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2017 ACS Committee Opportunities

The College depends on volunteers from its diverse membership to drive the mission and initiatives of the organization and the surgical profession. Serving on an ACS Committee is also 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 typically 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 by June 30, 2017 for application information.

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: 5
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 in Commission on Cancer measures.

Committee vacancies: 3
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 2
Requirements: Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.
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

ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC

Governed by an appointed executive board, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC (American College of Surgeons Professional Association Political Action Committee) aims to support an advocacy agenda for surgeons and their patients across specialty lines. Through an aggressive grassroots educational and political investment program, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC and its members provide financial support to federal office holders who share surgery's perspective on health care policy issues. ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC was established by ACSPA in October 2002.

Committee vacancies: 2
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 2
Requirements: Fellows of the American College of Surgeons with a vested interest in ACS advocacy and political affairs.
Committee Staff Liaison: Katie Oehmen, koehmen@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: 6
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 3
Requirements: Fellows of the College that have staff appointments at a CoC-accredited cancer program and participate in cancer program activities.

  • Have served as State Chair or Cancer Liaison Physician.
  • Have knowledge of the CoC’s goals and objectives.
  • 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 through committee work.
  • Able to serve as members of at least one CoC committee.
  • Able to attend and participate in at least two in-person meetings annually and conference calls.

For additional information please view the Call for Nominations, application form, and current CoC roster.
ACS Contact: cocapplication@facs.org

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.

Committee vacancies: 2
Annual in-person meetings: 1
Annual phone/web meetings: 3
Requirements: Applicants must be Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and be concerned with issues of diversity among the ACS membership and leadership; and in the development of programs and resources to educate surgeons about diversity.
Committee Staff Liaison: Please apply online.

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: 11
Requirements: Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. The committee seeks to have a diverse mix of specialties, institution types, and regions represented on this committee.
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: 2
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: N/A
Requirements: Fellows of the ACS whose specialty is Neurological Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Surgery, or General Surgery. A major goal in member selection to this committee is to embody diversity in specialties, institution types, and geographic regions.
Committee Staff Liaison: Cherlynn Sherman, csherman@facs.org

Health Policy and Advocacy Group

The purpose of the Health Policy and Advocacy Group is to identify public policy issues and concerns affecting surgeons and our patients; prioritize these issues and concerns, identify those on which the American College of Surgeons (ACS) should focus its attention and resources, and recommend these priorities to the Board of Regents; develop action plans for addressing these issues, including recommending positions and initiatives the College should adopt; expand and monitor mechanisms by which the ACS makes surgeons, our patients, and the public aware of our health policies and agendas; and develop and maintain mechanisms by which legislative and regulatory issues can be addressed in a timely and effective manner.

Committee vacancies: 4
Annual in-person meetings: 3
Annual phone/web meetings: TBD
Requirements: Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.
Committee Staff Liaison: Christian Shalgian, cshalgian@facs.org

Young Fellows Association

The Young Fellows Association (YFA) represents the interests and concerns of the Young Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. The YFA promotes active participation and input from Young Fellows to support ACS activities. All Fellows of the College 45 years of age and younger are automatically members of the YFA and may participate in any of the four workgroups.

Governing Council vacancies: 3
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 2
Requirements: Must be a Fellow of the College 45 years of age or younger.
Committee Staff Liaison: Alison Powers, apowers@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.

Committee vacancies: 2
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 1+
Requirements: Fellows of the American College of Surgeons who are able to serve a three year term and participate on one subcommittee.
Committee Staff Liaison: Please apply online