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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.

Didactic Course Opportunity

A one-day didactic course, Global Health Competencies for Surgeons: Cognitive and System Skills, will be offered as a postgraduate course during Clinical Congress 2018. Register today!

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OGB at Clinical Congress

Are you attending Clinical Congress 2018? Start planning your schedule and make time to attend these OGB events.

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New Workgroup

Surgical trainee interest in global surgery is rising, as shown by an increasing number of global surgery tracks in residency, clinical electives, and research fellowships. We are launching the RAS-ACS Global Surgery Workgroup at Clinical Congress on October 22, 2:00–3:00 pm to help residents advocate for this training. Join us!

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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!


Helping Others

John Mathews, MD, FACS, discusses how Operation Giving Back aligns with surgical service and the opportunity for surgeons to share their skills.

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On Volunteerism

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

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