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Subscriptions and Orders | Continuing Medical Education

Subscriptions and Orders

How do I order a subscription?

Subscriptions can be ordered by contacting Customer Service at 800-631-0033 or online. Before placing your order online, select “Login” from the top-right navigation at top of ecommerce page and enter your American College of Surgeons (ACS) username and password (the default password is your last name) or create a New User profile if you are not a member. Ordering by phone or online requires prepayment with a credit card.

How many issues are published during an annual subscription?

There are eight issues published in a 12-month period. Please visit the Upcoming Issues page for a preview of future SRGS topics.

I ordered SRGS recently. When will I receive my first issue?

Delivery of your first print issue can take up to eight weeks, depending on when your order was placed. If you placed an order within the first half of the month, your subscription will be mailed within two months, depending on our publication cycle.

SRGS online subscriptions begin immediately with the current issue. Consult the SRGS home page for the current print issue mail date.

Postal delivery dates vary depending on your location and internal distribution procedures. Most subscribers will receive their issue within a week after the mailing date, but delivery can take up to 14 days.

My subscription includes print issues. What should I do if I haven’t received one or more of the issues?

Delivery of print issues can take up to eight weeks, depending on when your order was placed, the current issue’s mail date, your location, and internal distribution procedures.

Lost or missing issues must be reported within eight weeks after the issue has been mailed. Two missing issues per year per subscription can be replaced.

To report a missing issue or to change your address:

  • Call: 800-631-0033 or 312-202-5227
  • Fax: 312-202-5009
  • E-mail:

You may also mail address changes to:

633 N. Saint Clair St.
Chicago, IL 60611-3295

I ordered an SRGS online subscription, when will I receive a login username and password?

SRGS online subscribers receive a username and password by e-mail immediately after purchase. If you are a member of ACS, your username and password are the same as your ACS username and password (the default password is your last name).

How can I renew my subscription?

You will be sent a renewal notice approximately four to eight weeks before your subscription is set to expire. The first notice will be e-mailed to you if we have your email address on file. If you do not have an e-mail address on file or it is undeliverable, you will be sent a renewal notice through the U.S. Postal Service. If you are not receiving renewal notices by e-mail and would like to, please send your e-mail address to Brandon Locke.

Can I renew online?

Online renewal is encouraged. To renew online,

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Login” from the top-right navigation.
  3. Enter your user ID and password
  4. Select “Customer Service,” then “Renew SRGS Subscription”

Do members of the ACS receive a free subscription or discount to SRGS?

ACS members do not receive a free subscription to SRGS as part of their membership, but, as with many other ACS products, members receive discounted pricing.

Can I backdate a subscription with an issue that has already been published?

You cannot subscribe to an issue that has already been published. Subscriptions start with the next issue (or the current issue if you have an online subscription). You can order back issues, but you cannot backdate CME. For example, the CME test appears in every issue of SRGS. If your subscription was not active when the issue was published you cannot earn CME credit for that issue. Access to the CME test site is based on your subscription start and end dates.

How do I purchase a back issue?

Back issues cannot be purchased online, but an order form is available. Back issue sales are based on availability. Active subscribers to SRGS receive a discount on back issues. Your cannot preorder an issue that has yet to be published.

Can I print the full-text reprints from the online version of SRGS?

Our licensing agreements with the publishers preclude offering this feature; therefore, the reprint PDF is intentionally locked. However, you are free to print the entire overview. Click on the citations on the bibliography page to access full-text reprints through PubMed if you would like a physical copy (most publishers charge a fee, but a medical library can provide a copy free of charge). We have flagged the free articles for your convenience.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

How can I earn CME credit with a subscription to SRGS?

To participate in the SRGS CME program, you must have an active “with CME” or SRGS online subscription. Credit is earned on completion of a 20-question posttest and four evaluation questions. The ABS requires a minimum score of at least 75% on the posttest to claim CME Self-Assessment credit.

Note: For all issues preceding Vascular Surgery, Part II (Vol. 42, No. 8), a 20-question pretest must also be completed.

How many credits can I earn with an annual subscription?

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) publishes eight issues of SRGS per year. Each test is awarded 10 credits; taking all eight tests is not mandatory. Participants can earn up to 80 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per subscription year.

Can SRGS CME credit be applied to MOC?

The American Board of Surgery lists SRGS as a CME resource for surgeons enrolled in its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Successful completion of the SRGS CME program fulfills MOC Part II requirements that focus on lifelong learning and self-assessment.

How do I take the tests?

The tests must be taken online. All CME users, regardless of ACS membership status, must login to the site using an ACS-SRGS username and password.

If you have an online subscription to SRGS, you can seamlessly login to the CME test site under the “Test Your Knowledge” tab once you are logged in to SRGS. (You do not need to re-login to the test site.)

When is the deadline to complete the test?

SRGS publishes eight (8) times a year on a revolving cycle of topics that spans four years. When a topic is revised, the older enduring material is no longer certified for credit. You can earn credit for all of the tests that appear on your CME index page. When a topic is revised, the CME test for the older version of the material will be removed from your CME test page. Please note that the test completion date affects your eligibility to claim SRGS credit in a particular year. Only a maximum of 80 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be earned per year with your SRGS subscription.

How do I get a username and password if I am not an ACS member?

Non-ACS member subscribers are issued a username and password when placing an order.

Existing SRGS subscribers can find an 8-digit username on the mailing label of each issue or on your annual renewal notice. The default password is your last name. If you have created a custom login, please use it to access the CME test. If you need your login, please contact 800-631-0033, or email

How do ACS members login?

For ACS members, the username and password to access the CME site (and SRGS if you are an online subscriber) are identical to your ACS username and password.

Will I receive an e-mail confirmation that my answers and score were received?

No, e-mail confirmation is not provided. However, on successful completion of both tests and the four-question evaluation, credit is immediately applied to an online transcript. All SRGS CME users have access to this online transcript. Check this transcript to ensure the test has been recorded. Contact Customer Service at with any discrepancies.

I am a member of ACS. How are my CME credits tracked and recorded?

Your SRGS CME credit is recorded on the ACS MyCME page.

Why aren’t all my SRGS credits listed on the online transcript?

If you are an ACS member, there are two scenarios that might be in play. You might have a duplicate record in our system and CME would then appear in two places: a member record and an SRGS record. Please contact Customer Service at to confirm this occurrence and merge your record.

Secondly, only SRGS CME credits earned since May 1, 2008 (Vol. 34, No. 7), are represented on the transcript page. Earlier credits can be added on request by contacting Customer Service at

I am NOT a member of ACS. How are my CME credits tracked and recorded?

As soon as you complete a test, SRGS CME credit is automatically entered into an online transcript accessible from the test index page. By logging in to the CME test site with your ACS-SRGS username and password, you can access your online transcript. The page allows you to track your CME credit and download certificates.