Dr. Kevin Staveley-O’Carroll
Te Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) is a society focused on the development of young academic surgeons. One of our most critical initiatives in this endeavor has been the development of our Fall Courses. Tese courses continue to thriveand ﬂourish in this country, and we have recently been very successful in marketing them throughout the world.I am absolutely delighted to report that the AAS Fall Courses recently held before the American College of Surgeons ClinicalCongress in Chicago had record attendance: 100 surgeons and trainees participated in the
20th Annual Fundamentalsof Surgical Research Course
(FSRC), and 96 attended the
5th Annual Career Development Course
(CDC). It wasabsolutely clear from the participants’ feedback that our recent changes in format were very well received: participantsenjoyed having the opportunity to attend both courses in sequence and to choose between sessions focusing on eitherbasic or clinical research. At this year’s retreat, the AAS Executive Council invested a great deal of energy in an attempt toincrease the attendance at these courses. Dr.
ultimately organized these ideas into a protocol that I believeis largely responsible for the courses’ outstanding success. I would like to congratulate the following individuals, who madethis year’s courses better than ever: the co-chairs of our Leadership Committee, Drs.
, whoorchestrated the CDC course under the excellent guidance of President-Elect Dr.
; and FSRC Director Dr.
, who, with the help of the co-chairs of the AAS Education Committee, Drs.
,ran the FSRC course under the able guidance of Past President Dr.
. Te speakers this year were outstanding,and we are all very grateful to them for taking time out of their busy schedules to help the AAS accomplish its goal of furthering the development of young academic surgeons.I would also like to thank AAS reasurer Dr.
and AAS Co-Deputy reasurer Dr.
for organizingthe successful luncheon presentation on industry’s relationship with academic surgery during the Fall Courses. Along theselines, Dr. Schmidt, Dr. Kimchi, and Dr.
, the AAS Co-Deputy reasurer, have been very creative andinnovative in working with industry to organize hot-topic sessions at our upcoming meeting in San Antonio, exas, onFebruary 3-5, 2010. Abstract selection has been completed for the
5th Academic Surgical Congress
(ASC) under the guidance of AASRecorder and Program Committee Chair Dr.
and Society of University Surgeons Publications Chair Dr.
Our combined meeting will enjoy another year of stellar participation: 675 abstracts will be presented!Tanks to all of you who will be participating. More details are provided in Dr. Kibbe’s update in this issue. We are currently accepting self-nominations for the upcoming elections of AAS committee members. Tis year, for the ﬁrsttime, these elections will be held on-line. In this issue, AAS Secretary Dr.
, who has done an extraordinary job organizing the quarterly newsletters and keeping our Association on track, will inform you of the process. Also in this issue, Dr.
, the AAS representative to the Association for Surgical Education, presents anarticle on
Paving the Road to Success in Academic Surgery
, our second in a series of articles about the impact of receiving an AAS Research Fellowship Award. Te AAS is proud to oﬀer a variety of research awards to students, residents, fellows, andfaculty. Te application deadline for this year’s AAS Foundation Research Fellowship Award for residents and fellows isDecember 1, 2009. We encourage all eligible members to apply.In addition to its eﬀorts on the AAS Web site, our Information and echnology Committee is hard at work on behalf of AAS members: in this issue, Dr.
How to Build and Optimize a Web Site for Your New Practice.
I would like to congratulate the AAS members who will represent our society as International Visiting Professors: thisprestigious honor has recently been awarded to Dr.
Julie Ann Sosa
, who will represent us to the Royal Australasian Collegeof Surgeons (RACS), and to Dr.
, who will represent us to the aiwan Surgical Association (SA). In exchange, we will be welcoming to the ASC Dr.
from the SA and Dr.
Chris Que He
from the RACS. For abetter understanding of these fellowships, please refer to Dr.
’s article in this newsletter, in which he provideshighlights of his recent experiences as the 2008 AAS/RACS Leadership Exchange awardee.Te AAS continues to expand its international presence by establishing fellowship exchanges throughout the world. Eﬀortsto do so are ongoing in South America and Europe. By establishing international fellowships, we can work with ourpartnering societies to conduct our courses abroad. Drs.
, co-chairs of the Global Aﬀairs Committee, under the guidance of Past President Dr.
, recently organized and participated in thesecond Academic Development Course, which was held in West Africa. Tis was once again a very successful and well-attended course, which continues to increase our international presence and membership. Watch for the report about thiscourse in the next edition of the newsletter.
ASSOCIAION FOR ACADEMIC SURGERY • FALL 2009
D. Kein Sa-O’Carol
IN HIS ISSUE
President’s Message1Program Finalized for 2010 ASC2Secretary’s Report:
Call for Self-nominations for AAS Elections
3Research Fellowship Awards:
Paving the Road to Success in Academic Surgery
4Information &echnology Review:
How to Build and Optimize aWeb Site for Your New Practice
5International VisitingProfessorship Awards Updates:
Report from the AAS Visitor to Australia and Announcement of the 2009 Awards