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Online applications for the Member, Associate Member, and Affiliate Member categories will be accepted beginning February 1, 2022. Please contact to receive information about the next application cycle.

What is the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™?

In October 2014, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education presented to the Board of Regents a proposal to establish an ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. The Regents approved the proposal unanimously. The aim of the new ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators is to recognize and assemble a cadre of Master Surgeon Educators of national and international renown who will work closely with the ACS Division of Education to advance the science and practice of avant-garde surgical education and training.

The goals of the Academy include defining megatrends in surgical education and training; steering advances in the field; fostering innovation and collaboration; supporting faculty development and recognition; and underscoring the critical importance of surgical education and training in the changing milieu of health care. Academy members are selected through a rigorous peer-review process and induction into the Academy will be a very high honor. Members of the Academy will be expected to engage actively in activities to address the aforementioned goals. Academy membership will be open to Master Surgeon Educators from across the surgical specialties.

Why is the Academy needed?

Currently, there is no national educational academy that reaches across the House of Surgery, and the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators will fill a much-needed gap in innovative surgical education. The Academy will play a pivotal role in providing recognition to master surgeon educators and advancing the science and implementation of surgical education. The Academy is a unique program of the ACS and induction into the Academy demonstrates the highest achievements in the domain of surgical education, as evaluated by stringent peer review. In addition, the work of the Academy will significantly advance surgical education through innovation, mentorship, scholarship, and educational programs.

Who are the members of the Steering Committee?

Visit the Leadership of the Academy page for a listing of members.

Who are the members of the Academy

Review the complete list of Academy Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members.

What are the activities of the Academy?

Specific activities would include:

  • Serving as an action group to define future trends in surgical education
  • Designing innovative educational programs
  • Implementing a national mentorship program
  • Contributing to a new publication, Proceedings of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators
  • Collaborating with other thought leaders to advance surgical education
  • Promoting surgical education as a prestigious career path
  • Defining and disseminating surgical educational standards and best practices
How do I know if I am qualified?

There are three categories of membership (for details related to criteria, use the links below):

When can I apply?

Visit Application Cycle and Deadlines for detailed information.

How do I apply?

Visit Application Instructions for for detailed information.

What if I am selected but unable to attend the Induction Ceremony?

Selected Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members must be present at the Induction Ceremony—held annually in Chicago—in order to be in the Academy. If there is a scheduling conflict, induction would be delayed until the following year. Selected Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members must be inducted within three years of their selection date or they will need to re-apply to the Academy during the annual application cycle.

How can I nominate someone?

You will be asked to do the following:

  • Complete the nomination form providing information on the nominee and your own information.
  • Special note for Non-ACS Members. If you are nominating an individual and you are not a member of the College, you will need to create an account. Creating an ACS account only take a few minutes.
What do I do if I am nominated?

If you are nominated, you will receive an e-mail that you have been nominated for membership in the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. The nominator’s name will be provided. You will be invited to complete the application for membership and will be provided with a link to the application and information about the Academy.

What is the membership fee?

Visit the Dues and Fees page for detailed information.

How will the membership dues be used?

Membership dues will help to support programs and activities of the Academy, including an annual symposium, innovative programs and projects, a peer reviewed publication, and other communications.

Can I preview the application form?

To see a copy of the application, you may download the Member, Associate Member, and Affiliate Member applications. These are .pdf versions of the application. Please note that you must apply to the Academy via the online application process.

For further information, who can I talk to?

All of the Steering Committee members listed above are available for more detailed discussions on topics related to the Academy. At the ACS, please contact:

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME,
Alisa Nagler, JD, MA, EdD,
Susan Newman, MPH, Academy Administrator, or 312-202-5771