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Resident Members and Associate Fellows: Renew or Transition Your Membership

All Resident Members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) who are continuing training for the 2019–2020 academic year and ACS Associate Fellows who have a valid e-mail address with the College have been sent e-mail notifications that their 2019 dues balances are payable. You may log in to your ACS profile to renew your membership and to update your contact information and training or professional status.

Are you completing your residency or fellowship training in 2019? Watch for e-mail notifications to upgrade your membership to the Associate Fellow level. Current Resident Members will have their Associate Fellow application fee waived, so if you apply now, you will receive your first year of Associate Fellow membership free.

Associate Fellows who meet the criteria for Fellowship are encouraged to apply to become a Fellow of the ACS. Associate Fellows may apply online to be a Fellow or International Fellow, and the application is free. To foster progression into ACS Fellowship, Associate Fellow membership is limited to surgeons who have been in practice less than six years. Apply online today; it only takes a few minutes. The application requests basic information regarding education and training, licensure, board certification, and 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 apply 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. 

Memberships that have not been renewed or transitioned by the end of 2019 will be discontinued in January 2020.

New RISE Article Discusses Transition to Surgical ResidencyResources in Surgical Education (RISE)

A new Resources in Surgical Education (RISE) article, “Easing the Transition to Surgical Residency: The ACS/APDS/ASE Resident Prep Curriculum,” is now available on the RISE website. The article, by Jeremy M. Lipman, MD, MHPE, FACS, FASCRS; Kyla Terhune, MD, MBA, FACS; George Sarosi, Jr., MD, FACS; Rebecca Minter, MD, FACS; Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FASCME; and Keith A. Delman, MD, FACS, is intended for those who work in undergraduate and graduate surgical education; in particular, those who work at the transition between these two educational domains.

Learning objectives for the article are as follows:

  • Describe the benefits of surgery residency preparatory courses
  • Recognize the resources available from the American College of Surgeons (ACS)/Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS)/Association for Surgical Education (ASE) Residency Prep Curriculum
  • Evaluate the future role residency prep courses may play in competency decisions

The article is available on the RISE web page by selecting “Articles” on the left navigation pane.

Contact Krashina Hudson at or at 312-202-5335 for additional information.

National Cancer Database PUF application is now openNCDB

The National Cancer Database’s (NCDB) Participant User File (PUF) application process is now open. The NCDB will accept submissions for site-specific files, which include cases diagnosed between 2004 and 2016. The application period will now be open year-round, except for brief scheduled maintenance or updates. The 2017 PUF data is anticipated to be available in early 2020.

One change of note in this release of the PUF is that applicants will have the option of requesting a technical review of proposals for feasibility. Although it is not required to request a technical review, applicants are encouraged to do so, especially if they are new PUF users.

More information on the PUF submission process is available on the Cancer Programs website or by e-mailing the NCDB technical staff at

Hot Threads in ACS CommunitiesACS Communities

Have you checked out the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Communities lately? From medical students to senior surgeons, ACS members are talking about the things that matter most to them. Following are the latest top discussion threads in ACS Communities:

  1. What is good? (General Surgery)
  2. Announcing new book entitled Gender Equity in the Medical Profession (General Surgery)
  3. Consent issue (General Surgery)
  4. Partial cholecystectomy--Is this a valid procedure? (General Surgery)
  5. Nonsurgeon hernia surgeons (General Surgery)
  6. The Price We Pay: Marty Makary (General Surgery)
  7. Recertification exam (Untitled post) (General Surgery)
  8. Bile leak (General Surgery)
  9. 55 y/o with recurrent sinus after LAR (Colon and Rectal Surgery)
  10. Hungry (ravenous?) bone syndrome and secondary hyperparathyroidism (Endocrine Surgery)

To join communities, log in to ACS Communities, go to “All Communities" under "Communities" on the blue bar, and click the “Join” button next to the community of interest to you. If you have any questions, send them to

Watch for Clinical Congress Daily Highlights E-Newsletter

Watch your inbox for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2019 Daily Highlights e-newsletter. The twice-daily newsletter will keep you updated on top sessions and the latest scientific news from the conference, as well as video interviews with presenters and researchers.

This year’s coverage will include the following topics: late-breaking clinical trials, liquid biopsy, controversies in diverticulitis care, acute gallbladder, surgeon burnout, latest findings from the FIRST (Flexibility In duty hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees) Trial on resident duty hours, ACS membership survey results on firearm injury prevention, geriatric trauma care, genetic testing for breast cancer, nonopioid pain control, immunotherapy, mass casualty events, and more.

Clinical Congress Daily Highlights also will be available on the ACS Clinical Congress Mobile App and the Clinical Congress 2019 web page.

Support the AWS and ACS WiSC through Networking, Shopping Events in San Francisco

While you’re attending Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco, CA, make sure to take part in three networking and shopping events that support the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) and the American College of Surgeons Women in Surgery Committee (ACS WiSC). 10 percent of the proceeds from these events will go to the AWS and ACS WiSC, which support award, grant, and scholarship opportunities for women surgeons and trainees.

The events are as follows:

  • Wine and shopping at the Caldwell Snyder Gallery
    5:00–7:00 pm, October 29
    Caldwell Snyder Gallery
  • Enrico Cuini shoe line trunk show, with Taryn Rose, MD, orthopedic surgeon
    10:00 am–7:00 pm, October 27–29 by appointment or drop-in
    Parc 55 Hotel, Sunset
    RSVP and shop at
  • Nina McLemore women’s clothing trunk show
    9:00 am–6:00 pm, October 26–29, by appointment or drop-in
    Parc 55 Hotel, Lombard Contact Pam Somers at and view the Fall 2019 catalog

Read about more events and activities at Clinical Congress.