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Dear NC-ACS Young Fellow, 

The 2021 Leadership and Advocacy Summit is scheduled to take place virtually on May 15 – 17.  This is a two-part meeting with the Leadership Summit scheduled for May 15th and the Advocacy Summit on Sunday May 16th and virtual Congressional Visits on Monday May 17th.  The Leadership and Advocacy Summit is a very practical meeting with both leadership and advocacy topics and this year they are free to attend virtually.  This is a great opportunity for young surgeons to get involved with American College of Surgeons.  Registration is available here.

Second, as a part of this meeting the YFA is holding a virtual hangout on SundayMay 16th at 7:30 PM EDT to discuss “The Virtual Room Where It Happens.”   This will be an interactive session where participants will have the opportunity to discuss and learn from surgeons who have been effective at virtual advocacy during the pandemic.  We are excited to feature Dr. Amy Liepert and Dr. Paula Ferrada, who are very effective surgeon advocates.  


Hope to see you there! 

Jean Ashburn, MD, FACS
NC-ACS YFA Representative

The (Virtual) Room Where It Happens

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm CST 


Join the YFA in a Virtual Hangout during the Leadership and Advocacy Meeting for the opportunity to share ideas on the importance of young surgeons getting involved in state and federal advocacy. Join us in discussing how to get involved and the importance of getting involved. 

Topics to be discussed include: 

  • Advocacy in the setting of virtual visits 
  • Importance of surgeon advocates 
  • Importance of participation in the Surgeons PAC 



Dr. Amy Liepert


Dr. Liepert is the program director of the acute care surgery fellowship at the University of California San Diego. She has an interest in surgical health policy advocacy. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons Health Policy and Advocacy Council and the Health Policy and Advocacy Group. 

Dr. Paula Ferrada



Dr. Ferrada is the program director of the surgical critical care fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is active in the American College of Surgeons. She is the past chair of the Young Fellows Association Governing Council and is currently the YFA liaison to the Surgeons PAC.



Dr. Jason Wilson



Dr. Wilson is a breast surgeon with BayCare Medical Group and a member of the BayCare Medical Group Board of Directors. He is the YFA liaison to the General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee and serves on the YFA Governing Council. 


Sponsored by the Advocacy & Issues Workgroup of the Young Fellows Association of the American College of Surgeons