Since its foundation in 1913 as the premier surgical professional organization in the United States, and one of the most influential in the world, the American College of Surgeons has shaped the policies and molded the education of numerous generations of surgeons. All young surgeons should aspire to be invested as Fellows some day as the highest honor in their career.
Service is an important factor in the decision to become a surgeon. As a Fellow of the ACS, the young surgeon will find many opportunities for service. Active participation as a Fellow is an act of service and can be an act of love for our patients, our colleagues, and our profession. And, with it, comes loyalty, a spirit of dedication, and a sense of unity. In addition, by joining the College we contribute to influencing our society in a positive way to protect our patients and our profession.
Becoming an active participant in the College means serving on committees, attending the Clinical Congress as frequently as feasible, and encouraging colleagues to aspire to become a Fellow.
In the end, being a part of our College and contributing to its growth and legacy is an act of service and, for many, an act of love.
Dr. Oviedo is with Capital Regional Surgical Associates, Tallahassee, Fla., and is Assistant Professor of Surgery, Florida State University College of Medicine. He serves as the ACS Young Fellow Association Liaison.