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

Medical Students

The Division of Education provides high-quality educational programs and products for medical students.

Surgical Education and Training

Core Surgical Knowledge

Clinical Congress

  • Medical Student Program at Clinical Congress
    • Maximizing each year in medical school to prepare for a surgery residency
    • Mastering the residency application process
    • Interviewing for success
    • Choosing a specialty and practice options

Residency and Specialty Resources

Medical 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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Skills Curriculum

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) have partnered to develop the ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-based Surgical Skills Curriculum. Its 25 modules teach clinical skills ranging from taking a history and physical and signing out a patient to inserting a central venous line with ultrasound guidance. The topics are aligned based on the year during which they are most commonly taught. This resource is free to medical students.

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Core Curriculum

The ACS/ASE Medical Student Core Curriculum's first several modules are now available. Its content addresses the competency-based surgical cognitive skills needed by all medical students prior to graduation. The curriculum is accessible online and designed for use by medical students, medical school faculty, and clinical faculty.

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Member Benefits

As a Medical Student member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), you will receive access to a wide variety of benefits to enhance your professional experience. Click here for some highlights of what ACS membership has to offer you.

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Educational Modules

We have educational modules developed by and for medical students on a variety of topics relevant to surgery.

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