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The Virginia Chapter is member supported. 

Whether you are a medical student planning a career in Surgery, a surgical resident in training, a fellow in a surgical subspecialty, an academic surgeon or a community-based surgeon; or a young physician or a seasoned practitioner we need YOU! 

about local chapters

The chapters of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) provide members with an opportunity to improve the quality of surgical care through engagement at the local level. With over 100 chapters around the world, there are several ways that ACS members can get involved.

Local chapters work in conjunction with the College to provide outstanding networking and educational opportunities, along with professional development resources through chapter meetings, conferences, and community outreach. ACS chapters share and support the mission of the College to be “dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.”

ACS chapters also offer a forum for all of our members—from every surgical specialty—to communicate. Through the ACS chapters, members can become actively engaged in legislative advocacy efforts that directly affect the socioeconomic aspects of health care. Chapter membership is open to all members of the College.


ACS leadership

Get involved

Whether you are a resident in training, a surgeon just starting your career, a surgeon who has been practicing for many years, or a medical student who has taken an interest in surgery, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has many diverse opportunities for member engagement and leadership development.

We have incorporated stories in the form of videos and quotes from current and past volunteers who have held these positions so you can hear real-life depictions of what the positions are like and the benefits and rewards of each. The College is looking forward to helping you reach and succeed in your professional leadership goals.

Learn more about the path to Leadership.


Did you know?

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, often listed as "FACS", is a post-nominal title used to indicate that the surgeon's education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by said College. In order to apply for membership, a surgeon typically must be certified by a board member of the American Board of Medical Specialties


ACS and the Seal

 The official description of the Seal follows:

"Aesculapius, the symbol of European learning, and an American Indian Medicine Man are seated beneath a Tree of Knowledge, making offering of their symbols of healing in common service to mankind.   

Medicine men were important figures in most primitive societies. They often organized into secret societies within their tribes and specialized in things like weather, snakebite, injuries, or sickness. They enjoyed high social position, attained by apprenticeships, rituals, and training, somewhat like Board examinations. The healers could amass wealth, and the outcome did not always have to be successful, provided the techniques were above reproach. 

The similarity of all this to medicine and surgery of today is indeed remarkable, and makes this element of the Seal quite appropriate.

Original source:

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons | Volume 68, Issue 10