Benefits of Membership in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Alaska Chapter (AK-ACS)
The top priority of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is to provide value to you—our members. Membership in the ACS affords you a wide range of benefits:
The ACS and the ACS-Alaska State Chapter are committed to the support of surgeons throughout their careers from training through practice into retirement. The Young Fellows Association (YFA) welcomes young Fellows 45 years old and younger and the Resident and Associate Society (RAS) embraces surgical residents and trainees. All ACS-AK State Chapter Fellows, YFA members and RAS members can participate in the educational programs of the national ACS and ACS-AK State Chapter. In addition, all ACS Fellows, and YFA and RAS representatives, are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to get involved in the work groups and committees of the ACS and the ACS-AK State Chapter in a broad range of areas including: trauma, cancer, quality, research, fellowships and scholarships, membership, publications, communication, networking, surgical practice, electronic health record, leadership, professionalism, ethics, error management, patient education and public health policy. Become involved by contacting the officers of the ACS-AK State Chapter, discussing your interests and identifying together the ways that you can participate in the ACS and ACS-AK State Chapter programs, work groups and committees.
Attending the ACS-AK State Chapter meeting offers ACS Fellows, YFA members and RAS members opportunities to build strong professional relationships and also provides access to College leaders and colleagues. The ACS Board of Governors serves as the official communication link between the Fellows and the ACS Board of Regents. Please reach out to your Governor and share your perspectives on what the College should be doing on your behalf. Join one of the many online ACS Communities (specifically our AK Chapter Community). This networking tool provides an environment for ACS members to connect, engage, and share information and best practices in real time, as well as seek advice, share experiences, exchange resources, and build professional relationships.
With the constant change in the world and in our surgical practice lives, the ACS-AK State Chapter provides some stability and the opportunity to lead and grow with those changes. The ACS-AK State Chapter provides an excellent place to renew friendships, participate in outstanding annual CME and engage in front line advocacy with those who are legislating many of the changes we experience. The ACS-AK State Chapter continues to provide outstanding value for your membership dues in the form of local/regional professional education. We are working to provide our members and surgical residency trainees a venue to present their scholarly work.
Meeting with friends and colleagues at our annual meeting provides a renewal of spirit and renewed dedication to our common cause in providing the highest quality of surgical care to the citizens of our state. The ACS-AK State Chapter allows us to put professionalism into practice as we self-educate, advocate on behalf of our patients, and participate in the mentorship of those who will replace us at the front lines of service in coming years.
“As the largest and most robust surgical organization in the world, we have so much to offer surgeons of all specialties, at any point in their careers. From transition to practice support for those just starting out, to ongoing training and education, to advocacy and leadership, we help surgeons advance their careers and elevate the profession in a way no other organization can.” Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Member Services