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What is the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™?

In October 2014, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education presented to the Board of Regents a proposal to establish an ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. The Regents approved the proposal unanimously. The aim of the new ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators is to recognize and assemble a cadre of Master Surgeon Educators of national and international renown who will work closely with the ACS Division of Education to advance the science and practice of avant-garde surgical education and training.

The goals of the Academy include defining megatrends in surgical education and training; steering advances in the field; fostering innovation and collaboration; supporting faculty development and recognition; and underscoring the critical importance of surgical education and training in the changing milieu of health care. Academy members are selected through a rigorous peer-review process and induction into the Academy will be a very high honor. Members of the Academy will be expected to engage actively in activities to address the aforementioned goals. Academy membership will be open to Master Surgeon Educators from across the surgical specialties.

Why is the Academy needed?

Currently, there is no national educational academy that reaches across the House of Surgery, and the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators will fill a much-needed gap in innovative surgical education. The Academy will play a pivotal role in providing recognition to master surgeon educators and advancing the science and implementation of surgical education. The Academy is a unique program of the ACS and induction into the Academy demonstrates the highest achievements in the domain of surgical education, as evaluated by stringent peer review. In addition, the work of the Academy will significantly advance surgical education through innovation, mentorship, scholarship, and educational programs.

Who are the members of the Steering Committee?

The ACS Steering Committee for the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators is co-chaired by L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), and Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FASCME. Other members are Sir Murray Brennan, MD, FACS; Haile Debas, MD, FACS; David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS; L. Scott Levin MD, FACS; Leigh Neumayer, MD, FACS; and Carlos Pellegrini, MD, FACS.

Who are the members of the Academy

Review the complete list of Academy Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members.

What are the activities of the Academy?

Specific activities would include:

  • Serving as an action group to define future trends in surgical education
  • Designing innovative educational programs
  • Implementing a national mentorship program
  • Contributing to a new publication, Proceedings of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators
  • Collaborating with other thought leaders to advance surgical education
  • Promoting surgical education as a prestigious career path
  • Defining and disseminating surgical educational standards and best practices
How do I know if I am qualified?

There are three categories of membership (for details related to criteria, use the links below):

When can I apply?

The application period is closed. Please email Susan Newman at acsacademy@facs.org, or call 312-202-5771, to receive notification for the beginning of the next application cycle, which will be February 2020.

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

Activity

Deadline

Submission of applications Beginning February 3, 2020. Must be submitted online to the American College of Surgeons by 11:59 pm (Central) on April 3, 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 March 20, 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 April 17, 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.
How do I apply?

You could be considered for membership in the Academy through two avenues:

  • You may apply directly.
  • You may be nominated by a colleague and then complete the application.

To complete an application:

  1. Click on Apply for Membership and log in using your ACS Member ID credentials. (A special note to Non-ACS Members who apply to the Affiliate Category: you will need to create an account, which will only take a few minutes.)
  2. Please note that once you begin an application in any category, you will not be able to change categories on your own. If you decide to change categories, you will need to contact the Academy at acsacademy@facs.org, or call 312-202-5771, to make this change. Academy staff will be glad to assist you with this.
  3. Select the category of membership to which you will be applying: Member, Associate Member or Affiliate Member. For information on the criteria for each category, see Membership Requirements.  
  4. Fellows of the American College of Surgeons may apply for either the Member or Associate Member categories. The Affiliate Category is NOT intended for ACS Fellows. The Affiliate Category is intended for non-surgeons who are experts in various disciplines that would positively impact surgical education. (A special note to Non-FACS surgeons: We hope you will consider applying for Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons, as a precursor to applying to the Academy. Learn more about becoming a Fellow.)
  5. If you previously applied to the Academy, you will have access to your previous application. You can download your previous application in order to copy and paste any of your responses. You will also be able to download your previously submitted Curriculum Vitae (CV) and biosketch and make any edits that you deem appropriate.
  6. Complete the online application. The following information is required: a personal statement, three professional references, CV, and one-page biosketch. You are encouraged to respond to each criterion relevant to your contributions to the field of surgical education. Please be sure that, if you leave any criteria question blank, this is your intention.  
  7. Upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Biosketch – in .pdf format
    • You may upload your entire CV.
    • For the biosketch, please upload a summary no longer than one page. The summary may include highlights of your accomplishments to the field of surgical education, your positions, honors, and seminal contributions to the field.
  8. Provide the name, title, institution, and contact information of three professional references. These individuals will be contacted by the ACS Division of Education and asked to provide a letter of reference.  They will be provided with a copy of your completed application, CV and biosketch. The letters will be held in the strictest confidence, only to be shared with the Academy Steering Committee. The ACS Division of Education will not provide any information about the content of the letters to the applicant.
    • Please note that the policy of the Academy Steering Committee states that Committee Members may NOT serve as either a nominator or a reference for an individual applying for membership in the Academy. Here is a listing of the Academy Steering Committee Members.
    • If you previously applied to the Academy, you may use the same references; however, your references will be contacted again by the ACS Division of Education and asked to provide an updated letter.
    • If you were nominated by an individual to be in the Academy, you may list the nominator as one of your three references. While serving as both a nominator and reference is permissible, it does require a separate letter of reference, apart from the nominating statement.
    • While ACS Division of Education staff will request the letter of references, please note it is your responsibility to make sure that all letters are submitted by the deadline. An application is considered INCOMPLETE without the submission of the three letters of reference and will not be reviewed by the Academy Selection Committee. 

Please note: Your application WILL autosave. However, it is recommended that you "save" your work after each section, either in the navigation box to the left or at the bottom of the application. Consider creating your responses to the application questions in a Word document and then copying and pasting them into the appropriate box.

Selected 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. Selected Members, Associate Members and Affiliate Members must be inducted within three years of their selection date or, if not, they will need to re-apply to the Academy during the annual application cycle.

What if I am selected but unable to attend the Induction Ceremony?

Selected Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members must be present at the Induction Ceremony—held annually in Chicago—in order to be in the Academy. If there is a scheduling conflict, induction would be delayed until the following year. Selected Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members must be inducted within three years of their selection date or they will need to re-apply to the Academy during the annual application cycle.

How can I nominate someone?

You will be asked to do the following:

  • Complete the nomination form providing information on the nominee and your own information.
  • Special note for Non-ACS Members. If you are nominating an individual and you are not a member of the College, you will need to create an account. Creating an ACS account only take a few minutes.
What do I do if I am nominated?

If you are nominated, you will receive an e-mail that you have been nominated for membership in the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. The nominator’s name will be provided. You will be invited to complete the application for membership and will be provided with a link to the application and information about the Academy.

What is the membership fee?

There is no cost to apply for membership in the Academy. If you are selected for membership in the Academy, the annual dues for Members will be $475. The annual dues for Associate Members will be $195. The annual dues for Affiliate Members will be $275.

How will the membership dues be used?

Membership dues will help to support programs and activities of the Academy, including an annual symposium, innovative programs and projects, a peer reviewed publication, and other communications.

Can I preview the application form?

To see a copy of the application, you may download the Member, Associate Member, and Affiliate Member applications. These are .pdf versions of the application. Please note that you must apply to the Academy via the online application process.

For further information, who can I talk to?

All of the Steering Committee members listed above are available for more detailed discussions on topics related to the Academy. At the ACS, please contact:

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, asachdeva@facs.org.
Alisa Nagler, JD, MA, EdD, anagler@facs.org.
Susan Newman, MPH, Academy Administrator, snewman@facs.org or 312-202-5771