Associate Fellows: Apply now for ACS Fellowship

Associate Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) who are interested in pursuing the next level of membership—full Fellowship—are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2016. The ACS admits into its Fellowship only those physicians who devote their practice entirely to surgical services and who agree to practice in accordance with the professional and ethical standards of the College.

The College’s standards of practice are outlined in the Fellowship Pledge and the Statements on Principles found on the ACS website at 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 must provide to the appointed committees all information deemed necessary for the investigation and evaluation of their surgical practice.

It is the College’s intention that all Associate Fellows consider applying for Fellowship within the first six years of their surgical practice. To encourage that transition, Associate Fellowship is limited to surgeons who have been in practice less than six years.

The following is a brief summary of the qualifications for Fellowship and the steps necessary to apply:

  • Certification by an appropriate American Board of Medical Specialties surgical specialty board, an American Osteopathic surgical specialty board, or the Royal College of Physicians and 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 accessed on the ACS website.

Associate Fellows who are current with their membership dues may submit a waived-fee application online 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 via e-mail at for assistance.

The application requests basic information regarding licensure, certification, education, and current hospital affiliations. Applicants also are asked to provide the names of five Fellows of the College, preferably from your current practice location, to serve as references for your application. Applicants do not need to request letters; just list the names on your application and the College staff will contact your references.

If you need assistance finding ACS Fellows in your area, view a list on our website (click on the “Find a Surgeon” button).

Applications must be submitted by the December 1 deadline to be considered for induction at Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA. When your application is processed, you will receive an e-mail notification providing details about the application timeline 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 by an ACS committee in their local area. Exceptions are made for military applicants and in certain rural areas. 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 during the Convocation Ceremony at the Clinical Congress.

Contact Member Services with questions at any time throughout the application process. We look forward to having you become a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

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