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How to Become a Mentee

An advantage of membership in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is interacting with leaders outside of your home institution who have had an impact on the field of surgery. By becoming more involved in the ACS and joining its leadership ranks you can have a greater impact in your field. The mentoring program from the Young Fellows Association (YFA) formalizes these connections by:

  • Helping you define how you want to lead
  • Accelerating your surgery career
  • Building a stronger network
  • Gaining a resource for life

If you are selected for the program and successfully complete it, you will receive first notice on leadership positions within the ACS.


How to Apply

The YFA is seeking applications from young Fellows—ACS Fellows under the age of 45—who would like to be mentees in the YFA Annual Mentoring Program. 

Application Process

This is an opportunity to develop a mentoring relationship with an established ACS leader. Applicants should be Fellows of the College who are under the age of 45. Applicants in need of mentorship related to growing as a leader in ACS should apply.

Mentee responsibilities include:

  • Initiating an introductory call with your mentor
  • Attending the ACS Clinical Congress in San Diego, CA, to meet your mentor at a lunch meeting planned for Tuesday, October 24. Come to the meeting with a goal summarized around one of these three categories:*
    • Hone/identify presentations you could give at ACS meetings
    • Discuss articles you might write for an ACS publication
    • Identify positions you might apply for within ACS
  • Committing to connect with your mentor on a minimum of a quarterly basis
  • Completing an evaluation form at the conclusion of the program in October 2018

The application will require:

  • Contact information and identification on areas of compatibility with mentor
  • A brief personal statement outlining what the mentee is looking to gain from this program
  • Abbreviated CV (not more than two pages)

Application period for 2017–2018 is now closed.

Mentoring Goals 

Keep in mind that one of your goals should be defining an area within the American College of Surgeons in which you would be involved.

These include:

  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Simulation
  • Global Health
  • Local Chapter ACS involvement
  • Committee Involvement
  • Career advancement
  • Trauma Initiatives
  • Cancer Initiatives
  • Surgical Research
  • Health Policy/Leadership


All applicants will be notified by August 15 regarding their participation in the program. We will do our best to match each applicant with an appropriate mentor but we cannot guarantee a perfect fit.


Please direct questions to Alison Powers at