess compliance with those standards; collects standardized data from CoC-accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality; uses data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities; and develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings. CoC membership is comprised of 110 individuals who either are surgeons representing the College or member organization representatives from the 58 national professional organizations affiliated with the CoC. The activities of the CoC are coordinated through the Executive, Nominating, Accreditation, Advocacy, Cancer Liaison, Education, Member Organization Steering, Quality Integration committees, and related subcommittees and workgroups

ACS Advisory Councils Open Positions

Advisory Councils for the Surgical Specialties enhance ACS relationships with the specialties and enhance communication between the Board of Regents and the various specialty organizations. Advisory Councils perform the following functions:

  • Serve as a liaison in the communication of information to and from surgical societies and the Regents.
  • Advise the Regents on policy matters relating to their specialties.
  • Discuss matters to be presented to the Regents or other College departments or committees.
  • Nominate Fellows from the surgical specialties to serve on College committees and other committees and organizations.
  • Provide specialty input into the development of general and specialty sessions for the Clinical Congress.

Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgery

The Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgery consists of representatives from the Board of Regents and two specialty societies—American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and Colon and Rectal Directors Association; one representative from the Board of Governors; two representatives from the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery

The Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery consists of representatives from the Board of Regents and five specialty societies—American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Canadian Neurological Society, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Joint Council of State Neurosurgical Societies, and Neurological Society of America, four representatives from the Board of Governors, and one representative from the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Advisory Council for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 

 During the three-year single term on the Advisory Council, the RAS liaison will be tasked to set up the bi-directional transfer of information between the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), RAS, and the Advisory Council for Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. Tasks related to this transfer of information include representation of the trainee’s views and concerns to the College, increased familiarity of the benefits of becoming Fellows of the College to all the trainees, increase in OMS RAS membership, and increase in OMS representation through RAS to the committees of the College. 

Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery

The Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery consists of representatives from the Board of Regents and eight specialty societies—American Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery, Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Plastic Surgery Education Foundation, and Plastic Surgery Research Council; two representatives from the Board of Governors; and one representative from the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Advisory Council for Urology

The Advisory Council for Urology consists of representatives from the Board of Regents and three specialty societies—American Association of Clinical Urologists, American Association of Genito-Urinary Surgeons and American Urological Association, and three representatives from the Board of Governors and one representative from the American Board of Urology.

Advisory Council of Vascular Surgery

The Advisory Council for Vascular Surgery consists of representatives from the Board of Regents and seven specialty societies—American Association for Vascular Surgery, American Venous Forum, Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery, Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery, Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, and Society for Vascular Surgery; two representatives from the Board of Governors; and representatives from the RRC for Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

Operation Giving Back Open Positions

OGB - Advocacy Subcommittee
We meet four times a year and the responsibilities are:

  • Attend OGB International Subcommittees meetings
  • Report RAS GSWG initiatives to OGB INTL Subcommittee
  • Report updates from OGB INTL Subcommittee meetings to RAS GSWG
  • Coordinate initiatives between the two groups, as necessary

OGB - Domestic Subcommittee
We meet four times a year and the responsibilities are:

  • Attend OGB International Subcommittees meetings
  • Report RAS GSWG initiatives to OGB INTL Subcommittee
  • Report updates from OGB INTL Subcommittee meetings to RAS GSWG
  • Coordinate initiatives between the two groups, as necessary

OGB - Education Subcommittee
We meet four times a year and the responsibilities are:

  • Attend OGB International Subcommittees meetings
  • Report RAS GSWG initiatives to OGB INTL Subcommittee
  • Report updates from OGB INTL Subcommittee meetings to RAS GSWG
  • Coordinate initiatives between the two groups, as necessary

OGB-Global Engagement International Subcommittee
We meet four times a year and the responsibilities are:

  • Attend OGB International Subcommittees meetings
  • Report RAS GSWG initiatives to OGB INTL Subcommittee
  • Report updates from OGB INTL Subcommittee meetings to RAS GSWG
  • Coordinate initiatives between the two groups, as necessary

How to Apply:

Interested individuals should submit their applications by March 28, 2022.

When submitting your online application, you should be prepared to provide:

  1. PDF -- Letter of interest. Succinctly describe why you feel you are suited for this position and what you feel you can contribute to the committee and position, and how your skills and experience can contribute to the committee’s work.
  2. PDF-- Summary of curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages).

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What you will do

If you are selected to one of the positions listed above, in addition to the responsibilities assigned to you for that position, you will be required to participate RAS in the following ways:

  • serve on one of the five RAS workgroups that meet quarterly via teleconference
  • submit two reports each year For questions, please contact RASnews@facs.org .