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2019 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 for application information.

Committee on Interprofessional Education and Practice

The Committee on Interprofessional Education and Practice aims to

  • 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
  • Assist with the process of accreditation of their respective educational programs

Committee vacancies: 1
Annual in-person meetings: 1
Annual phone/web meetings: 4
Requirements: ACS Affiliate Member. The committee is looking for an Affiliate Member to provide further insight into surgical team best practices. There are currently two other Affiliate Members—one of whom is a RN, PhD, and one who is a Surgery Resident Program Administrator. Those from additional career tracks are encouraged to apply.
Committee Staff Liaison: Katie McKenzie

How to apply: Submit a CV and a brief statement of interest (less than one page) to Katie McKenzie no later than August 15.

Committee on Medical Student Education

The Committee on Medical Student Education committee aims to comprehensively address the educational needs in surgery for medical students during all four years of medical school.

Committee vacancies: 2
1: Fellow or Associate Fellow
1: Medical Student Member
Annual in-person meetings: 1
Annual phone/web meetings: 12+
Requirements: ACS Fellow, Associate Fellow, or Medical Student Member
Committee Staff Liaison: Katie McKenzie

How to apply: Send a CV, letter of interest (one page or less), and recommendation letter from an ACS Fellow (recommendation letters are only required for applicants who are medical students) to Katie McKenzie by August 8.

Committee on Resident Education

The mission of the Committee on Resident Education 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: ACS Fellows
Committee Staff Liaison: Steffanye Hawbaker Mack

How to apply: Submit a CV and a short statement of interest (one page or less) to Kim Echert no later than July 31.

NAPRC Governance Committees

The National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) is making its inaugural call for ACS Fellows to populate its governance committees. The NAPRC was launched in late 2017 to help ensure that patients with rectal cancer receive appropriate care using a multidisciplinary approach.

The Executive Committee will be the oversight body of the NAPRC with three standing committees focused on specific aspects and goals of the program. The Accreditation Committee will maintain and enforce accreditation standards development and survey processes, the Education Committee will create and disseminate education related to NAPRC standards, and the Quality Committee will continuously monitor and refine quality metrics according to evidence based findings.

Other committee members include representatives from the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the College of American Pathologists, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Committee vacancies: 16
Annual in-person meetings: 1–2
Annual phone/web meetings: 3
Requirements: ACS Fellows or Associate Fellows treating rectal cancer patients in a Commission on Cancer accredited facility that is actively working toward NAPRC accreditation. Initial terms will be staggered and will either be one year or two years. All appointments are renewable for two additional two-year terms contingent upon fulfilling committee membership requirements. 

Applicants should have an interest in rectal cancer program accreditation, rectal cancer research and quality measure development for the National Cancer Database, and/or rectal cancer specific educational program development for rectal cancer specialists and accredited programs.
Committee Staff Liaison: Erin DeKoster

How to apply: Interested individuals should submit a CV and a one-page letter of interest and summary of qualifications to by June 15.