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Realize the Potential of Your Profession and join the more than 5,700 international surgeons in becoming a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Here's What You'll Need to Apply

  • Your current contact information
  • Confirmation that you have completed a minimum of three-years of practice since completion of all formal training. You must have started practicing surgery on or before December 1, 2015.
  • Information about your medical education
  • Documentation of completion of surgical training/residency, and any training beyond residency
  • Details about your medical license
  • Documentation confirming board certification in your country
  • A current appointment on the surgical staff of a hospital
  • The names of three Fellows of the College who can serve as references for you (from anywhere in the world). Use the ACS Find a Surgeon tool for a list of Fellows.
  • 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. (You cannot use the FACS designation in this category.) More details will be sent once you submit your application.
  • The Fellowship application process can take up to one year.
  • You will be required to participate in a local interview with your peers. Learn more about the new International Fellowship interview process.
  • You will be contacted throughout the application process to provide any missing information and update you on your application status.

For more details, review the Fellowship Requirements. Also available in Spanish.

For questions or to request your log in information, contact intlapp@facs.orgor call 1-800-293-9623.

Becoming a Fellow

What international surgeons want to know about ACS Fellowship

ACS Member Services Director Patricia Turner, MD, FACS, talks about the ACS Fellowship application process for surgeons outside of North America.

Value of Membership

With a global network of more than 80,000 members, the ACS has programs and resources for your professional development. Learn more about member-only benefits available to Fellows.

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One Surgeon's Journey

Follow Dr. Alberto R. Ferreres’ journey from International Guest Scholar to Honorary Fellow of the American College of Surgeons as he discusses the benefits for international surgeons of being an FACS.