The following "Statement on Diversity" was developed by the Board of Governors Committee on Chapter Activities and approved by the Board of Governors at its meeting on October 22, 2000. It was approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting on June 8-10, 2001.
The American College of Surgeons wishes to promote full participation in College activities by all surgeons; young surgeons, women surgeons, surgeons from minority groups, and surgeons from all practice venues. The College strongly supports and is committed to ensuring pluralism and equal opportunity which recognizes and respects the diversity of its members in order to maintain the highest standards of leadership in the profession. Specific recruitment of Fellows from under-represented groups within the American College of Surgeons, including women, minorities, young surgeons, and private practitioners, is essential to maintain the strength of the College.
Furthermore, the American College of Surgeons will underscore this commitment to diversity by ensuring that meaningful positions of leadership within the College are held by Fellows derived from all groups of members, including young surgeons, women surgeons, surgeons of minority origin, and surgeons from all types of surgical practices. Nominations for leadership positions should be based on individual qualifications, willingness and ability to participate in and attend meetings, and expertise.
Reprinted from Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons
Vol.86, No. 8, August 2001