American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Member Services

Membership in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is an integral part of your profession. Whether you're still in training, or at the peak of your career, our top priority is providing value for you, our members—at every step.

Quality Programs

Improving the quality of surgical care leads to greater access for patients, fewer complications and better outcomes, thus lowering the cost of care. Our quality improvement programs have improved quality in trauma and cancer care, bariatric surgery, and in overall surgical care.


Educating and training surgeons remains integral across the entire spectrum of College activities. Rely on the ACS to be your premier source for surgical education and take advantage of a wide variety of resources appropriate for your learning needs.


ACS advocacy activities at the federal and state level represent the interests of you, the practicing surgeon, and your patients.  We encourage all surgeons to get involved in advocacy matters. Take action. Protect your patients and your profession. 

ACS Taste of the City

ACS Taste of the City

Join us for ACS Taste of the City. Experience Chicago's diverse dining and cultural scene Wednesday, October 7, 5:00–7:00 pm. Bring your appetite and plan to enjoy live music, activities, and camaraderie with ACS leaders and members. The event is free to all attendees and their families. Make sure to add the event when you register for Clinical Congress.

If you have already registered for the Clinical Congress, add the event to your existing registration by accessing your ConnectME registration dashboard.

  Register today!

Future Trauma Leaders

The Future Trauma Leaders Program is a training and mentoring opportunity for junior trauma and acute care surgeons who have completed their fellowship within the last five years. Participants will be assigned to a research or quality improvement project and a COT committee in their area of interest and will be encouraged to get involved in committee projects. Applications are due August 28. Learn more about what the program has to offer as well as its requirements.

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Resident Research Scholarship

Dr. Maker

Apply for a Resident Research Scholarship today. The ACS will award six two-year research scholarships to resident members in the U.S. and Canada. The deadline for completing the application and submitting all supporting documents is September 1. The scholarship will pay the recipients $30,000 per year for each of the two years. Successful applicants will begin their awards in July 2016.

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Straight from the Source

Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS®) scours peer-reviewed medical journals for the most relevant evidence-based content. In this video, ACS Fellows discuss how they use this product to spend their time learning, not searching. Eight online and print editions of the digest are issued each year to help surgeons stay current with the most important articles in surgery.

  Learn more about SRGS

Heroes in Surgery

Olga Jonasson, MD, FACS

Surgeon Olga Jonasson, MD, FACS, was a transplant specialist and advocate for women and young people in the field of surgery. A pioneer in kidney transplant surgery, she served as the head of U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s Transplant Task Force and as Chair of The Ohio State University’s department of surgery. She was the first woman to chair an academic surgery department in the U.S.

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ACS/JAHF Geriatrics Fellowship

Application deadline extended

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) are accepting applications for the ACS/JAHF James C. Thompson Geriatrics Surgical Fellowship, a new, fully funded research fellowship. Applications are due September 11. The scholar will research the care and outcomes of elderly patients undergoing surgery and assist the ACS and JAHF in their newly funded initiative to develop a standards and verification program for geriatric surgical care.

  Apply today

ACS Communities

ACS Communities

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