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Advisory Council for Rural Surgery

Established in 2012, the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery consists of representatives from the Board of Governors, the Advisory Council for General Surgery’s Committee on Rural Surgery, Regents, and Members-at-Large. The Advisory Council for Rural Surgery is a committee of the Board of Regents.

The mission of the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery is to identify, investigate, and rectify the challenges of rural surgical practice. Development of broad based training rural residency tracks as well as support for rural surgeons including recruitment, retention, mentoring, and post-residency education are inherent in its endeavor to assure quality surgical care for rural patients.

All efforts of the Council reflect the American College of Surgeons' (ACS) commitment to assure quality surgical care for potentially 60 million rural patients.

The Advisory Council for Rural Surgery is interested in hearing your concerns and suggestions. You may forward your comments to the Council's staff liaison at

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The Calling of Rural Surgery

The Calling of Rural Surgery focuses on the need and reward to be found in the field by rural surgeons. The goal of the documentary is not just to recruit surgeons to practice in the rural and underserved areas in the U.S., but to return the due respect to those surgeons answering this call. Produced by Meredith Corrado of Mexico, MO, the video features several ACS Fellows, members of the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery, past ACS Governors, and a past ACS Vice-President.

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Value of ACS Membership

The College's top priority is providing value for its members. Members can take advantage of opportunities and resources available for specialty surgeons. FACS indicates a commitment to quality and is well recognized by referring surgeons.

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Join the Community

The ACS Rural Surgery Community allows you to connect, engage, and share information with your fellow members. You can share best practices, ask advice, and share your experiences. Check out the latest discussions in your community!


Associate to Fellow

Transition your Membership to Fellowship

Associate Fellows, have you thought about becoming FACS when you are eligible? Do you wonder what this step might entail, how long it will take, and what it might mean for your career? Listen as Erin Garvey, MD, FACS, talks about making the transition.

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