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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Become a Member
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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The Guide for Residents

Insight for Residents Pursuing Careers in Surgery

The ACS has developed a tool for medical students choosing a surgical residency. FAQs, resources, and suggested readings can be found in this guide.

Pre-Residency, Post-Residency, and Everything in Between

From choosing a residency to post-residency fellowships, the ACS is here for you to help you know what to do—and when. We have the resources and programs you need to do your residency with confidence, and excellence.

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Suggested Reading for Medical Students and Residents

So You Want to Be a Surgeon... a Medical Student's Guide to Surgery Residencies. This popular guide to general surgery residency programs and the residency application process is an essential reference for both faculty advisors and medical students seeking postgraduate training in surgery.

The Pocket Mentor is a manual for surgical interns and residents published by the Association of Women Surgeons.

Surgical Career Lifestyle Issues helps prepare prospective surgeons for the unique challenges faced by those in the profession.

We have numerous websites and links of interest for prospective surgical residents.

Websites for Prospective Surgical Residents

View useful websites and links of interest.

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Suggested Readings

View a collection of online readings that serve as an essential reference for faculty advisors and medical students.

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Surgical Interest Group

Nearly half of all U.S. medical schools have a surgery interest group (SIG). These groups are for all levels of medical students, and can expose early medical students to surgeons, something that doesn't happen otherwise in many schools.