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Dorothy Dickinson, GME program coordinator in the department of surgery at the University of South Alabama, was recently appointed to the executive committee of the Association of Residency Administrators in Surgery (ARAS). She will serve as chair of the professional development and sunshine/event committee of that organization.
ARAS is a subcommittee of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS), which underwent a name change from the Association of Residency Coordinators in Surgery (ARCS) to better characterize their role as professionals, innovators and decision-makers within training programs.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected by my fellow ARAS colleagues,” Dickinson said. “I am hoping that my appointment will bring much-deserved recognition to our general surgery residency and fellowship programs and that we will be valued for our servant leadership. The residency administrator is the heart and soul of a program, and I am very grateful for the support of the surgical faculty and residents.”
“ARAS is a very integral and important part of surgical education, and being named to the executive committee of this organization is the highest honor that can be given to a program administrator,” said Dr. Jon Simmons, director of the USA General Surgery Residency Program and associate professor of surgery at the USA College of Medicine. “This also provides national recognition for the department of surgery and the College of Medicine.”
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