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

Pillars and Workgroups

The Board of Governors is structured under five Pillars and 13 workgroups.

Advocacy and Health Policy Pillar

The Advocacy and Health Policy Pillar works closely with the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy located in the Washington DC Office to identify and prioritize issues and concerns related to advocacy and the political process as they affect surgeons. 

Grassroots Advocacy Engagement Workgroup

To enhance bidirectional communication between the American College of Surgeons leadership and fellows regarding important legislative and regulatory issues affecting surgical patients, surgeons and their practices, and society.

Health Policy and Advocacy Workgroup

To identify public policy issues and concerns affecting surgeons and our patients and identify those on which the College should focus its attention and resources. In addition the workgroup develops action plans to address issues, expand and monitor mechanisms by which the College makes surgeons, patients and the public aware of our health policies and agendas, and develops and maintains mechanisms by which legislative and regulatory issues can be addressed in a timely and effective manner.

Communication Pillar

The Communication Pillar focuses on increasing the communication between Governors and their chapters and specialty societies through presentations, reports, summaries, Bulletin articles, newsletters and an annual survey.

Newsletter Workgroup

To support communication between the Fellows and the Governors, whether specialty society or chapter, and from the Governors to the Regents of the College, as well as formulate consistent communication efforts targeting the Fellows and other surgeons and the public, policymakers and the media where appropriate. This workgroup also published the quarterly The Cutting Edge: News and Notes from the Board of Governors.

Survey Workgroup

To support the communication of important matters to the Chair of the Board of Governors and other College leaders through the completion of an annual survey by the Board of Governors, and to review the annual survey tool, assess the content and scope of questions, propose appropriate and timely changes, and analyze the results. 

Education Pillar

The Education Pillar works closely with the ACS Division of Education to recommend enhancements to current ACS education offerings and suggests potential new products, which improve the quality of care for patients. This Pillar also looks at ongoing quality education and professional development of surgeons in training.

Continuing Education Workgroup

To identify professional development needs of surgeons in practice, identify opportunities for tracking and for individual Fellows to facilitate lifelong learning, making the process more efficient.

Patient Education Workgroup

To identify areas of need and advocate for the education of surgical patients to improve quality of care. Works closely with the ACS Patient Education Committee.

Surgical Training Workgroup

To identify areas of need and advocate for the ongoing quality education, professional development, and just-in-time products for medical students, surgeons in training and practicing surgeons.

Member Services Pillar

The Member Services Pillar works with staff in the ACS Division of Member Services to advocate, provide resources and help strengthen chapters. Members of this Pillar review and recommend the recipients of the Surgical Humanitarian & Volunteers awards each year.

Chapter Activities Domestic Workgroup

To serve as an advocate for College Chapters within the United States and Canada. The workgroup will assist Chapters in implementing and promoting College programs in an effort to carry out the College mission at the loco-regional level.

Chapter Activities International Workgroup

To serve as an advocate for all of the College's International Chapters, and monitor and report on the International Chapters' activities, resources, and issues.

Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup

The ACS Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards recognize and celebrate ACS Fellows and members whose altruism, vision, leadership and dedication provide models to emulate and whose contributions have made a lasting difference. The responsibility of this workgroup is to review applications and the process for the ACS Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards and propose the final award winners.

Quality, Research, and Optimal Patient Care Pillar

The Quality Pillar works closely with the ACS Division of Quality, Research and Optimal Patient Care to create and update ACS best practices guidelines, focus on the physical and mental health of surgeons and to develop programs and resources for the surgical workforce in hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers.

Best Practices Workgroup

Create and disseminate guidelines developed from well-accepted, peer-reviewed best practices on topics relevant to the surgical community and the patients we serve.

Physician Competency and Health Workgroup

The workgroup is responsible for maintenance of the physical and mental wellness in the Fellows as well as addressing issues related to surgical competency, emphasizing credentialing, and practice within expected community standards.

Surgical Care Delivery Workgroup

To provide the American College of Surgeons with information regarding the important issues that affect the delivery of surgical care in hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers, and to develop and support programs that will improve the care of surgical patients.

Fiscal Affairs Committee

To review the dues structure of the College and recommend approval of any changes, understand and monitor the College's financial matters in order to ensure the overall financial integrity of the College; and serve as a liaison body to communicate concerns or questions regarding College programs, dues structure, allocation of resources, and other financial matters from the Board of Governors to the Board of Regents.