American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Member Services

Membership in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is an integral part of your profession. Whether you're still in training, or at the peak of your career, our top priority is providing value for you, our members—at every step.

Quality Programs

Improving the quality of surgical care leads to greater access for patients, fewer complications and better outcomes, thus lowering the cost of care. Our quality improvement programs have improved quality in trauma and cancer care, bariatric surgery, and in overall surgical care.


Educating and training surgeons remains integral across the entire spectrum of College activities. Rely on the ACS to be your premier source for surgical education and take advantage of a wide variety of resources appropriate for your learning needs.


ACS advocacy activities at the federal and state level represent the interests of you, the practicing surgeon, and your patients.  We encourage all surgeons to get involved in advocacy matters. Take action. Protect your patients and your profession. 

Support the ACS

This Giving Tuesday, November 30, participate in a global movement by making a gift to the ACS Foundation. Your gift supports the Foundation's mission to support surgical careers, including lifelong education and training, innovation, and mentorship, to improve patients’ lives.

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The Path to Quality Improvement

The ACS Quality Improvement Course: The Basics is designed to ensure the surgical workforce and other quality improvement staff are well-educated on the basic principles of surgical quality and safety. This self-paced, online course offers six modules and is intended for anyone working in a health care setting who is still learning the foundations of quality improvement.

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Get Your Copy

Black Surgeons and Surgery in America presents the history of the issues that shape the current debate on racial disparities in surgical care. In each era, up to the present day, there are heroes who dedicated themselves to the cause of racial equity in surgical care. Available for download and purchase.

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Preorder Your Copy

Optimal Resources for Surgical Education and Training, the “Gold Book,” is the definitive guide to training surgeons of the future. This manual serves as an authoritative reference for surgical education leaders, as well as a roadmap for residency training programs to ensure educational excellence in the training of surgery residents of all specialties. Preorder your copy today!

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How to Access

Login to the Clinical Congress virtual platform with your registration ID and last name to watch on-demand sessions and claim CME credits. Make sure to claim your CME credits by February 1, 2022. Haven't registered yet? Register today and gain access to the platform immediately!

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Letters of Recommendation Guide

Download the ACS Women in Surgery Committee's Letters of Recommendation Guide and Resource Bank for help when writing letters of recommendation for surgeons at all levels of training, including medical students. This thorough resource outlines general principles to guide letter structure, notable words and phrases, things to avoid, and more

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ACS Communities

Ask or answer questions with your colleagues in the ACS Member Communities.

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