What will ACOS membership do for you?
Training to be an osteopathic surgeon takes time, intelligence, and untiring commitment; the practice of surgery demands these same qualities. Membership in the ACOS will enable you to build on what you have worked so hard to achieve. The College's member services are designed to help you meet the challenges that arise in the day-to-day delivery of quality patient care.
Having chosen to locate its headquarters in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, the ACOS can readily monitor federal regulatory and legislative proposals involving the practice of surgery and work to protect the ability of the osteopathic surgical profession to provide quality care.
As a member of the College, you will receive monthly briefings through the ACOS News and periodic email alerts on federal legislative and regulatory activity that will affect how you practice surgery. In addition, the ACOS works in conjunction with other national specialty societies and coalitions to ensure that the viewpoints of osteopathic surgeons are heard by Congress and federal agencies.
Continuing Surgical Education
The ACOS offers continuing surgical education programs to provide members with opportunities to learn about the latest surgical techniques and to discuss them with colleagues. Members receive significant discounts on registration fees for ACOS-sponsored educational programs. The College is an AOA-accredited CME provider and offers the following continuing surgical education programs:
Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons
Held each fall, this four-day program attracts nearly 1,000 surgeons from across the United States. The Annual Clinical Assembly offers osteopathic surgeons a unique opportunity to gain new insights and to sharpen their professional skills and techniques.
General Surgery In-depth Review Seminar
This comprehensive two-day program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to address the needs of today's general surgeon.
ACOS Urological Discipline Mid-year Meeting
Held each summer, this program includes a discipline business meeting and a continuing education program. The educational program includes discussions on practice patterns and formal lectures by surgeons with clinical expertise in current advances in urological surgery.
Programs are held online in the ACOS Member Community to provide opportunities to earn CME remotely. Topics include surgical education, board review education, legislative presentations, practice management, and more, all at no cost for ACOS members!
Office Management Seminars
Designed specifically for practicing surgeons, these ACOS-sponsored seminars are conducted at the Annual Clinical Assembly. These sessions provide members with the latest information on managed care and innovative contract and negotiation strategies, mergers with multi-physician groups and integrated networks, computerized office management systems, policies and procedures for third-party reimbursement, and marketing tools for building a surgical practice. Seminars on risk management and HIV prevention also are offered.
Surgical Educators Seminars
A seminar is offered each year at the Annual Clinical Assembly to help physicians participating in surgical education become more effective teachers in the ward, the clinic, the operating room, and the conference room. Developed by the ACOS Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee, this seminar provides timely information on surgical training standards, residency program inspector evaluation skills, and adult learning techniques.
ACOS offers its members formal and informal opportunities to develop valuable professional relationships with their colleagues. Your peers can be an important source of information about trends that are impacting the osteopathic surgical profession.
Mentor Match Program
A mentoring resource for students, residents, and new surgeons-in-practice to receive guidance from a mentor throughout the year.
Resident Training Review
As a member benefit, resident members in ACOS AOA-approved surgical training programs receive reviews by the Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee of their completed annual resident reports. (Nonresident members are required to pay an annual $250 processing fee for each annual resident report to be reviewed.)
The designation of Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (FACOS) is conferred upon ACOS members, honorary members, and life and retired members in recognition of their voluntary activities and service to advance osteopathic medicine and surgery.
The recipients of the FACOS designation have demonstrated their commitment to the practice of surgery, surgical teaching, authorship of professional papers, and participation in local, state, and national organizations. Recipients also have adhered to the professional and ethical standards established by the profession.
The Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award is presented annually to an ACOS member in recognition of his or her outstanding accomplishments as a surgeon, educator, and/or researcher. Nominees must be board certified by the American Osteopathic Association or the American Board of Medical Specialties. Nominations are reviewed by the Awards Committee and recommended to the Board of Governors for final selection.
The Humanitarian Award recognizes ACOS members who unselfishly participate in humanitarian activities. These activities may include voluntary service in the member's community or state or on the national or international level. A nominee for this award must be an ACOS Fellow and must be nominated by at least two ACOS members. Nominations are reviewed by the Awards Committee and recommended to the Board of Governors for final selection.
The Orel F. Martin Medal is awarded to an ACOS member who has made outstanding contributions to the College or to the osteopathic profession. Nominations are reviewed by the Awards Committee and recommended to the Board of Governors for final selection.
Resident Achievement Awards are presented annually to up to five outstanding resident members in recognition of their clinical ability, patient/resident manner, resident/staff relationships, and resident/community involvement. These awards may be presented to residents in the general, general vascular, neurological, orthopedic, plastic and reconstructive, cardiothoracic, and urological surgical specialties. Each award includes a plaque and a cash award of $2,000.
Robert C. Erwin Literary Awards are presented annually to ACOS resident members who have authored outstanding scientific manuscripts. Each award includes a plaque and a cash award for first, second, third, fourth or fifth place.
ACOS Member and Fellow Logos
To respond to requests from members and Fellows (FACOS) for an ACOS symbol to indicate their member or Fellow status, the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons has developed a special symbol for members and a special symbol for Fellows to use on their practice stationary, brochures related to their practice, practice forms, business cards, websites, advertising, personalized labels or stickers, plaques, office buildings, office furniture, and gifts for patients. These symbols are different from the College logo because the ACOS logo is a registered trademark that can be used only by the College.
The Career Center, an on-line job board designed to connect members and employers with employment opportunities through the use of the latest in job search features and tools such as an intuitive and customized interface, a quick and easy process to set-up and manage accounts/resumes; and the capability to post and search for resumes and/or jobs.
This informative brochure, Osteopathic Surgery: The D.O. Advantage, explains the training undertaken by D.O. surgeons and what it means to be board certified. Written to answer the most frequently asked questions about osteopathic surgeons, this easy-to-read brochure is available to purchase for distribution to your patients.
ACOS Coding Service
ACOS CodingToday is an ACOS sponsored coding and reimbursement database, designed to be a complete coding and billing tool for ACOS members. The database contains the following resources: all Current Procedural Terminology codes with full descriptors; all ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes; the complete National Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits used by Medicare; and Medicare coding rules, including the fee schedule for each state and location, payment status of the code, modifier rules, and carrier-specific Medicare payment rules. In addition, the program offers researched advice on correct coding by code, when indicated. Using ACOS CodingToday to determine proper coding and billing rules will assist physicians in accurate and fraud-free reporting of their services for reimbursement.
Assistance with Denial of Medical Staff Privileges Based on Osteopathic Training
A summary of the options available to D.O.s who are denied clinical privileges based on their osteopathic education and postgraduate training has been developed by the ACOS's legal counsel. The summary focuses on litigation options and outlines the basic standards that prospective plaintiffs must satisfy if they are to state a cause of legal action for denial of medical staff privileges.
In addition, the ACOS legal counsel has reviewed existing state laws enacted to protect D.O.s against discrimination, and the College has drafted a model nondiscrimination statute to create a private remedy for D.O.s who have been injured by unlawful discrimination based on their osteopathic training. The College believes the model statute can serve as a useful tool for legislative initiatives by state and local osteopathic organizations.
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