Associate Fellows: Apply now for ACS Fellowship

Associate Fellows who are interested in pursuing the next level of membership and who meet the criteria for Fellowship are encouraged to start the application process now.

Applications for American College of Surgeons (ACS) Fellowship for induction at the 2018 Clinical Congress in Boston, MA, are due December 1, 2017.

ACS Fellowship is granted to physicians who devote their practice entirely to surgical services and who agree to practice in accordance with the College’s professional and ethical standards.

The College’s Fellowship Pledge and Statements on Principles, found on the ACS website, outline the ACS standards of practice. All ACS Fellows and applicants for Fellowship are expected to adhere to these standards.

Surgeons voluntarily submit applications for Fellowship, thereby inviting an evaluation of their practice by their peers. In evaluating the eligibility of Fellowship applicants, 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.

It is our 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 basic requirements for Domestic (U.S. and Canada) Fellowship are as follows:

  • Certification by an appropriate American Board of Medical Specialties surgical specialty board, an American Osteopathic Association 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 domestic requirements can be accessed on the ACS website. The list of requirements for International Fellowship is available online.

Associate Fellows who are current with their membership dues may apply online for free by visiting 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 information, contact the College’s Member Services staff at 800-293-9623 or via e-mail at

The application requests basic information regarding licensure, certification, education, and hospital affiliations. Applicants also are asked to provide 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 of recommendation; simply list the names in your application, and the College staff will contact your references.

If you need assistance finding ACS Fellows in your area, go to the ACS website and click on the “Find a Surgeon” button.

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.

All Fellowship applicants are required to participate in a personal interview by an ACS committee in their local area. Exceptions are made for military applicants. 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 during the Convocation Ceremony at the Clinical Congress.

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

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