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Information for International Attendees

Activities and Events of Interest

The College’s International Relations Committee offers a full schedule of activities and other items of interest to international attendees. Download the flyer with information about sessions, webcasts, events and more.

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Visa Information

Visa Information

The process of obtaining a visa to attend meetings in the United States takes much longer than in the past.

You are strongly urged to apply for a visa as early as possible, preferably at least 60 days before the start of the meeting. For detailed information regarding obtaining a visa, please visit the Non-Immigrant Visa section of the U.S. Embassy website for your country.

Welcome Letter

You may obtain an automatically generated letter from the College welcoming you to the meeting when you register online.

If you have already registered and did not request your letter, you may do so by accessing your personal registration dashboard. The direct link to your dashboard is located in your registration confirmation. Need help accessing? Please contact us at

If you have not yet registered for the meeting and require a letter prior to doing so, please contact Kate Early, International Liaison, at


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Tourism in San Diego

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ACS International Group Housing

The College offers ACS International Group Housing services for international groups attending Clinical Congress 2017. In addition to international group housing, which includes hotel room and taxes at hotels within the official ACS room block, opportunities to add breakfast, porterage, gratuities, shuttle service (per the official convention schedule), and group help desk are also available.

For more information or to book International Group Housing, please visit ACS International Group Housing or e-mail

Become a Member at Clinical Congress

If you are not already a member of ACS, or know an interested nonmember colleague attending the Clinical Congress, visit the Become a Member booth located in the convention center to apply for ACS membership. The membership application fee will be waived for individuals applying at the meeting.

Please bring these documents with you on a flash drive to support and speed up your application.

  • Fellows: Certification certificate, proof of completion of surgical training, and current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Associate Fellows: Residency completion document or an official board/country certification document
  • Residents: Letter verifying training status
  • Medical Students: Letter verifying educational status

Please familiarize yourself with the ACS Member Benefits and make time to apply for membership while at the meeting. We look forward to greeting you there. For additional information, please contact Member Services at or 800-621-4111.