As ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, reported in his February “Looking forward” column, the College is making a heightened effort to respond
to the needs of International Fellows and the global surgery
community. International Fellows and their local chapters
are important to the continued growth of the organization
and to the College’s mission of ensuring that all surgical
patients have access to quality surgical care.
Unquestionably, issues and concerns vary from region to
region and country to country. In an effort to learn more
about these issues and concerns, the ACS B/G conducted the
first survey of International Governors in 2016.
The survey consisted of a series of demographic questions,
followed by a series of in-depth questions on the following
topics: surgical education conferences, chapter issues, ACS
benefits to International Fellows, national surgical societies, and financial barriers to participation in ACS activities.
Some of the highlights of the survey are described in this
article. The complete results of the survey can be viewed
online at facs.org/~/media/files/about acs/governors/2016_intl_
The response rate to the International Governors survey was
82 percent, with 36 of 44 ACS Governors from 33 different
countries participating in the survey. Most of the International Governors ( 72 percent) are 56 to 70 years old; more
specifically, 41 percent are 61 to 65 years old (see Figure 1,
Most International Governors practice in large cities,
with 74 percent of the respondents indicating that they
2016 ACS International
Membership benefits and challenges
for International Fellows are
revealed in first-time study
Editor’s note: The American College of Surgeons
(ACS) Board of Governors (B/G) has conducted an
annual survey of its members for more than 20
years. The purpose of the survey is to provide a
means of communicating between the Governors
and the ACS Board of Regents, Officers, and Executive Staff. This year, the B/G also conducted a
survey of the International Governors, in addition
to the traditional survey of domestic Governors.
The following article focuses on the survey of
International Governors and is the first in a series
of four articles highlighting key issues addressed
in both the domestic and international surveys.
Future articles in this series will center on issues
of concern to domestic surgeons, including acute
care surgery, firearm injury prevention, and payment reform under the Medicare Access and CHIP
(Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act (MACRA).