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The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) sponsors and has access to a variety of scholarships, competitions, awards, and project work that Residents and Associate Fellow members can take advantage of and volunteer for.


Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award

Is there someone who has inspired you to become involved in the American College of Surgeons and been a surgical mentor to you? If so, nominate them for the RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award!

Matthew D. Neal, MD, FACS

It is with great pleasure that the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons recognizes Dr. Matthew Dr. Neal as the Outstanding Mentor of the Year. Dr. Neal was nominated by Anupamaa Seshadri, MD, Associate Fellow, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In the application, Dr. Seshadri said of Dr. Neal:

“Both through his words as well as through his actions as a rising academic star in the field of trauma-induced coagulopathy, Dr. Neal was a huge factor in my deciding that continuing to pursue a passion for both trauma surgery and basic science was not only possible, but also would truly enrich my future career. Dr. Neal is a true role model as a trauma surgeon, a surgical intensivist, and a rigorous and talented researcher, but his real gift is mentorship.”

Dr. Neal is a member of the Association for Academic Surgery as well as the ACS. He began his association with the ACS as a resident where he was 2009 recipient of the Wyeth Resident Research Scholar. Dr Neal became a fellow of the College in 2018.

Dr. Neal will receive a monogramed vase to memorialize his contributions to the field of surgery.


Scholarships and Fellowships

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) presents scholarships focused on Residents and Associate Fellows.

Scholarships for Residents

Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship (Associate Fellows are eligible to apply)

George H. A. Clowes, Jr., MD, FACS, Memorial Research Career Development Award

Learn about the 2020 Leadership Scholarship Award Recipients 

Project Work

The RAS-ACS sponsors a variety of committees that work on annual projects for the society during the year. As an ACS Resident Member or Associate Fellow, you are encouraged to get involved and join a RAS Committee.

Advocacy & Issues

This committee aims to promote grassroots legislative awareness and advocacy interest in ACS. Projects include:

  • Institutional and residency GME funding inadequacies
  • Annual Symposium at Clinical Congress
  • Firearm Injury Podcast Series
  • Diversity in Surgical Trial Participants
  • Opioid Education

This committee holds an annual Essay Contest, and disseminates information to RAS members regarding all aspects of a surgical career through:

  • An e-newsletter
  • Annual essay competition
  • August Bulletin issue
  • Podcast creation
  • JACS social media journal club collaboration
  • RAS promotional videos
  • Social media

This committee investigates, discusses, and disseminates educational ideas and practices for all surgical disciplines related to training. Projects include:

  • Surgical skills competition, So You Think You Can Operate? at Clinical Congress annually
  • Surgical Jeopardy for chapters
  • Electronic Medical Record Survey
  • Panel Sessions for Clinical Congress
  • Landmark Papers online Journal Club, subcommittee of Behind the Knife Podcast

This committee works to increase members and member engagement in the College. Projects include:

  • International Scholarship Exchange
  • Member incentives, recruitment, and engagement
  • Monthly phone Hangouts on various topics
Associate Fellow
  • Newsletter
  • Advocacy
  • ACS Annual RAS August Bulletin Article
  • ACS Clinical Congress Session, Why Should I Become FACS and How Do I Do It?
  • Professional Development Resources
  • Pathways to Fellowship Interview Series
  • Resource Toolbox for Young Surgeons

Monthly Conference Call Schedule

Each committee meets one Wednesday a month via conference call.

  • 1st Wednesday: Associate Fellow, 7:00 pm CT
  • 1st Wednesday: Advocacy & Issues, 8:00 pm CT
  • 2nd Wednesday: Communications, 8:00 pm CT
  • 3rd Wednesday: Membership, 8:00 pm CT
  • 4th Wednesday: Education, 8:00 pm CT

Contact and tell us which committee you would like to join and we will include you in the roster.