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Onboarding Checklist for Surgeons

In 2016, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors’ Surgical Care Delivery Workgroup developed an Onboarding Checklist for Surgeons for the complex, multistep process of bringing a new surgeon into a group or surgery department. The checklist delineates action items for a new surgeon and the hiring partner, group, or hospital.

The workgroup recently revised the checklist to more accurately reflect the evolving health care landscape, specifically detailing the unique onboarding of aspects of academic and/or private and employed practices. Increased emphasis on surgeon well-being has been included to help reduce stress during the onboarding process.

The revised checklist is intended to serve as a guideline for discussion and not to represent mandatory surgeon contract requirements. Although many surgeons have had input, the list is not exhaustive and will be updated as necessary.

See the revised checklist


The authors gratefully Michael A. Goldfarb, MD, FACS, for his leadership as Past-Chair of the ACS Governors Surgical Care Delivery Workgroup Surgeon Workforce Subcommittee to develop the ACS Onboarding Checklist for Surgeons, which was published in the July 2016 issue of the Bulletin.

Read more about the Onboarding Checklist in the July 2016 Bulletin article, “ACS Surgeon Workforce Subcommittee develops Onboarding Checklist for Surgeons.”