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How to Become a Mentor

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 Young Fellows Association (YFA) Mentoring Program 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 Fellows of the College who would like to apply to be mentors for the YFA Annual Mentoring Program. 

Application Process

YFA is seeking individuals who would like to serve as mentors for the YFA Annual Mentor Program. Applicants must be Fellows of the College who are in the later stages for their career (more than 10 years in practice) and more than 45 years of age.

Mentor responsibilities include:

  • Participating in an introductory call with your mentee
  • Attending the ACS Clinical Congress in San Diego, CA, to meet your mentee 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 mentee on a minimum of a quarterly basis
  • Assisting the mentee in honing their mentorship goal, and help them identify specific steps to create an action plan
  • 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 mentee
  • Abbreviated CV (not more than two pages)

Application period for 2017–2018 is now closed.


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