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Operation Giving Back

Operation Giving Back (OGB), the volunteerism initiative of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), serves as a comprehensive resource center where you can find information to investigate and participate in surgical volunteer opportunities. OGB provides the necessary tools to facilitate humanitarian outreach among ACS members of all specialties, at all stages of their profession, and with an emphasis on domestic and/or international service. Through a network of high-impact partner organizations, OGB directs you to volunteer opportunities that align with your skills, passions, and beliefs.

ACS/Pfizer Nominations

Nominate a colleague for the ACS/Pfizer Humanitarianism and Volunteerism Awards to recognize their altruism, vision, leadership, and dedication to making a lasting difference. Nominations are due by February 28.

  Submit a nomination

Want to Volunteer?

We seek to engage members in an effort to address critical public health issues related to access to basic surgical care—domestically and abroad. Are you signed up to be a volunteer? View our many opportunities. If you are not a volunteer yet, sign up today!


Register Today

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health is hosting a full-day satellite session to bring together experts and panelists to explore how to take action to identify and fill the gaps through multispecialty collaboration in low-resource areas, Thursday, March 15 at the New York Hilton Hotel in Midtown.

  Learn more and register

Accepting Applications

The call for applications for the ACS-COSECSA Women Scholars Program is now open. The program is open to senior female surgical residents enrolled in the COSECSA region. Applications are due by April 1.

  Learn more and apply

Our 2017 Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the ACS-COSECSA Women Scholars Program. The ACS and College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA) developed a scholarship program to make it possible for more women in Sub-Saharan Africa to pursue surgical careers. 

  Meet the winners

On Volunteerism

Susan Miller Briggs, MD, FACS, talks about the opportunity for young surgeons to give back through global surgery.

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