Residents, prepare to take your ACS membership to the next level

As a surgical resident, you are interested in pursuing educational and professional excellence, both as a surgeon and as a member of the surgical community. Associate Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) provides you with access to the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to help you along the way. This membership category is open only to surgeons who are devoted to practicing surgery according to the College’s professional and ethical standards, as stated in the Fellowship Pledge and the Statements on Principles—both available on the College’s website.

Time to apply for Associate Fellowship

If you are moving from training into practice this year, apply for Associate Fellowship. The application requests basic information about your education and training, licensure, board certification, and hospital and academic affiliations—some of which already exists in your Resident Member record. The ACS will waive the Associate Fellow application fee for current Resident Members as well as requirements for documentation of training completion.

Once you become an Associate Fellow, your membership at that level will be limited to a period of six years in order to foster your progression to the Fellowship level. Therefore, Associate Fellows are encouraged to consider applying for full Fellowship once they are eligible.

Application requirements

For U.S. and Canada Fellowship, the basic requirements 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)
  • Current appointment at a primary hospital

For International Fellowship applicants, the requirements include the following:

  • Certification by an appropriate American surgical specialty board or Canadian or international college of physicians and surgeons, or national surgical board from the applicant’s country of practice.
  • Three years of surgical practice after the completion of all formal training (including fellowships)
  • Current appointment at a primary hospital

Submit an application for Associate Fellowship online. You will need your ACS login information to access the application. If you do not have your login information, contact the Member Services staff at 800-293-4029 or via e-mail at for assistance.

When your application has been processed, an e-mail notification will be sent to provide updated information about your membership status.

We look forward to having you transition from being a Resident Member to an Associate Fellow of the ACS.

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