ACOS Resources for Students




Osteopathic medical students are encouraged to get involved with the activities of the ACOS Medical Student Section (ACOS-MSS), through membership, scholarly activities, advocacy, leadership development, professional development and networking opportunities. Realize your potential as a member of the ACOS-MSS.

Resources for Osteopathic Medical Students

JOIN ACOS-MSS– The ACOS is the primary advocate and home to more than 3,200 surgeons and physicians in training and more than 2400 students in colleges of osteopathic medicine throughout the United States.  MSS is the official student section of the ACOS.  Our organization welcomes you. 

Member physicians of the ACOS primarily train and practice in the specialties of Cardiothoracic/Vascular, General, Neurological, Plastic and Reconstructive, and Urological Surgery, with over 100 surgical residency training programs under our purview.

  • ACOS Online Community– The ACOS online community is filled with resources.  Students can apply for membership, register for conferences, apply for scholarships and participate in discussion forums with students from over 30 colleges of osteopathic medicine.
  • Scholarships –Outstanding students can apply for a variety of scholarships in the areas of education and travel ($250) and community service ($250).
  • Mentorship Program– The “Mentor Match” program is a mentoring resource for students to receive guidance from a mentor throughout the year.  Students who participate in the “ACOS-MSS Speed Mentoring” event, held during the Fall ACOS-MSS convention, connect with ACOS surgical program directors and directors of medical education through a quick and fun speed mentoring session.  Through these mentoring programs, students are able to expand their network and learn from the very best in our osteopathic surgical community.
  • Professional Development – ACOS-MSS holds two conferences each year, a Spring and Fall Conference.  The Spring conference is generally held at a college of osteopathic medicine and the Fall conference is held in conjunction with the ACOS’s Fall convention (ACA). Attendees of ACOS-MSS’s Fall conference can also attend ACOS educational programs in the specialties of cardiothoracic and general vascular, general, neurological, plastic and reconstructive, proctological, and urological surgery.
  • Scientific Poster Presentations – Students are invited to present outstanding scientific research as a poster during the ACOS Fall conference (ACA) and receive awards of up to $500!
  • Advocacy - Students are encouraged to get involved in ACOS advocacy efforts.  Students have access to legislative and regulatory updates that outline the College’s positions and advocacy activities we are engaged in. We encourage you to join the movement.
  • General Surgery In-depth Review Seminar Scholarships  - Students are eligible for a scholarship to attend the General Surgery In-Depth Review Seminar.


ACOS-MSS Scholarships

Poster Scholarship $250

  • Awarded to up to two ACOS-MSS members who:
  • Exemplify outstanding local/national activities
  • Provide a mission statement signifying the desire to become a surgeon
  • Provide a statement describing to plan to promote ACOS-MSS and Osteopathy in the future
  • Demonstrate active national participating OR presents a poster on scientific research conducted while in medical school, preferably surgical related to the 2021 ACOS-MSS conference (virtual or in person).

Community Service Scholarship $250

  • Awarded to up to two ACOS-MSS members who:
  • Exemplify outstanding local/national activities, preferably related to surgery
  • Demonstrate a commitment towards providing medical care to underserved
  • Provide a statement detailing how they will use the scholarship towards their future efforts.

Chapter Scholarship $400

Awarded to an ACOS-MSS chapter that:

  • Provides a one-page description of how the scholarship will be used
  • Demonstrates commitment to their local community through service or other outreach activities
  • Has demonstrated timeliness in submitting paperwork and other communications throughout the year
  • Is represented at the current ACOS-MSS conference (virtual or in person).

TO APPLY: Send application to Zach Brennan at [email protected] regarding what scholarship you are applying to and how you meet the above criteria. Recipients will be awarded at the 2022 ACOS-MSS Spring Convention in Fort Worth, TX and must be present to receive award (virtual or in-person) National ACOS-MSS reserves the right to modify award amounts commensurate with the available funds and award scholarships based on number of applicants received.

Special Interest Sections

Join one of our special interest sections designed for members to meet, network and discuss issues of common interest:

  • Women Surgeons Section – a forum and reception held during the ACOS Fall conference (ACA) for women surgeons to meet, socialize and discuss topics of interest.
  • Military Members Section – a meeting held during the ACOS Fall conference (ACA) to discuss issues and provide guidance to members in uniform.
  • Rural Surgeons Section – a meeting held during the ACOS Fall conference (ACA) for physicians, who practice in rural settings, to network and share ideas on how to successfully manage their surgical practices.