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

ACS Member Engagement Opportunities

The College’s top priority is providing value for its members. This includes identifying opportunities for you to become actively involved in College programs and initiatives of interest and importance to you. Whether you chose to join an ACS committee, contribute to an article, lend your experience as a mentor, or use your voice as an advocate, the College is your home to network with colleagues, build your career, and contribute to the ACS and the surgical community.

2018 Committee Opportunities

The College depends on volunteers from its diverse membership to drive the mission and initiatives of the organization in support of the surgical profession.  Serving on an ACS Committee is a great opportunity for surgeons to network with colleagues, progress to leadership positions, expand their professional sphere, and contribute to patient care.

The majority of ACS Committee membership terms begin in October following the annual Clinical Congress and extend for three years. Committee openings are announced in late spring, and membership applications are accepted through early summer.

The following ACS Committees are currently accepting applications. Contact the Committee Staff Liaison listed by May 31 for application information (unless noted otherwise within the committee listing).

ACS/Alliance Clinical Research Program Cancer Care Delivery Research Committee

The mission of this committee is to improve cancer care outcomes through high-quality health services research that leverages the collaboration and infrastructure of the Alliance, NCORP, and other partners.

Committee vacancies:  3
Annual in-person meetings:  2
Annual phone/web meetings:  4
Requirements:  Fellows of the ACS with health services research experience.
Committee Staff Liaison: Amanda Francescatti, afrancescatti@facs.org

ACS/Alliance Clinical Research Program Cancer Care Standards Development Committee

The mission of this committee is to develop standards for oncologic surgery and incorporate standards into measures for use by the Commission on Cancer.

Committee vacancies:  3
Annual in-person meetings:  2
Annual phone/web meetings:  2
Requirements:  Fellows of the American College of Surgeons with experience in clinical research.
Committee Staff Liaison: Amanda Francescatti, afrancescatti@facs.org

ACS/Alliance Clinical Research Program Dissemination & Implementation Committee

The purpose of this committee is to disseminate information on clinical trial findings in a timely fashion and facilitate implementation of cancer care best practices in the surgical oncology community.

Committee vacancies:  3
Annual in-person meetings:  2
Annual phone/web meetings:  2
Requirements:  Fellows of the ACS with clinical research experience.
Committee Staff Liaison: Amanda Francescatti, afrancescatti@facs.org

ACS/Alliance Clinical Research Program Education Committee

The purpose of this committee is to increase knowledge and awareness of new oncologic surgical evidence and practice standards and reduce the time from trials reporting to practice implementation.

Committee vacancies:  3
Annual in-person meetings:  2
Annual phone/web meetings:  2
Requirements:  Fellows of the ACS with clinical research experience.
Committee Staff Liaison: Amanda Francescatti, afrancescatti@facs.org

Commission on Cancer

The CoC recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient centered care. The CoC is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

Committee vacancies: 5
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 3
Requirements:  The CoC Nominating Committee utilizes the following criteria when selecting members and seeks individuals who:

  • Have never served on the CoC representing the American College of Surgeons Fellowship
  • Have full American College of Surgeons Fellowship status
  • Have staff appointments at a CoC-accredited cancer program and participate in cancer program activities
  • Represent a surgical specialty, geographic area, or diverse group not currently represented by the CoC membership.
  • Have interest in contributing to and enhancing CoC programs by serving as a member of at least one CoC subcommittee
  • Are willing and able to work with the various electronic venues (i.e., SharePoint, etc.).
  • Can attend and participate in at least two in-person meetings annually.
  • Can attend and participate in approximately three web conference calls annually

For additional information, please view the 2018 CoC Call For Nominations

Please send each nominee's full name and email address to cocapplication@facs.org  no later than April 20.

International Relations Committee

The International Relations Committee’s vision is to be the gateway to international activity and outreach for the College. This is accomplished by developing relationships and partnerships between the ACS, international surgeons, and international surgical and other health care organizations to address issues of surgical practice, education, research, advocacy, and leadership with the aim of achieving and safeguarding appropriately high standards of clinical care, access, safety, professionalism and quality improvement for surgery worldwide.

