some Central American countries. Members of I2C2
are also working with the World Health Organization
to establish a minimum trauma data set for use in low-income countries.
COT leadership continues to work with Margaret
“Peggy” Knudson, MD, FACS, ACS Medical Director, Military Health System Strategic Partnership ACS
(MHSSPACS), to ensure alignment between the COT’s
military collaborations and the MHSSPACS projects
as several areas are of mutual interest.
State COT chairs are being surveyed to determine advocacy areas of need at both the state and
federal levels. Efforts are under way to develop
briefing reports and updates that surgeons could
use when they meet with their state legislators in
their state offices. The Advocacy Committee also
is interested in establishing collaborative relationships with other specialty societies.
The ACS has 78,623 members: 64,890 Fellows ( 58,000
U.S., 1,364 Canadian, and 5,526 International); 2,327
Associate Fellows; 9,473 Residents; 1,664 Medical Students; and 269 Affiliate Members. Women comprise
13 percent of the membership.
This year, 1,679 surgeons were initiated into the
ACS: 1,228 U.S., 34 Canadian, and 417 International.
These Initiates included 354 women and 1,325 men.
Class size continues to rise and is at its highest point
To foster recruitment and retention of ACS members, Member Services led or coordinated the following
•A Young Surgeons Marketing Campaign, Realize the
Potential of Your Profession, which launched in January
with the 100 Reasons to Join video
•A specialty-by-specialty recruitment campaign, which
included Top 10 Benefits of Membership flyers for each
specialty, specialty-specific Web pages, and targeted
•A new Bulletin column, “Your ACS Benefits”
•A survey of nonmember board-certified surgeons that
will be analyzed to enhance member recruitment
•Continuation of the Show Your Pride campaign
•Availability of a downloadable Fellowship Pledge
The ACS has begun contacting members in an
effort to reduce terminations of membership secondary
to nonpayment of dues. Furthermore, targeted out-
reach is occurring with all member classes to ensure
member retention during the critical transitions from
Medical Student to Resident, Resident to Associate
Fellow, and Associate Fellow to Fellow.
The ACS chapters continue to grow. This past year,
international chapters were established in Jordan and
Nigeria. A needs assessment is in progress to help revitalize the domestic chapters. Once chapter needs are
determined, the ACS will work with each chapter to
develop a customized strategic plan. In addition, an
association management services pilot program has
been launched to determine its usefulness to chapters.
Planning and development of a Chapter Leader Training Program is scheduled to launch in 2016.
A new Medical Director, Girma Tefera, MD, FACS,
and Program Administrator have been hired to run
and revitalize Operation Giving Back (OGB). Primary
initiatives under way include redesign of the OGB website and creation of an OGB Advisory Committee. Dr.
Tefera also is reevaluating and reestablishing existing
OGB partnerships and exploring new opportunities in
developing countries, nongovernment organizations
that are involved in global outreach, and the World
A survey is being conducted to assess member
involvement and needs relative to volunteerism
activities and to develop disaster management, international or domestic volunteerism opportunities, and
advocacy rosters. New program areas, such as development of domestic volunteer opportunities, creation
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