American College of Surgeons (ACS)

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.

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About the American College of Surgeons

Members of the American College of Surgeons are referred to as "Fellows." The letters “FACS” (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon's name mean that the surgeon's education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.

There is also another category of membership known as "Associate Fellow." This category was established to provide an opportunity for surgeons who are beginning surgical practice and who meet specific requirements to assume an active role in the College at an early stage in their careers. In addition, there are categories of membership for surgical residents, medical students, and members of the surgical team.

The College currently has more than 78,000 members, including more than 4,000 Fellows in other countries.

The American College of Surgeons headquarters is located in Chicago. Additionally, ACS has a Washington (DC) office where the College works to expand its role in health care legislative and regulatory activities that affect surgeons and their patients.

Mission Statement

The American College of Surgeons is dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.

Surgical Resources

Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS) is the official scientific publication of the American College of Surgeons. Formerly Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics (1905-1994), JACS is a monthly peer-reviewed journal publishing original contributions on all aspects of surgery.

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons is published monthly as the College’s principal means of communicating with its members as well as a broad audience that includes other physicians, government representatives, the medical and lay press, other medical organizations, medical schools, and hospitals.

Surgery News is the monthly newspaper of the American College of Surgeons for members of the College and other surgeons across the country. First published in 2005, Surgery News provides concise, cutting-edge reports from clinical meetings; reports on the politics affecting the surgical profession; FDA actions and the results of clinical trials; expert commentary; reports on the business aspects of surgical practice today; and College news.

Future Meetings of the American College of Surgeons