Benefits of Membership
Continuing Medical Education Meetings
There are many CME meetings held around the world under the auspices of ICS each year. Organized into 6 Federations (North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific), you can find an ICS meeting in almost any destination. In the United States, the largest ICS national section produces an Annual Surgical Update as well as smaller regional programs by several very active state surgical divisions. As an ACCME accredited sponsor of AMA Category 1 CME, the United States Section of ICS offers its members deeply discounted registration fees compared to those of non-members.
International Surgery is the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the ICS and serves as a forum for the exchange of surgical knowledge throughout the world. (A subscription to the electronic journal is included with your membership.) The International US Surgeon is the official newsletter of the United States Section. Published semi-annually in print form, it provides current information regarding upcoming meetings and events; it also addresses relevant issues such as socioeconomic news, changing practice patterns, office management, risk management, managed care and much more. International US Surgeon is supplemented by FICS Online and regular blast emails about current events.
International Surgical Passport
Once you are a Fellow of ICS, you will receive your International Surgical Passport. It will serve as your credentials to identify you as an ICS Fellow while traveling around the world. ICS can provide contacts all over the world who are willing to assist you during your visit to their country. This unique form of identification may allow you to observe or participate in surgical procedures performed at international hospitals and medical facilities.
Research Scholarship Competition
The ICS-US Section provides funding through an annual research scholarship competition to newly trained surgeons, residents and medical students to enable them to increase their surgical experience and keep them on the cutting edge of significant medical developments.
International Museum of Surgical Science
The ICS proudly owns and operates the International Museum of Surgical Science, adjacent to its Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. This unique museum embodies surgical history and the advances made in the art and science of surgery through the years. Open since the early 1950s, the museum is a powerful tool for educating the general public regarding the fascinating world of medicine and surgery. Visit the Museum's web site at www.imss.org
Members are encouraged to participate in ICS humanitarian projects or develop their own surgery related humanitarian missions under the auspices of ICS. One such endeavor endorsed by ICS is the Surgical Teams Project in which members travel to developing nations to share up-to-date surgical techniques and developments. Each "team" establishes a fraternal exchange with the host country, which continues long after the mission is completed.
Canopy Medical Translation App
Through a special agreement with CanopyApps (NIH Award recipient) ICS members can obtain the Canopy Medical Translation App for iPhone and Android at no cost. Click here for more information and then visit the AppStore or PlayStore on your phone to download the app. Once downloaded, you will be prompted to enter your promotional code. Log in to members only to obtain your code or contact Headquarters today.
ICS-US works with outside institutions from time to time to assist Fellows in asset protection, retirement planning, estate planning and investments. See the members only section for selected articles on a variety of financial topics.
Dues paying members of the United States Section are automatically enrolled, free of charge, in the Medical Air Services Association (MASA) program. This benefit provides emergency air ambulance transportation for Fellows and their immediate families while traveling in the US in the event of a medical emergency. For information about this outstanding service, please contact MASA at 800.423.3226 or visit http://www.masaassist.com
Help shape the future of surgery by becoming a volunteer leader. Committee posts and leadership opportunities exist for all members from the moment of acceptance.
To receive an application for Fellowship via the US Postal Service, e-mail ICS-US at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your full name and address.
Or complete the online application form by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.