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.

Register Today

Register today for Clinical Congress 2018, October 21–25, in Boston! Clinical Congress has an exciting lineup of panel sessions and postgraduate courses for today’s practicing surgeon. 

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Med Student Program

Students from all four years of medical school are invited to attend Clinical Congress and to participate in the Medical Student Program designed specifically for those considering a career in surgery. Programming is varied from day to day, and students are welcome to attend all or selected portions of the three-day program. ACS Medical Student Members can register at no cost in advance of the event.

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Teaching through Simulation

Apply for the Introduction to Simulation-Based Teaching Course by September 28. This course will train senior and retired surgeons how to teach medical students, residents, and younger surgeons through the use of simulation. The course will train the trainers through exciting didactic and hands-on sessions. 

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Find Education & Training Opportunities

Select a role or program to find ACS training opportunities:


Resources in Surgical Education

Our most recent RISE article "Implementing Scientific Tools into the Selection Process: It’s About Respecting Our Newest Colleagues" by Aimee K. Gardner, PhD, and Brian J. Dunkin, MD, FACS, addresses how advances in selection science can benefit training programs and applicants.

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