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Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Surgeons and the discipline of surgery, particularly academic surgery, have a tradition of leadership both within medicine and within society. Currently, we are being challenged to harness our innate curiosity, hard work, and perseverance to address the historically significant deficiencies within our field in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Surgery needs to identify areas for improvement and work iteratively to address and correct past deficiencies. This requires honest and ongoing identification and correction of implicit and explicit biases. More diverse departments, residencies, and universities will improve our care, enhance our productivity, augment our community connections, and achieve our most fundamental ambition - doing good for our patients. A working group, the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, was formed at the time of the ASA's 2017 Annual Meeting, and charged with producing a work product to identify issues and hurdles and develop a set of solutions and benchmarks to aid the academic surgical community in achieving these goals. This "living document," Ensuring Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Academic Surgery, is now available online. Read more.

Global Surgery Task Force

There is an unacceptably high burden of death and disability from conditions that are treatable by surgery, worldwide and especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The major actions to improve this situation need to be taken by the surgical communities, institutions, and governments of the LMICs. However, the United States (US) surgical community, including the US academic surgical community, have important roles to play in addressing this problem. The American Surgical Association convened a Working Group to address how US academic surgery can most effectively decrease the burden from surgically treatable conditions in LMICs. Its consensus statement, "Global Surgery: Effective Involvement of US Academic Surgery,” is now available in the Annals of Surgery. Read more.


ASA/ACS 2019 Health Policy and Management Scholarship Available
The American College of Surgeons and the American Surgical Association are offering an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The course takes place June 2-8, 2019. The award is in the amount of $8,000, to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course.
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2020 Membership Cycle
The 2020 membership application cycle is now open and new applications may be initiated by current ASA Fellows. The Association strongly encourages sponsorship of membership applications for women leaders and underrepresented minorities, as well as from a range of surgical specialties. A candidate's electronic membership application must be completed and submitted online by March 1, 2019, and all sponsors' recommendation letters uploaded by March 31, 2019, in order for that membership candidate's name to be read at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. Please note that the timeline from completion of application to election at the 2020 Annual Meeting is at minimum 13 months long. Read the complete timeline, instructions, and criteria and process here.
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