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American College of Surgeons (ACS)


The following was obtained from the ACS web site and other sources.


To be awarded fellowship  in the American College of Surgeons (FACS) surgeons are required to have the following qualifications:


  • Graduation from a medical school acceptable to the American College of Surgeons
  • Certification which is appropriate to the applicant's specialty practice by an American Surgical Specialty Board which is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, or an American Osteopathic Surgical Specialty Board, or an appropriate specialty certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

  • A full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the respective state or province with no reportable action pending which could adversely affect the status of that licensure.

  • One year of surgical practice after the completion of all formal training is required.

  • A current appointment on the surgical staff of the applicant's primary hospital with no reportable action pending that could adversely affect staff privileges at that or any other health care facility.

  • A current surgical practice that establishes the applicant as a specialist in surgery. All applicants are expected to be physicians who have primary independent responsibility for the surgical treatment of patients.

  • Ethical fitness as well as professional proficiency.  This determination is based upon information obtained from Fellows who were consulted as references and from other sources.

  • Interest in pursuing professional excellence both as an individual surgeon and a member of the surgical community.  Such interest may be evidenced by membership in local, regional, and national surgical societies; participation in teaching programs and on hospital committees; continuing medical education through attendance at professional meetings, courses, and seminars.

  • The Member Services Liaison Committee determines whether the requirements for Fellowship are satisfied and may, at its discretion; defer any application until such requirements are met.

  • The Board of Regents makes the final decision regarding the applicant's eligibility for Fellowship.

  • The Board of Regents may, at any time, modify the requirements for Fellowship.


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