The ACS has a legacy of excellence, and adding more young
surgeons to our ranks and giving them access to a network of
leaders and the array of resources for which the College is known
will undoubtedly foster a future of excellence in surgical care.
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• Fellows can connect with other surgeons and colleagues
in ways that best suit their needs. The College’s robust
membership of more than 80,000 allows surgeons of
all specialties and practice models and locations to interact and to benefit from their shared knowledge
and experience. Participation in the ACS provides
opportunities to develop professional, collegial relationships with other surgeons who can be contacted
for reliable advice, referrals, job leads, and so on.
• Surgeons can get involved in a way that is customized to their interests and goals. The College offers
national and regional meetings on a range of issues.
Surgeons also are encouraged to play an active role in
ACS committees centered on their unique interests—
from clinical research to health policy initiatives to
education and training. And with increased teleconferencing capabilities, surgeons rarely need to travel
to participate in committee meetings.
• The ACS provides surgeons with opportunities to influence health policy. The ACS is working with health
policymakers to address the provision of care in mass-casualty events, Medicare payment reform, liability
reform, regulations pertaining to the adoption and
use of health information technology, state legislative
advocacy, quality reporting, and so on. Two powerful advocacy tools available to Fellows include the
ACS Professional Association political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) and SurgeonsVoice, a
Your involvement is imperative
As Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director, ACS
Division of Members Services, has stated, “This
initiative is designed to appeal to young surgeons
in new and engaging ways.” To get the campaign
started, this month we are rolling out a video, 100
Years, 100 Reasons to Join, which will be available
via social media and on the ACS website, www.facs.
org. ACS leaders will also share the video at speak-
Just as the Inspiring Quality initiative became a
cornerstone of the ACS’ efforts to advance surgical
quality throughout the country, we anticipate that
this program will help young surgeons to realize the
potential of their profession through engagement with
the College. The ACS has a legacy of excellence, and
adding more young surgeons to our ranks and giv-
ing them access to a network of leaders and the ar-
ray of resources for which the College is known will
undoubtedly foster a future of excellence in surgical
care. We look forward to sharing news and updates
on this important endeavor and ask that all Fellows
help us advance the College’s message to potential new