How to Join ASCRS as a Candidate or General Surgery Resident

Candidate Qualifications

To be eligible to become a Candidate Member of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
  1. Candidate must be actively enrolled in an accredited or approved residency program in general surgery, surgical oncology, or colon and rectal surgery.
  2. Or the applicant may be enrolled as a Research Fellow in one of these accredited or approved residency programs.

For Consideration 

The following items must be submitted for the ASCRS to process your Member Application. Once you complete the online application, and submit the dues payment of $25, please email a copy of the following required documentation to the ASCRS Membership Department at [email protected] For additional questions regarding membership you may call (847) 607-6410.
Submit a copy of the following: Letter of recommendation from the director of your training program stating that you are actively enrolled in an accredited or approved residency program in general surgery, surgical oncology, or colon and rectal surgery. This letter must include both beginning and end dates of residency.

Why Join ASCRS as a General Surgery Resident? 

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is a professional medical society that represents 3,900 physicians and other health care providers interested in the specialty of colon and rectal surgery. ASCRS welcomes membership from general surgery residents with an interest in colorectal surgery. 
Joining ASCRS means joining a community of trainees and surgeons at all levels of their career. There are educational resources, mentorship opportunities, and professional development experiences that come along with being a member. General Surgery residents are invited to apply for membership on an ASCRS committee. (link to committee page). 
Both resident and non-resident members are encouraged to attend the ASCRS annual scientific meeting and submit their research for presentation at the meeting. There is an annual Residents’ Reception at the ASCRS meeting and at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) annual meeting for general surgery residents to meet program directors in colon and rectal surgery from around the country. 
General Surgery Residents are also eligible for the General Surgery Resident Research Initiation Grant.

ASCRS Members have access to educational content including: 
  • Annual Scientific Meeting
    • Hands-on workshops on latest surgical techniques
    • More than 400 oral and ePoster abstracts
    • Annual Scientific Meeting Recorded Sessions (A.S.C.R.S. 2020) including virtual exhibit hall, complimentary to ASCRS members!
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Colon and Rectal Education System Template (CREST)
    • More than 60 educational modules including:
      • DC&R articles
      • Videos
      • Images
      • Narrated slide presentations
      • Core subjects 
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery Educational Program (CARSEP)
  • Diseases of the Colon and Rectum (DC&R) journal related:
    • Podcasts
    • Videos
    • Journal club
  • International education scholarships
  • Online Resource library
  • Webinars