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

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Realize the Potential of Your Profession and join the more than 58,000 surgeons in becoming a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Please note: If you are an internationally trained surgeon practicing in the United States or Canada or an oral maxillofacial surgeon, you must request a waiver BEFORE you apply. Read additional information about Waivers for ACS Fellowship.

Here's What You'll Need to Apply

  • Your current contact information
  • Confirmation that you have completed a minimum of one-year of practice since completion of all formal training
  • Information about your medical education, residency, and any surgical training beyond residency
  • Details about your medical license
  • Certification by an American Surgical Specialty Board which is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or an American Osteopathic Surgical Specialty Board, or an appropriate specialty certification by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
  • A current appointment on the surgical staff of a hospital
  • The names of five Fellows of the College who can serve as references for you (two from your specialty and three from your geographic area)
  • A current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

2018 Applications are now closed.

Apply now to become a Fellow in 2019—Application deadline is December 1, 2018

If you are an existing ACS member or created a log in from a prior purchase, use your log in to access the application. Otherwise you will need to create a log in.

Once You Apply

  • You'll become an Associate Fellow member of the College while your application is being processed. More details will be sent once you submit your application.
  • The Fellowship application process can take up to one year.
  • You will be contacted throughout the application process to:
    • Provide any missing information and update you on your application status
    • Provide a 12-month list of your surgical cases
    • Participate in an interview with a College committee in your local area

For more details, review the Fellowship Requirements.

For questions or to request your log in information, contact or call 1-800-293-9623

International surgeons, please visit the International Fellows page to apply.


Information about Waivers for ACS Fellowship

Waivers must be received by November 1 of the given year.

Waivers are required if:

  • You are working in the U.S. or Canada but were internationally trained or do not have U.S. board certification.
  • You are a dual degree oral and maxillofacial surgeon without ABMS board certification.
  • You are a single-degree (DDS/DMD) oral and maxillofacial surgeon.