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

Information about Waivers for ACS Fellowship

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

Scenario 1: You are working in the U.S. or Canada but were internationally trained and do not have U.S. board certification.

  • A letter requesting the petition for waiver explaining your circumstances and why you warrant it
  • Three letters of recommendation from Fellows of the College that address the quality of your training and practice
  • Documentation of completion of residency training and any fellowships
  • Documentation of international board certification or equivalent
  • A copy of your current CV

All documents should be submitted to facsapplications@facs.org.

Scenario 2: You are a dual-degree oral and maxillofacial surgeon without ABMS board certification.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons who do not meet the board certification requirement can petition for waiver by submitting the following documents to facsapplications@facs.org.

  • A letter requesting the petition for waiver
  • A copy of your DDS or DMD degree
  • Documentation of your MD degree from a medical school
  • Documentation of your diplomat status with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Documentation confirming that you have completed one year in an ACGME accredited general surgery program
  • A copy of your medical license
  • Three letters of recommendation from Fellows of the College that address the quality of your training and practice as a surgeon
  • A copy of your current CV

All documents should be submitted to facsapplications@facs.org.

Scenario 3: You are a single degree (DDS/DMD) oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the ACS have worked together to establish a pathway that allows eligible, single-degreed oral and maxillofacial surgeons to apply for ACS Fellowship.

Interested AAOMS Fellows will be required to begin this process through the AAOMS and should visit the AAOMS website for more information. AAOMS Fellows will be required to use their ID number to login.

Petitions for waivers are reviewed by the Director of the Division of Member Services. If your petition is granted, you will be contacted via email and allowed to formally apply for Fellowship. Approval of the petition for waiver does not guarantee that you will be approved for Fellowship. Once an application is submitted it will be reviewed under the normal procedures for evaluating applicants for Fellowship.

Questions?

Contact facsapplications@facs.org or call 1-800-293-9623.