Residents Section

The Residents Section is composed of the resident members of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and is dedicated to the development of osteopathic surgical training through excellence in education, research, and leadership.

2017 - 2018 Officers


Chair:     
Alice Higdon, D.O.
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital 
General Surgery, OGME IV
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Secretary-Treasurer:      
Christopher Foote, D.O.
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Urological Surgery, OGME IV
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Chair-elect:    
Daniel Edwards, D.O.
Hahneman University
Urological Surgery, OGME III
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Member at large
Tran Huynh, D.O.
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital
General Surgery, OGME IV
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2018 Resident Section Annual Business Meeting


The ACOS Resident Section Annual Business meeting will be held Thursday, October 18, 2018 in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons, in Atlanta, GA. The Resident Section was established to provide a direct mean for resident members to participate in the activities and governance of the ACOS. The Resident Section Officers and ACOS faculty is dedicated to the development of osteopathic surgical residency excellence in education, research and leadership. All ACOS Surgical Resident Members are invited to attend this meeting, discuss important topics and participate in the election of the 2018-2019 Resident Section Officers. The application period for 2018-2019 Resident Section Officer positions, has ended. Nominees have been selected and informed.  
During the meeting we will also ask resident members in attendance to vote on the proposed Research Ambassador position. 

The proposed Research Ambassador position is as follows:

While osteopathic surgical residents contribute valuable research to the community, there is concern that a lack of awareness exists regarding the prevalence of osteopathic surgical research, the existence of ACOS research awards and the importance of publication and presentation at the ACOS. Considering the ongoing single accreditation of osteopathic surgical residencies, committing to a strong osteopathic surgical research and publicizing that research is of the utmost importance.

The Governing Officers of the ACOS Resident Section propose the creation of a new council position to address these concerns.

Proposed Title: Research Ambassador

Proposed Funding: Travel expenses from the section fund

Proposed Duration and Selection: The research ambassador shall be a yearly position appointed to a nominee annually at the Annual Clinical Assembly. 

Proposed Description and Expectations: As follows,

The proposed purpose of the research ambassador is to foster the creation, dissemination and recognition of research among the osteopathic surgical field, specifically from the perspective of surgical residents. 

Specific duties to include

  • Disseminate osteopathic surgical research
    • Creation of a twitter by which publications and presentations by osteopathic surgical residents/programs can be disseminated (can be submitted to the ambassador to disseminate)
    • Head a campaign for osteopathic surgical research to encourage submission of original research for the annual ACOS ACA and the Erwin literary award i.e. '50/50 by 2020' (the goal being to increase submissions by 50% in each category by the 2020 ACA)
    • Provide an avenue for research questions and considerations to be discussed among peers (can be accomplished via forums on ACOS member community and advertised in ACOS program)
  • Provide a mechanism to facilitate the corroboration of osteopathic surgical residents and students around the country, to link research ideas with people looking to participate or contribute, and to facilitate multi-institutional projects

This position has the full of ACOS and will provide faculty support for Marketing and Advocacy.

To be eligible to serve, you must be a resident member of the ACOS and enrolled in a surgical residency program during your term of service. In addition to contributing to the governance of the ACOS Resident Section, council members receive a stipend to attend the ACA and participate in the Annual Resident Section Business Meeting.

Residents Section Bylaws


This Section shall be known as the ACOS Residents Section.

Article II: Mission Statement and Purpose

The Resident Section of the ACOS is dedicated to the development of osteopathic surgical training through excellence in education, research, and leadership.

Article III: Membership

The Residents Section is composed of the resident members of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.

Article IV: Dues

Dues and special assessments shall be determined by the Governing Council of the Residents Section. The process for termination and reinstatement of Residents Section membership for failure to pay dues or special assessments shall be determined by the Governing Council of the Residents Section.

Article V: Governing Council

There shall be a Governing Council for the Residents Section that shall meet at the Annual Clinical Assembly and at other times at the call of the Chair or a majority of the members of the Governing Council. The Governing Council shall consist of the officers of the Residents Section and one member at large of the council and the resident member of the RESC who will serve as the second member at large. All members of the Governing Council must be resident members of the ACOS and of the Residents Section and except for the resident member of the RESC, shall be elected by the members of the Residents Section at an annual business meeting of the Residents Section. Four members of the Governing Council shall constitute a quorum for meetings of the Governing Council.

The Governing Council shall direct the programs and activities of the Residents Section subject to the approval of such programs and activities by the Board of Governors.

The service of a Governing Council member shall terminate and the position shall be determined vacant if the member ceases to be a participant in an approved training program. If the member's eligibility in the Residents Section ends within 120 days prior to an annual business meeting, the member shall be permitted to continue to serve on the Governing Council until completion of the annual business meeting.

Any vacancies occurring on the Governing Council shall be filled at the next annual business meeting of the Residents Section.

Article VI: Officers, Duties, and Terms

The officers of the Residents Section shall consist of a Chair, Chair-elect, and Secretary-Treasurer and shall be elected by the members of the Residents Section at an annual business meeting of the Residents Section for a term of one year. The officers shall be limited to three one-year terms in any office.

The Chair shall appoint a nominating committee of three or more members of the Residents Section. At least 120 days in advance of the annual business meeting, the nominating committee will submit a list of nominees to the ACOS Executive Director for distribution to the Residents Section membership. Any resident member may run for any office by submitting to the ACOS Executive Director, at least 30 days before the annual business meeting, a petition containing the signatures of at least three resident members in good standing. When there is more than one nominee for an office, voting shall be by secret ballot at the annual business meeting.

The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the Governing Council and the annual business meeting of the Residents Section and represent the interests of the Residents Section and its members at meetings of the Board of Governors. The Chair shall represent the interests of the Residents Section by attending the annual business meetings of the ACOS student section and the AOA interns and residents section. The Chair may appoint committees as needed from time to time to conduct the business of the Residents Section.

The Chair-elect shall assist the other officers in the discharge of their duties and shall preside at all meetings of the Governing Council in the absence of the Chair.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall ensure the accurate recording and maintenance of the proceedings of the meetings of the Governing Council and the annual business meetings; oversee the Residents Section's funds, the preparation of an annual budget for approval by the Governing Council, and the maintenance of accurate financial records; and shall report on the financial condition of the Residents Section at meetings of the Governing Council and at the annual business meeting.

Article VII: Annual Business Meeting

There shall be an annual business meeting of the members of the Residents Section. This meeting shall be held in conjunction with the Annual Clinical Assembly. Twenty (20) members of the Residents Section shall constitute a quorum.

The purpose of the annual business meeting shall be: to hear reports from the officers and such other reports as may be appropriate; to elect a Chair-elect who shall serve as Chair-elect until the conclusion of the next annual business meeting, whereupon the Chair-elect shall become the Chair and serve until the conclusion of the following annual business meeting; to elect the Secretary-Treasurer and one at-large members of the Governing Council who shall assume office at the conclusion of the annual business meeting at which they are elected and shall serve until the conclusion of the next annual business meeting; and to consider and vote upon such matters as may properly come before the meeting.

Article VIII: Rules of Order

Meetings of the Residents Section shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order--Newly Revised unless otherwise specified in these bylaws or the ACOS bylaws.

Article IX: Amendments

These bylaws may be amended with the approval of a two-thirds vote of the members present at an annual business meeting and the Board of Governors. Proposed amendments shall be distributed to the resident members no less than 30 days prior to the annual members meeting.