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Opportunities and Resources

Renew or Transition Your Membership Today

Associate Fellows who meet the criteria for fellowship are encouraged to apply to become a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Current Associate Fellows may apply for free online to become a Fellow or International Fellow. To foster progression into ACS Fellowship, Associate Fellow membership is limited to surgeons who have been in practice for less than six years. Submit an application online today—it only takes a few minutes. The application requests basic information regarding education and training, licensure, board certification, and current hospital and academic affiliations—much of which already exists in your member record and will auto-populate in the application.

You will need your ACS website login information to submit an application or to pay your annual dues. If you do not have your login information, or if you have questions about transitioning your membership, contact the Resident and Associate Fellow membership staff at or 800-293-4029.

Associate Fellows: Nominate a Mentor

Is there someone who has inspired you to become involved in the American College of Surgeons and who has been a surgical mentor to you? If so, nominate him or her for the RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award!

The RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award was created to honor an outstanding Fellow of the American College of Surgeons who has had a marked impact on the engagement of a Resident or Associate Member of the College and who has offered the support and encouragement necessary to build the strong foundation for a surgical career. Mentors from any surgical specialty are eligible and encouraged.

Eligibility Criteria: Nominees should be Fellows of the American College of Surgeons, and nominators should be Resident Member or Associate Fellow of the College. One nominee may be nominated by multiple RAS-ACS members.

Please be prepared to include the following information:

  • A nomination letter, not to exceed two pages single spaced, supporting the nominee’s efforts to engage young surgeons in the American College of Surgeons and detailing the impact those efforts have had on the nominator (examples of mentorship can include intellectual, social, and/or moral support and career development/advancement)
  • Name, position, institution, and contact information of the nominee
  • Name, position, institution, and contact information of the nominator(s)

Submit your nomination by August 12. Questions? E-mail

ACS CRP Launches Video Series

The American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program (ACS CRP), in collaboration with the Journal of American College of Surgeons, is excited to announce the launch of the Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery Video Series. A companion to the Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery manuals, each video in the series will demonstrate the proper technical conduct of one Critical Element of a cancer operation as described in the manuals, making it even easier for surgeons to incorporate evidence-based techniques that lead to improved outcomes.

Watch the first video, Pancreatoduodenectomy: Superior Mesenteric Artery Dissection, today and stay tuned for more videos.

New ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators Grand Rounds Series

The American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators is launching a virtual Grand Rounds Series to connect you with experts on a range of clinical and non-clinical topics. Join us for the inaugural session on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm Central Time to discuss the perspectives of three surgical educators on Virtual Surgical Practice and Education in the Post-COVID Era. This dynamic panel will discuss the various impacts the pandemic has had on surgical practice, education paradigms, and what lessons can be carried into the future.

Learn more about the panelists and register today to secure your spot.

ACS Quality and Safety Conference Invites RAS-ACS Members to Present

Register for the 2020 Quality and Safety ConferenceThe Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care has invited RAS-ACS members to present during their upcoming ACS Quality and Safety Conference Virtual on July 24–27. RAS-ACS members will present during three panel sessions. After registering for the conference, browse through the schedule and bookmark these sessions:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Exploring diversity, equity, and inclusion in the surgical pipeline workforce and patient care.
Moderator: Yewande Alimi, MD, Secretary, RAS-ACS Executive Committee
Keynote Speaker: Zara Cooper, MD, FACS

Mirror, Mirror: How Current Events Reflect Changes Arising in Surgery by Meghana V. Kashyap, MD

Glass Ceilings and Sticky Floors: Examining Diversity and Inclusion in the Surgical Workforce by Brett Tracy, MD

Increasing Membership Diversity in Surgical Societies through Intentional Inclusivity by Patricia Martinez
Quinones, MD

Shoring Up the Pipeline: Increasing Diversity in Surgery by Enhancing Equity and Inclusivity in the Surgical
Learning Environment by Rebecca L. Williams, MD

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of Patients: Equal Access to Surgical Care and Outcomes by Oscar Serrano, MD

Leadership Topics for Residents and Young Surgeons

He for She: Learn How to Be a Champion for Gender Equity in Surgery by Christopher Sonnenday, MD, FACS

Translating Research into Policy: Learn Tips and Strategies to Develop Practical Policy Implications of Your Research by Joseph Sakran, MD, FACS

Failing Forward: Learn Strategies for Dealing with Failure and Using Failure as an Opportunity for Development (TBD)

Quality Presentations

#QuarantineSurgEd: A Collaborative Resident-Driven, Faculty-Supported Weekly Virtual Curriculum for Surgical Resident Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Cassie Sonntag, MD

Opioid Education by Randi Ryan, MD