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

Increasing evidence indicates a current and growing shortage of surgeons available to serve our nation's population. A shortage of general surgeons is a critical component of the crisis in health care workforce because only surgeons are uniquely trained and qualified to provide certain necessary, lifesaving procedures. In light of growing evidence demonstrating a shortage of general surgeons, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) believes more accurate and actionable workforce data is necessary to determine exactly what constitutes a surgical shortage area and subsequently where these areas exist.

In light of growing evidence demonstrating a shortage of general surgeons, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) believes more accurate and actionable workforce data is necessary to determine exactly what constitutes a surgical shortage area and subsequently where these areas exist.

Congressional Efforts

Ensuring Access to General Surgery

Learn more about ACS efforts to improve access to general surgery

Reauthorization of the HPSA Surgical Incentive Payment Program 

Learn more about ACS efforts to reauthorize the HPSA Surgical Incentive Payment Program

Keep Physicians Serving Patients 

Learn more about ACS efforts to improve geographic cost indices (GPCIs)

Graduate Medical Education 

Learn more about ACS efforts to advocate for Graduate Medical Education (GME) reform