Sunday, October 22, 6:00–8:00 pm | San Diego Convention Center
The Convocation ceremony confers Fellowship upon those surgeons who have
successfully met ACS requirements to provide optimal care to the surgical patient.
The ceremony also includes recognition of the Honorary Fellows, presentation of
the Distinguished Service Award, installation of the ACS Officers, and the
The first Convocation ceremony was held on November 13, 1913, at the Congress
Hotel in Chicago, IL. The inaugural class of 1,059 surgeons hailed from the U.S. and
Canada and included six female surgeons.
All Initiates must register for Clinical Congress if they are planning to participate in the Convocation. All Initiates will be granted
Fellowship in the College during the ceremony regardless of their attendance at the event and may begin using the FACS
designation upon the conclusion of the ceremony.
Family members of Initiates are not required to register for the Clinical Congress program to attend the Convocation ceremony.
Information about Convocation can be found at facs.org/member-services/initiates.
Monday, October 23, 8:00–9:00 am | San Diego Convention Center
The Colors and Canadian and American national anthems are presented, along with
a short video highlighting the new President’s theme for the year. The President
presides and introduces the Honorary Fellows, the recipient of the Distinguished
Philanthropist Award, Past-Presidents, College Officers and Regents, Special Invited
Guests from national and international health care organizations, the Resident
Research Scholars, and the International Guest Scholars. An annual overview of
the College will be reported by ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS.
The Martin Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the American Urological Association,