Residents: Prepare to take your ACS membership to the next level

Surgical residents are interested in pursuing educational and professional excellence, both as surgeons and as members of the surgical community. Associate Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) can provide the tools, resources, and opportunities surgeons will need to succeed when they embark on their professional careers.

The Associate Fellow category is open only to surgeons who are devoted to practicing surgery in accordance with the College’s professional and ethical standards, which are outlined in the ACS Fellowship Pledge and Statements on Principles—both available on the College’s website.

Benefits of Associate Fellowship

As young surgeons move from training into practice, the College’s leadership encourages graduating residents to apply for Associate Fellowship. Applicants will be asked to provide basic information regarding education and training, licensure, board certification, and current hospital and academic affiliations—much of which already exists in ACS Resident Member records. The College will waive the application fee for Resident Members who are current with their dues.

Associate Fellow membership is limited to a period of six years in order to foster the progression of membership to the Fellows level. The College encourages Associate Fellows to consider applying for full Fellowship once they have met the following basic requirements:

  • Certification by an appropriate American Board of Medical Specialties Surgical Specialty Board, an American Osteopathic Surgical Specialty Board, or the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
  • One year of surgical practice after the completion of all formal training (including fellowships)
  • Current appointment at a primary hospital

How to apply

To submit the electronic application for Associate Fellowship, visit the College’s website. You will need your ACS website log-in information. If you do not have your log-in information, contact the Division of Member Services at 800-293-4029 or via e-mail at for assistance.

When your application has been processed, you will receive an e-mail notification providing updated information about your membership status.

The College looks forward to helping you with your transition from a Resident Member to an Associate Fellow of the ACS.

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