Young Surgeons Travel Stipend

The leadership of the ACS encourages participation in the Southern California Chapter meeting particularly of young surgeons. A stipend to help defray travel and registration costs to a future ACS meeting, either local or national, is offered to three Young Surgeons every year. The successful applicants meeting all requirements receive a $1,200 stipend each after registering to attend the local chapter meeting and completing a simple application form. The winners are announced at the Young Surgeons' Breakfast. Winners have to be present to receive the stipend. During this meeting, each young surgeon has also the opportunity to meet and establish a professional relationship with visiting professors and leaders of the ACS and our Chapter.

The application process will close at 5:00 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Young Surgeons Travel Stipend Participation Requirements:

  • Applicants must be practicing surgeons---the travel stipend is not intended for Research Fellows or residents.
  • Complete a simple application form
  • You must use the stipend for travel to either a local or national meeting of the American College of Surgeons within 18 months of receipt. Other meetings are not eligible. Questions should be resolved in advance.
  • You are required to submit your travel expense receipts to the local chapter office as proof of attendance at an ACS meeting.

One of the main goals of the Southern California Chapter is to ensure young surgeons representation in chapter activities and committees. It is also our goal to encourage new membership within the chapter and to retain existing members, to encourage the exchange of information among the younger membership, to encourage an esprit de corps among the younger members, and to serve as a resource for residents and students who seek a career in surgery.

A Young Surgeon is defined as any physician member of the ACS who is younger than 45 years old. The Committee on Young Surgeons (CYS) was established as an ad hoc committee in 1969 and as a standing committee in 1973. The CYS works to establish closer relationships between the College and Residents, Associate Fellows, and young Fellows of the College, promote active participation of young surgeons in College affairs, including the Chapter level, and to make College activities meaningful to young surgeons in all specialties. More information can be found at American College of Surgeons Committee on Young Surgeons web page.

2017 Travel Stipend winners

The leadership of the ACS encourages participation in the Southern California Chapter meeting particularly of young surgeons. A stipend to help defray travel and registration costs to a future ACS meeting, either local or national, is offered to three Young Surgeons every year. The successful applicants meeting all requirements receive a $1,200 stipend. The winners were announced at the Saturday morning Young Surgeons' Breakfast.

The 2017 Young Surgeons Travel Stipend Winners:

  • Jukes Namm, MD, Loma Linda
  • Karen Zaghiyan, MD, FACS, Cedars-Sinai
  • Nimmi Kapoor, MD, FACS, Private Practice, L.A.

One of the main goals of the Southern California Chapter is to ensure young surgeons representation in chapter activities and committees. It is also our goal to encourage new membership within the chapter and to retain existing members, to encourage the exchange of information among the younger membership, to encourage an esprit de corps among the younger members, and to serve as a resource for residents and students who seek a career in surgery.

2018 SURGERY ACADEMIC ORAL EXAMINATION COURSE OFFERINGS

The Certifying Examination (CE) Review Course will be offered January 11-15, 2018 in Santa Barbara prior to the ACS Southern California Chapter meeting at the Montecito Inn. Courses are limited to 16 participants each and generally fill-up quickly.  This course represents the fourth annual Southern California stop for this course, and will feature several prominent So Cal ACS members and leaders in surgical resident education from around the southland. 

Surgeons who have not passed the certifying examination(CE) or senior residents or fellows who anticipate difficulty with the certifying examination will receive individual feedback from national faculty on their oral skills and knowledge base. The expanded course will provide individual assessment throughout the week. All participants will be videotaped in a mock certifying examination simulation on the fourth day and assigned a debriefing session on the fifth day. The debriefing will include a behavioral analysis, content areas of weakness, a plan, and questions for review along with a secure digital video card of the participant’s mock exam.

Originally developed with The New England Program Directors in Surgery, this small certifying examination course, was intended for those who had difficulty with oral examinations. Today’s faculty represents major academic teaching programs throughout the U.S. with regional co-directors. Faculty members are not reimbursed for their time, unlike for commercial courses. The outcomes of this 30-year course were presented at a 2011 meeting of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of Surgical Education.

The full description and registration information are available online.  For more information, contact Dr. Pamela Rowland at:   nesurgery@gmail.com

SURGICAL JEOPARDY

Invitations will be going out shortly for the 2018 Surgical Jeopardy Competition!

The most recent competition took place on Saturday afternoon, January 21st at the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting. Residents from Southern California residency programs competed for the coveted Dowden Trophy, as well as bragging rights in what was an educational and highly entertaining event.

Four preliminary rounds pit three residency programs against one another, with the winner of each round advancing to final jeopardy for the tournament of champions.

Participating programs for the 2017 Surgical Jeopardy competition were:

  • Cedars Sinai
  • Harbor - UCLA
  • Huntington
  • Kaiser, LA
  • Kaiser, Arrowhead
  • Kern
  • Loma Linda
  • Riverside
  • Santa Barbara
  • UCI
  • UCLA
  • USC

AND THE WINNER WAS...

For the 2nd year in a row!

The University of California, Irvine

Represented by Drs. Sarath Sujatha-Bhaskar and John Gahagan


THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG SURGEONS AND CHAPTER LEADERS

Each year, the Southern California Chapter sends two members to the ACS Leadership Conference as Young Surgeons Representatives. This meeting offers a way for Young Surgeons to become involved with both the ACS and the Southern California Chapter. Topics include legal updates, mentoring workshops, updates on ACS activities and programs, risk management communications strategies, professional liability and practice management.

Representatives from the Council also participate in the Leadership Conference in the Capitol Hill visits, where they speak with legislators in Congress and learn about the top legislative issues for the year. The ACS staff teaches the attendees how to lobby the representatives on topics such as professional liability, physician payment, trauma care system planning and development and physician on-call issues under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).

Young surgeons members of the ACS Southern California Chapter have the opportunity to meet during the Annual Scientific Meeting in Santa Barbara, CA.

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