Commitment to Professional and Ethical Standards
The American College of Surgeons admits to its Fellowship only those surgeons whose professional activity is devoted to surgical practice and who agree without compromise to practice by the professional and ethical standards of the College.
The standards of practice established and demanded by the American College of Surgeons are contained in the Fellowship Pledge, Statements on Principles, and the Code of Conduct. All Fellows of the College and applicants for Fellowship are expected to adhere to these standards.
Surgeons voluntarily submit applications for Fellowship. In so doing, they are inviting an evaluation of their practice by their peers.
In evaluating the eligibility of applicants for Fellowship, the College investigates each applicant’s surgical practice. Applicants for Fellowship are required to provide to the appointed committees of the College all information deemed necessary for the review and evaluation of their surgical practice.
Attainment of board certification in the appropriate surgical specialty does not, in and of itself, entitle a surgeon to Fellowship.
Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons Qualifications
- Graduation from a medical school acceptable to the American College of Surgeons
- Certification which is appropriate to the applicant’s specialty practice by an American Surgical Specialty Board which is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, or an American Osteopathic Surgical Specialty Board, or an appropriate specialty certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
- A full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the respective state or province with no reportable action pending which could adversely affect the status of that licensure.
- One year of surgical practice after the completion of all formal training is required.
- A current appointment on the surgical staff of the applicant’s primary hospital with no reportable action pending that could adversely affect staff privileges at that or any other health care facility.
- A current surgical practice that establishes the applicant as a specialist in surgery.
- A physician who have primary independent responsibility for the surgical treatment of patients.
- Ethical fitness as well as professional proficiency. This determination is based upon information obtained from Fellows who were consulted as references and from other sources.
- Interest in pursuing professional excellence both as an individual surgeon and a member of the surgical community. Such interest may be evidenced by membership in local, regional, and national surgical societies; participation in teaching programs and on hospital committees; continuing medical education through attendance at professional meetings, courses, and lbiseminars.
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