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

2021 Committee Opportunities

The College depends on volunteers from its diverse membership to drive the mission and initiatives of the organization in support of the surgical profession. Serving on an ACS Committee is a great opportunity for surgeons to network with colleagues, progress to leadership positions, expand their professional sphere, and contribute to patient care.

The majority of ACS Committee membership terms begin in October following the annual Clinical Congress and extend for three years. Committee openings are announced in late spring, and membership applications are accepted through early summer.

The following ACS Committees are currently accepting applications. Follow application instructions or contact the Committee Staff Liaison listed by May 31 for application information.

Committee on Diversity Issues

The mission of the Committee on Diversity Issues is to study the educational and professional needs of underrepresented surgeons and surgical trainees and the impact that its work may have on the elimination of health disparities among diverse population groups. To this end, the Committee seeks recognition and support from the ACS through the College's mission policies and programs.

Committee vacancies: 2
Annual in-person meetings: 1
Annual phone/web meetings: 8 (includes subcommittee meetings)
Types of members needed: Fellow, International Fellow
Areas of expertise: Surgeons interested in developing initiatives to expand diversity within the ACS membership and leadership, and to developing resources and programming for surgeons related to diversity and cultural competency should apply. Nominations are open to both men and women, and the committee encourages representation by individuals of diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
Practice type: All
Committee liaison: Jennifer Mohan

How to apply: Apply online

Women in Surgery Committee

The mission of the Women in Surgery Committee is to enable women surgeons of all ages, specialties, and practice types to develop their individual potential as professionals; promote an environment that fosters inclusion, respect, and success; develop, encourage, and advance women surgeons as leaders; and provide a forum and networking opportunities to enhance women's surgical career satisfaction.

Committee vacancies: 1
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 2–4
Types of members needed: Fellow, International Fellow
Areas of expertise: Surgeons interested in advancing the role of women in the ACS and encouraging and mentoring women in surgery should apply.
Practice type: All

Nominations are open to both women and men, and the committee encourages representation by individuals of diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Nominations are open to all surgeons, but particular consideration will be given in this nomination cycle to the following:

  • Practice Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery
  • Surgeons in private practice settings
  • Under-represented minorities

Committee liaison: Jennifer Mohan

How to apply: Apply online