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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.

Membership Benefits
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Quality Programs

Strong for Surgery

Every year, 15 million Americans have some kind of surgery. If you are going to have surgery, it is important to learn about the potential risks you might face, and what you can do to prepare so that you have the best possible results. You have an important role in your recovery.

Strong for Surgery

How Can I Be Strong for Surgery?

Strong for Surgery is a program that works with surgeons and hospitals to provide tools like checklists that surgeons can use to assess your risks in four target areas: nutrition, blood sugar control, smoking cessation, and medications. You can lower your risk by being better prepared for your operation.

Strong for Surgery has developed tools and resources for patients facing surgery that are available here on the website. We suggest that you use them when you talk with your doctor. Bring copies of the checklists along to your visit and ask your doctor if any of these things would be helpful for you.

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