Associate Fellows interested in pursuing professional excellence are encouraged to apply for American College of Surgeons (ACS) Fellowship by December 31. Many Associate Fellows are pursuing professional excellence as individual practitioners and as members of the surgical community. These attributes will serve them well as they apply for ACS Fellowship. The ACS admits to its Fellowship only those surgeons whose professional activity is devoted to surgical practice and who agree to practice by the professional and ethical standards of the College.
The ACS standards of practice are contained in the Fellowship Pledge and the Statements on Principles, which are available on the ACS website. All Fellows of the College and applicants for Fellowship are expected to adhere to these standards.
Surgeons request and voluntarily submit applications for Fellowship. In so doing, they are inviting an evaluation of their practice by their peers. In evaluating the eligibility of applicants for Fellowship, the College investigates each applicant’s entire surgical practice. Applicants for Fellowship are required to provide to the appointed committees of the College all information deemed necessary for the investigation and evaluation of their surgical practice.
The following is a brief summary of the qualifications for Fellowship and the necessary application steps. The College anticipates that all Associate Fellows will consider applying for Fellowship within the first six years of their surgical practice. To encourage this transition, Associate Fellowship is limited to surgeons with less than six years in practice.
The basic requirements for Fellowship are as follows:
- Certification by an appropriate American Board of Medical Specialties surgical specialty board, an American Osteopathic surgical specialty board, or the Royal College of Surgeons in Canada
- One year of surgical practice after the completion of all formal training (including fellowships)
- A current appointment at a primary hospital with no reportable action pending
A full list of the requirements can be found online.
Associate Fellows who are current with their membership dues may submit a waived-fee application online by visiting the Become a Member section of the ACS website and clicking on the link for either Fellow or International Fellow. You will need your log-in information to access the application. If you do not have your log-in, contact the College staff at 800-293-9623 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The application requests basic information regarding licensure, certification, education, and current hospital affiliations. Applicants also must list the names of five Fellows of the College, preferably from their current practice location, to serve as references. Applicants do not need to request letters, but rather list the names on the application, and the College staff will contact references.
If you need assistance finding Fellows of the College in your area, you may view a list on the ACS website (click on the “Find a Surgeon” tab).
Applications must be submitted by December 31 to be considered for induction at the Clinical Congress 2016 in Washington, DC. When your application is processed, you will receive an e-mail notification providing more information about the application timetable along with a request for your surgical case list. The College provides several options for the submission of your surgical case list.
U.S. and Canadian Fellowship applicants are required to attend a personal interview with members of an ACS committee in their local area. Exceptions are made for military applicants and in certain rural areas. Following the interview, you will receive notification by July 15 of the action taken on your application. Approved applicants are designated as Initiates to be inducted as Fellows at the Convocation Ceremony at the Clinical Congress, usually held in October.
Contact the staff at any time throughout the application process. We look forward to you becoming a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.