Members of the ACS are referred to as “Fellows.” The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name mean 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 the College.
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.
Some of the qualifications for a FACS are that applicants must be graduates of an ASC approved medical school; have certification in their specialty practice; have a valid medical license; have a current appointment on the surgical staff of their primary hospital; and be part of a current practice that establishes them as a specialist in surgery. Candidates must submit significant documentation and undergo rigorous review by the College.
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. The ASC currently has approximately 80,000 members, including more than 6,600 Fellows in other countries, making it the largest organization of surgeons in the world.