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Application Cycle and Deadlines

The 2020 Application Cycle

Deadlines Extended

As the focus during the COVID-19 outbreak must be on the health and safety of our patients and communities, we have assessed other activities and want to provide guidance. In view of this, the ACS Division of Education is extending the deadlines for nominations and application submissions to the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™. Nominations of a colleague may be submitted until April 10. Applications to the Academy may be submitted until April 24.

Online applications for the Member, Associate Member, and Affiliate Member categories are now being accepted. The submission period opened February 3, 2020. 

Applicants for the Member and Associate Members categories must be Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). For information on becoming a Fellow, please visit our Become a Member section or contact ACS Member Services at 312-202-5000.

The Affiliate category is intended for non-surgeons who are experts in various disciplines that would positively impact surgical education.



Submission of applications

Beginning February 3, 2020. Must be submitted online to the American College of Surgeons by 11:59 pm (Central) on April 24, 2020.

Nominations of a colleague

Beginning February 3, 2020. Must be submitted online to the American College of Surgeons by 11:59 pm (Central) on April 10, 2020

Submission of letters of reference

(While ACS Division of Education staff will request letters of reference, it is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that all letters are submitted by the deadline.)

Beginning February 3, 2020. Final deadline for online submission of reference letters is May 8, 2020.

Notification to applicants

Applicants will be notified in July 2020.

Induction Ceremony and Symposium of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, in Chicago

(Selected Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members must be present at the Induction Ceremony in order to be in the Academy. If there is a scheduling conflict, induction would be delayed until the following year. Those selected must be inducted within three years of their selection date or, if not, they will need to apply to the Academy during the annual application cycle.)


The Academy Induction Ceremony is scheduled for the evening of September 25, 2020. 

The annual Academy Symposium is scheduled for the morning/early afternoon of September 25, 2020.