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

2021 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. Follow application instructions or contact the Committee Staff Liaison listed by May 31 for application information.

Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations 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: 8
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 2
Types of members needed: Fellow, Associate Fellow
Practice type: All

The multidisciplinary Commission on Cancer (CoC) is seeking applications for early career Fellows interested in advancing the priorities of the CoC to improve the quality of cancer care delivery across the U.S. We encourage applications from women, minorities, those of diverse backgrounds and specialties, and those from rural and community settings to contribute to our work. There are eight (8) vacancies we are seeking to fill beginning in October.

The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Membership on the CoC requires a commitment to:

  • Serve on, attend, and contribute to the work of one of five working committees that meeting quarterly.
  • Attend two in-person meetings that take place in the spring and the fall (once travel is possible again). Travel is supported by the CoC.

Members are appointed to a three-year term and are eligible for re-appointment to a second three-year term based on performance, which includes an assessment of meeting attendance and engagement.

Committee staff liaison: Julia Francescatti

How to apply: Interested applicants are encouraged to review the CoC website and CoC Membership Fact Sheet to become familiar with the mission, history, membership, committees, structure, and activities of the CoC and apply for membership by May 31. Please submit the following items to Julia Francescatti:

  • A letter of self-nomination that addresses what expertise and diversity you would bring to the CoC considering its mission of accreditation and quality and why you are interested in serving on the CoC
  • A current CV or biographical sketch

The CoC's Nominating Committee reviews all applications and contacts those confirmed by the CoC Executive Committee in the fall. Initial terms are for three years begin in October. For questions, please contact Julia Francescatti

Committee on Diversity Issues

The mission of the Committee on Diversity Issues is to study the educational and professional needs of underrepresented surgeons and surgical trainees and the impact that its work may have on the elimination of health disparities among diverse population groups. To this end, the Committee seeks recognition and support from the ACS through the College's mission policies and programs.

Committee vacancies: 2
Annual in-person meetings: 1
Annual phone/web meetings: 8 (includes subcommittee meetings)
Types of members needed: Fellow, International Fellow
Areas of expertise: Surgeons interested in developing initiatives to expand diversity within the ACS membership and leadership, and to developing resources and programming for surgeons related to diversity and cultural competency should apply. Nominations are open to both men and women, and the committee encourages representation by individuals of diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
Practice type: All
Committee liaison: Jennifer Mohan

How to apply: Apply online

International Relations Committee

The International Relations Committee aims to spread the College's mission globally and guide its international engagement.

Committee vacancies: 5
Annual in-person meetings: 1
Annual phone/web meetings: 4–6
Types of members needed: Fellow, International Fellow
Practice type: All 
Additional requirements: The committee is interested in colleagues who are international medical graduates and physicians.
Committee staff liaison: Tony Ortiz

How to apply: Please contact Tony Ortiz for more information on how to apply.

Scholarships Committee

The Scholarships Committee promotes and administers the American College of Surgeons' (ACS) research scholarships, fellowships, and awards.

Committee vacancies: 6
Annual in-person meetings: 1
Annual phone/web meetings: 4–6
Types of members needed: Fellow
Practice type: Academic
Areas of expertise: Grant funding
Additional requirements: The committee is interested in colleagues who have NIH grant funding experience as a recipient and as a reviewer. These positions will review and complete scholarships and fellowships in research and evaluate them.
Committee staff liaison: Tony Ortiz

How to apply: Please contact Tony Ortiz for more information on how to apply.

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.

Committee vacancies: 1
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 2–4
Types of members needed: Fellow, International Fellow
Areas of expertise: Surgeons interested in advancing the role of women in the ACS and encouraging and mentoring women in surgery should apply.
Practice type: All

Nominations are open to both women and men, and the committee encourages representation by individuals of diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Nominations are open to all surgeons, but particular consideration will be given in this nomination cycle to the following:

  • Practice Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery
  • Surgeons in private practice settings
  • Under-represented minorities

Committee liaison: Jennifer Mohan

How to apply: Apply online