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


Educating and training surgeons was the catalyst for founding the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in 1913 by Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, and today, 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. This page features the major initiatives of the Division of Education, and educational activities of the Trauma Programs and Cancer Programs. Practicing surgeons, surgery residents, and other members of the surgical team will find an array of exciting education resources and opportunities which are driven by the ACS mission: raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for surgical patients. Learn more with ACS, and fuel your passion for lifelong learning.

New EBDS Modules

Evidenced-Based Decisions in Surgery

Five new modules have been released for the ACS Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery (EBDS) Program to help address the need for concise, focused, evidence-based decisions for use in providing best care to surgical patients.

  • Antibiotic prophylaxis for gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Breast cancer during pregnancy
  • Inflammatory breast cancer
  • Non-invasive breast cancer
  • Postoperative delirium in older adults

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CoC Educational Programs

Survey Savvy

The ACS Commission on Cancer is sponsoring two educational programs June 17–19 in Chicago, IL. A half-day workshop will examine the current uses and future updates for the NCDB quality tools, while Survey Savvy will offer an in-depth review of what a cancer committee needs to coordinate a high-quality, patient-centered, multidisciplinary cancer program.


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The 2015 ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course, July 30–August 2, in Chicago, IL is an intensive three-and-a-half-day review course covering essential content areas in general surgery. This course will help to fulfill the requirements for Maintenance of Certification, Part 2, and should be helpful to surgeons preparing for recertification examinations. Self-assessment will be available.

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Find Education & Training Opportunities

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Surgical Excellence

Our ACS Education and Training campaign is being launched this year at Clinical Congress. We know what education means to surgeons and our education and training programs are the cornerstone of excellence; transform possibilities into realities; and instill the joy of lifelong learning.

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