AAS for Fellows and Junior Faculty

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The purpose of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) is to promote and support the careers of surgical fellows and junior surgical faculty through programs targeting faculty and academic development. 

The AAS provides the following:

  • Leadership opportunities and training for junior faculty in a national surgical organization composed of their peers.
  • A forum for presentation and discussion of the most current basic science, translational, clinical, and educational research pertaining to academic surgery through the annual Academic Surgical Congress (ASC), the largest annual meeting of academic surgeons in the world.
  • The opportunity to participate fully in the activities of the Society through committee appointments, networking events, and career development activities.
  • The opportunity to compete for prestigious research awards specifically aimed at trainees and junior faculty.
  • Training, mentorship, and career development through the Annual Fall Courses
    • Research training through the annual Fundamentals of Surgical Research Course.
    • Mentorship and career guidance through the annual Career Development Course and through Grantsmanship sessions at the Academic Surgical Congress.


Candidate Membership – Surgical fellows interested in pursuing an academic career may join the AAS for $30 per year, and a subscription to the Journal of Surgical Research can be added for a discounted rate of $50 per year.

Active Membership – Individuals become eligible for Active Membership in the Association at the chief resident/fellowship level of training, or upon accepting a faculty position in surgery or one of the surgical specialties. Member dues are $300 per year and include a subscription to the Journal for Surgical Research.

"Everyone agrees that there is a need for mentorship in the stressful world of surgery. AAS gives junior faculty access to peers who have been through similar trials and tribulations. Also, AAS allows young surgeons the opportunity to be actively involved in the management of the society as soon as you join. There is no ‘apprentice’ period. I have already become involved in the leadership, just a few years out of residency!"

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