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


Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), formerly the Office of Evidence-Based Surgery, promotes the highest standards of surgical care through evaluation of surgical outcomes in clinical practice. CQI provides the infrastructure for conducting health services research and clinical research, outcome studies, meta-analyses, research hypothesis generation, and the development of evidence-based practice guidelines at the College. This area also collaborates with the Divisions of Education and Advocacy and Health Policy to provide educational programs and promote public policy initiatives in clinical research and forms partnerships with outside groups and organizations involved in evaluation of surgical outcomes.

Accreditation Programs

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has a long and successful history in the development of accreditation and verification programs to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. In the College’s latest efforts, CQI has taken responsibility for the implementation and management of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) and is in the process of developing additional centers.

Clinical Trials and Health Services Research

CQI encourages surgeons to participate in clinical trials through collaboration with the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), which is now part of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Group. Additionally, CQI oversees a variety of research grants in both clinical trials and health service research.


Committee on Perioperative Care

The Committee on Perioperative Care is a standing committee of the College serving as the primary resource to the College, the profession, the community, and the government on topics concerning perioperative care.

Surgical Research Committee

The Surgical Research Committee is a standing committee of the College concerned with matters addressing the progress of academic surgery and the funding, content, and direction of surgical research as it pertains to improving the care of patients.

Educational Activities

CQI supports two courses focused on preparing and encouraging surgeons to dedicate a portion of their professional efforts towards basic, clinical, and health services research. These courses are titled: Clinical Trials Methods Course and Health Services Research Methods Course.

ACS Outcomes Databases

The Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care encompasses three areas including Trauma, Cancer, and CQI. Each area has dedicated major resources toward the measurement of outcomes with the Trauma Department housing the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB), the Cancer Department housing the National Cancer Database (NCDB), and CQI being responsible for the ACS National Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP).

Internet Resources

A variety of resources are provided to help visitors stay on top of current issues related to surgical care as well as numerous links to surgically related sites in areas like clinical trials and evidence-based medicine.

Jacobson Promising Investigator Award

The Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award is awarded annually to a surgeon engaging in research, advancing the art and science of surgery, and demonstrating early promise of significant contribution to the practice of surgery and the safety of surgical patients. The award is administered by the Surgical Research Committee.