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AAS Surgery Recruitment Video - "Redefining Surgery"

Announcement from the President of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS): "...There is an exciting recruitment DVD that highlights the benefits of becoming a surgeon today.  Sponsored by the AAS, the American College of Surgeons, the Society of University Surgeons, and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, this video is a contemporary documentary of surgery as a rewarding career – with cutting–edge technological advances, clinical and basic/translational research opportunities, a commitment to education and mentoring, and a priority on diversity and work-life balance.

The evolution of surgery training has forced us to ask students to make major career decisions regarding specialty choice far earlier during their education than in the past. To address this issue, the surgery recruitment video project was conceived to attract the brightest students to consider surgery and its clinical, scientific, and educational pursuits as a career choice.  Surgeons representing the full spectrum of the field – senior surgeons, junior faculty, trainees and students; academic practice and community practice; all subspecialties; and a range of gender and ethnicity – were interviewed to openly discuss these important issues.  The end product is an interactive DVD called “Redefining Surgery” with chapters on:

  • Why Surgery?
  • Surgical Education
  • Academics and Research
  • Diversity in Surgery
  • The Surgical Life
  • The Future of Surgery

“Redefining Surgery” is now available both on DVD and as online streaming video on the AAS website and on YouTube.  An extended podcast series is in development. Social networking has also been established to provide additional resources and content, to foster live discussion relevant to surgical career decision-making, and to provide a widespread network of mentorship for students seeking advice and support for their surgical career goals.

To view the chapters of the DVD, please visit:"

Melina Kibbe, MD, RVT
AAS President

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