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. 

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Our biennial Health Services Research Methods Course, December 6–8, offers didactic lectures and skills-based labs tailored to individual interests as well as one-on-one consultations with leading experts focused on their specific research questions. 

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Claim Your Credits

Claim Clinical Congress 2018 Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Self-Assessment (SA) Credits. The deadline to claim CME Credit and earn SA Credit for the ACS Clinical Congress 2018 is December 1, 2018. View the Clinical Congress program.

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Prepare for the Future

Through thoughtful gift planning, ACS Foundation donors can choose a method of giving that protects their family’s needs and offers greater tax savings. 

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Distinguished Service Award

Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, a thoracic surgeon from New York City, received the 2018 ACS Distinguished Service Award (DSA) last night during the Convocation ceremony that preceded the opening of Clinical Congress 2018 The DSA is the highest honor bestowed by the ACS.

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Volunteer & Humanitarian Awards

Five surgeons received the 2018 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Awards and Surgical Volunteerism Awards in recognition of their selfless efforts as volunteer surgeons who provide care to medically underserved patients.

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Surgeon Scientist Series

Elizabeth Mittendorf, MD, PhD, FACS, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, discusses her opportunity to follow through on a breast cancer clinical trial, why she enjoys the variety of being a surgeon-scientist, and what she believes are important qualities in a mentor.

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ACS Communities

ACS Communities

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