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

Upcoming Deadlines

Submit an essay for the YFA Advocacy Essay Contest by Feb. 15!

The YFA is accepting essays through February 15 for the 2018 Advocacy Essay Contest. Participants should express their ideas regarding the joy and privilege of a surgical career through the use of advocacy at the local, state, or national level to achieve greatness in patient care. The YFA encourages participants to use personal examples of advocacy experiences.

The YFA Advocacy & Issues Workgroup will review and judge all the submitted essays. The winning essayist will receive a $500 stipend to support travel to attend the 2018 Leadership and Advocacy Summit and have the registration fee for the Summit waived. The winning submission will be published in the July 2018 issue of the Bulletin. Outstanding submissions will appear in future quarterly issues of YFA E-News. The winner will be notified by March 1.

Submit your essays here. The YFA represents all ACS Fellows ages 45 and younger and seeks essays from surgeons in this age group as well as those who are "young at heart.” 

Nominations Are Now Open for the 2018 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards

ACS, in association with Pfizer, Inc., has begun accepting nominations for the 2018 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards. These annual awards recognize surgeons who have made significant contributions to communities in need of surgical aid, be that through organized volunteer activities, through the dedication of a significant portion of their surgical career to the underserved, or through a retirement characterized by surgical outreach. You can access the nomination site here. All nominations must be received by February 28, 2018. For more information, contact or visit this section of our website.

Apply for an ACS Fellowship through the ACS Surgical History Group

The ACS Surgical History Group (SHG) has an exciting opportunity available. A $2,000 stipend will be awarded to support research in surgical history that uses the archival resources of the ACS, which includes the records of the ACS in Chicago and the Orr Collection in Omaha. Funds are unrestricted, and can be used for travel, lodging, and other expenses associated with study in Chicago and Omaha.

The stipend is open to members of the ACS. Non-members are welcome to apply, with acceptance contingent on becoming a member of the ACS at an appropriate level (Fellow, Associate Fellow, Resident, Medical Student, or Affiliate Member).

Applications close on March 1. Instructions and application information are available on the ACS Archives website. For more information please contact Meghan Kennedy, ACS Archivist, at