American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Opportunities and Resources

Apply to Serve as a Volunteer Liaison

RAS-ACS is seeking applications for liaison positions for the ACS committees, councils, and workgroups listed below. Please access the application site for more information about the positions and their terms. Be prepared to provide a short CV, a letter of intent outlining what you can contribute to the position and how it will impact the trajectory of your career, and a statement affirming your institution's or partner’s support to pursue the chosen position.

Advisory Councils

  • Urology council

Board of Governors Workgroups

  • Newsletter workgroup
  • Surgical care and delivery workgroup
  • Survey workgroup

NAPRC Subcommittees

  • Accreditation
  • Education
  • Quality

The deadline for applications is June 24 at 5:00 pm. Apply here. Please direct any questions to

Submit an Abstract for the CoC Research Paper Competition

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is currently accepting submissions for the Annual Cancer Research Paper Competition, which recognizes residents and fellows-in-training for their original research. Topics must be specific to oncology and related to the mission of the CoC. Abstracts may have been previously presented but not published as full papers in any peer-reviewed journal prior to October 27, 2019. Microsoft Word is the only acceptable submission format.

The first place winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium plus travel expenses to present the research at the CoC’s Annual Meeting during the ACS Clinical Congress on October 27, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. The entry will be considered for publication in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The authors of the second and third place winning abstracts will each receive a $500 cash award and an invitation to present a poster during the Annual Meeting of the CoC.

The competition is funded by the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society.

Submissions will be accepted through July 31, 2019 at

For more information visit this section of the ACS website.

Attend the ACS Core General Surgery Review Course

ACS Core General Surgery Review for Residents

Reinforce your knowledge with the ACS Core General Surgery Review for Residents, a new three-day course developed by the ACS Division of Education. The course is July 6-8, 2019, at the ACS Headquarters in Chicago, IL. This engaging course is specifically designed for residents interested in an intense review of general surgery and may be beneficial for those preparing for general surgery qualifying or other examinations, as well as for those transitioning to general surgery practice or advanced training. A case-based approach and focused didactic sessions will be used by expert faculty to provide a comprehensive, yet targeted, review. The exceptional core faculty planners include:

  • John A. Weigelt, MD, DVM, MMA, FACS, course chair
  • Andrew S. Kastenmeier, MD, FACS
  • Robert C. McIntyre, Jr., MD, FACS
  • Laura J. Moore, MD, FACS

Dr. Weigelt is also course director of ACS SESAP® and the ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course. His extensive experience and that of the expert core faculty have resulted in a group of outstanding speakers prepared to provide a relevant, concise, and pragmatic review.

Seating is limited and registration is first-come, first-served. ALL residents are welcome! For additional information, visit this section of the ACS website or contact us at regarding course-related questions.

Learn How To Run A Clinical Trial During Clinical Congress

This course, Designing and Running a Prospective Surgical Clinical Trial, will be held during Clinical Congress 2019 and is intended for surgeons who are interested in clinical trials.

Course instructors will teach the methodology of design and implementation of a clinical trial for surgeons interested in developing and leading a prospective trial. The course is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program Education Committee and the Surgical Research Committee. The course chairs are Judy C. Boughey, MB, BChir, FACS; and Kamal M.F. Itani, MD, FACS.

Questions? Contact Amanda Francescatti at