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Transition to Practice Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on the ACS Transition to Practice (TTP) in General Surgery has developed a program for young surgeons who are leaving residency and entering into the practice of general surgery. The program is intended to help fill perceived gaps in training today.

The ACS TTP Program will help with the transition to independent practice in general surgery. Program participants will:

  • Obtain enhanced autonomous experience in broad-based general surgery
  • Increase competence and confidence in clinical matters
  • Gain exposure to aspects of practice management
  • Experience mentoring with notable practicing surgeons
  • Participate in experiential learning tailored to individual needs

Learn More

  • In the April 2014 issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, provides an update on the progress made in the TTP Program.
  • Read this article on the TTP Program and its future direction by TTP Steering Committee Chair J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, in the September 2013 issue of the Bulletin.
  • An excellent overview of the ACS TTP Program is detailed in an article by Dr. Hoyt in the February 2013 issue of the Bulletin.


Transition to Practice Panel Session Audio Webcast Available

The audio webcast of the Transition to Practice Panel Session (PS122) that took place at Clinical Congress 2014, is now available.  The Steering Committee Members describe the program and TTP Program Participants discuss their experiences in the program during its first year.  Hear the perspective of the program directly from one of the first TTP Associates, Benjamin E. Kellogg, MD.

Make this insightful session part of your Webcast Package!

Applications Being Accepted for 2015–2016 Academic Year

Residents interested in applying for the Transition to Practice Program in General Surgery for the 2015–2016 Academic year are encouraged to review the program profiles below and submit their CV to with a list of institutions to which they are interested in applying.

Institutions interested in establishing a new TTP site can also contact for more information.

Contact Us

To learn more about this new program or to request an application, contact the College at 312-202-5491 or e-mail