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Yewande Alimi, MD, MHSYewande Alimi Receives AWS Outstanding Resident Award

The RAS-ACS congratulates Yewande Alimi, MD, MHS, current Secretary and incoming Vice-Chair of the RAS-ACS Executive Committee, on receiving the Association of Women Surgeons Hillary Sanfey Outstanding Resident Award. The award recognizes surgical trainees who demonstrate potential as future leaders in surgery. Congratulations, Dr. Alimi!

RAS-ACS Executive Committee Secretary Election

The RAS-ACS Executive Secretary election will begin later this month. Watch your e-mail inbox for a personalized invitation from Survey Monkey to cast your vote for the RAS-ACS Executive Committee Secretary position. A picture, brief statement of intent, and short video will be included in the ballot to help you familiarize yourself with the candidates and their positions on leadership. This person who is elected to this one-year position will ascend through the Executive Committee positions to ultimately become the chair. Be sure to cast your vote!

2021 ACS-AEI Call for Abstracts Is Open until September 10

The Call for Abstracts is now open for the 2021 Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit: An International Multi-Professional Meeting, March 11–13 at the Swissôtel in Chicago, IL. This ACS-AEI forum highlights the best research in simulation-based surgical education or implementation of innovative simulation-based surgical education methods. Anyone involved with simulation-based education or surgical simulation-based training is invited to submit abstracts by Thursday, September 10 at 11:59 pm Central.

There are three opportunities to present: Innovative Techniques, Original Papers, and Poster Presentations. Submitted abstracts are reviewed by the Program Review Committee. All ACS Surgical Simulation Summit abstract submissions must be from original research, not previously published or presented, with the expectation that all work submitted and accepted will be presented at this meeting. Presenting authors will receive the Program Review Committee’s decision by Friday, December 11. For abstract submission information, contact Amy Johnson at 312-202-5415 or

Submit your abstract today.

Advocacy during COVID-19

Precautions taken during the coronavirus pandemic mean members of Congress and their staffs are meeting virtually with their constituents. Connecting with legislators is even more important today than ever before, and physical distance shouldn’t keep you from sharing your concerns with your legislators.

Scheduling a virtual meeting with a lawmaker or his or her staff involves much the same process as scheduling an in-district meeting. When contacting your member of Congress through his or her legislative website, include the term “virtual meeting request.”

Invite a few colleagues to join the call; your request for a virtual meeting is more likely to be accepted if it comes from a larger group, perhaps four to 10 constituent attendees.

Check out some tips from ACS SurgeonsVoice before your meeting.

While many of us have tried out virtual meeting technology, practice before your meeting by signing in, speaking, and muting.

Concisely conveying your personal or professional story with practice-informed details provides meaningful information for your legislator. Find your members of Congress.