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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.

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!


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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