The objectives of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) are to:
- elevate standards of surgery;
- establish standards of competency and character;
- educate public and professionals on training in surgery.
The Chapter allows a strong link between the colleges in promoting the care of surgical patients. The Chapter in conjunction with the ACS funds an annual travelling fellowship for a young American surgeon to visit the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC), the Hugh Johnston ANZ ACS Travelling Scholarship for Younger Fellows, the John Buckingham Travelling Fellowship for trainees, as well as allowing the Chapter President to attend the Annual Clinical Congress of the ACS.
American College of Surgeons - 100 years of Setting the Quality Standard in Surgery (3 minute video)
American College of Surgeons - The Future. Through the Eyes of a Surgeon. A video encouraging ACS Fellows to become actively involved in helping the ACS take bold steps and speak with a unified voice on behalf of patients.
Latest news from the American College of Surgeons
As part of the COVID-19: Surgeons Toolkit for Discussions with Patients, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has developed additional resources to help surgeons communicate with their patients about the steps hospitals are taking to ensure a safe surgical experience. these include:
Preparing to Have Surgery during the Time of COVID-19 - ACS guidance to talk with your surgeon about returning to the health care facility;
Surgeon-Patient Discussion Worksheet - To prepare for your discussion with patients about having surgery during the time of COVID-19, use this worksheet to fill in your answers before you meet.
To help communicate this message to patients in your chapter area, ACS has adapted several of these resources into a separate toolkit for ACS chapters.
Chapter membership enquiries
Chapter membership of the ANZ Chapter is available to Fellows of the American College who reside in Australia or New Zealand. Trainees of RACS intending on gaining ACS Fellowship in the future are also encouraged to join.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please forward your details to the Secretariat.
Chapter President/Governor - Professor Julian Smith FRACS
ANZ Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Secretariat
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1259
Fax: +61 3 9276 7432