Committee vacancies:  3
Annual in-person meetings:  1
Annual phone/web meetings:  4-6
Requirements:  Fellows of the ACS to include those from academic practice settings, women surgeons, surgeons from Asia, and those who are mid-career.
Committee Staff Liaison: Kate Early, kearly@facs.org  

Committee on Interprofessional Education and Practice

Comprehensively address the educational needs of allied health professionals as members of surgical teams; educate surgeons regarding the role of allied health professionals; support and assist allied health professionals involved in the surgical care; participate in defining duties of allied health professionals; and assist with the process of accreditation of their respective educational programs.

Committee vacancies:  1
Annual in-person meetings:  1
Annual phone/web meetings: 3
Requirements:  Fellows or Associates Fellows of the ACS willing to serve as a liaison to an interprofessional accreditation body; will require 3-4 days’ worth of site visits over the course of a year.
Committee Staff Liaison: Katie McKenzie, kmckenzie@facs.org

Committee on Medical Student Education

This committee aims to comprehensively address the educational needs in surgery for medical students during all four years of medical school.

Committee vacancies:  1
Annual in-person meetings:  1
Annual phone/web meetings:  12+
Requirements:  Fellows or Associate Fellows of the ACS. The committee seeks to have a diverse mix of specialties, institution types, and regions represented.  Applicants must be willing to attend the three-day Medical Student Program at Clinical Congress.
Committee Staff Liaison: Katrina McKenzie, kmckenzie@facs.org

Committee on Resident Education

The mission of this committee is to address issues of resident education in surgery, including the educational environment, characteristics of the resident population, graduate surgical education curricular issues and competency, and faculty development as educators.

Committee vacancies:  1
Annual in-person meetings:  2
Annual phone/web meetings:  As needed. Individual projects may necessitate series of workgroup conference calls.
Requirements:  Fellows of the ACS from a variety of surgical specialties with experience in resident education.
Committee Staff Liaison: Steffanye Hawbaker Mack, shawbaker@facs.org

Scholarships Committee

The Scholarships Committee promotes and administers the ACS research scholarships, fellowships, and awards.

Committee vacancies:  3-4
Annual in-person meetings:  1
Annual phone/web meetings:  1-2
Requirements:  Fellows of the ACS to include those from academic practice settings with basic science and health services research expertise. Past awardees of College scholarships are encouraged to apply.
Committee Staff Liaison:
Kate Early, kearly@facs.org 

Committee on Video-Based Education

To develop across the surgical specialties multimedia video-based education in order to educate surgeons and members of surgical teams to improve the care of the surgical patient, safeguard the standards of care in an optimal practice environment, as well as educate the public regarding past, present, and future surgical topics.

Committee vacancies:  4
Annual in-person meetings:  1
Annual phone/web meetings:  0
Requirements:  Fellows of the ACS with a demonstrated interest in video-based education representing the following specialties: cardiac and thoracic, colon and rectal, obstetrics and gynecology, and vascular.
Committee Staff Liaison:
Britnee Sanders, britnee.sanders@facs.org

Women in Surgery Committee

The mission of the Women in Surgery Committee is to enable women surgeons of all ages, specialties, and practice types to develop their individual potential as professionals; promote an environment that fosters inclusion, respect, and success; develop, encourage, and advance women surgeons as leaders; and provide a forum and networking opportunities to enhance women’s surgical career satisfaction.

Surgeons interested in advancing the role of women in the ACS and encouraging and mentoring women in surgery should apply. Nominations are open to both men and women, and the committee encourages representation by individuals of diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

Committee vacancies:  5
Annual in-person meetings:  2
Annual phone/web meetings:  2
Requirements:  Fellows of the ACS representing one of the following specialties: thoracic/cardiac, ENT, neurosurgery, urology, plastics, or general surgery. Looking for Fellows from community practices as well as those that reside in the west and northwest.
Committee Staff Liaison: Connie Bura, cbura@facs.org 

Submit your application by May 31WiSC Application

2018 ACS Volunteer Opportunities

The Committee on Medical Student Education is seeking Fellows, Associate Fellows, and Resident Members of the College to volunteer in various capacities to support the three-day Medical Student Program at Clinical Congress in October.

Contact: Katrina McKenzie, kmckenzie@facs.org