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 an accredited or approved residency program.

For Consideration 

Candidate applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from the director of their training program stating that the applicant is actively enrolled in an accredited or approved residency program in general surgery, surgical oncology, research fellowship, or colon and rectal surgery. This letter must include both beginning and end dates of residency.

After completing the online application and submitting the dues payment of $25, please email the letter of recommendation to the ASCRS Membership Department at [email protected]. This letter must be submitted for the ASCRS to process your Member Application.

For additional questions regarding membership you may call (847) 607-6410 or email [email protected].

Why Join ASCRS as a General Surgery Resident? 

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is a professional medical society that represents over 4,000 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. ASCRS Candidate Members are invited to apply for membership on an ASCRS committee.
Both resident and non-resident members are encouraged to attend the ASCRS annual scientific meeting and submit their research for presentation at the meeting. A Residents’ Reception is held at the ASCRS and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) annual meetings 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.

Benefits of Being an ASCRS Member

ASCRS members are dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and practice of the treatment of patients with diseases and disorders affecting the colon, rectum, and anus. ASCRS is committed to helping its members achieve this goal through a robust and expanding set of benefits.