Join ACG

Membership in the American College of Gastroenterology is multidisciplinary, including gastroenterologists, surgeons, radiologists, hepatologists, pediatricians, pathologists, nurses and others with a shared interest in the care of patients with digestive diseases. The College promotes the highest standards in medical education and is guided by its commitment to meeting the needs of clinical gastroenterology practitioners. More than 12,000 physicians from 86 countries are members of the ACG.

Benefits

ACG Members and Fellows enjoy a wide variety of benefits and services, including:

  • Waived Annual Scientific Meeting registration fees
  • Waived subscription fees to the ACG’s American Journal of Gastroenterology
  • 10 hours of free online CME through ACG’s Education Universe
  • Discounts on educational materials, such as self-assessment tests, syllabus materials and CD-ROMs
  • Regional educational meetings at readily accessible locations throughout the United States
  • Practice Management Course focusing on proven techniques for starting and effectively managing a GI practice
  • Twice weekly e-newsletter, ACG SmartBrief, that recaps important GI news from medical and mainstream media news sources
  • Bi-monthly newsletter, ACG Update, which covers GI Coding Q&A, important topics in practice management, and highlights additional ACG activities
  • ACG This Week electronic newsletter, with updates on public policy issues facing the GI practice and what it really means for you
  • Representation of GIs at the national level before Congress, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Food and Drug Administration and other agencies. Representatives of the College present testimony and submit written comments on public policy issues affecting the practice of clinical gastroenterology.
  • Resident/Trainee members may attend the ACG Postgraduate Course in addition to the Annual Scientific Meeting free of charge.

Categories and Qualifications

Allied Health Professional Member:

  • Must be working with an ACG Physician Member.
  • Must possess one of the following certifications: RN, APRN, CGRN, LPN or be involved in GI clinical care (practice manager or genetic counselor).
  • Application fee of $150 (includes one year’s dues and a subscription to The American Journal of Gastroenterology)
  • Annual Membership dues of $150

NP/PA Member:

  • Must be working with an ACG Physician Member.
  • Must possess one of the following certifications: NP or PA.
  • Application fee of $150 (includes one year’s dues and a subscription to The American Journal of Gastroenterology)
  • Annual Membership dues of $150

Resident/Trainee Member:

  • Graduation from a recognized medical school with the degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Residents shall be enrolled in approved training programs which include some exposure to gastroenterology, GI endoscopy, hepatology or gastrointestinal surgery
  • Fellows shall be enrolled in an approved gastroenterology fellowship program
  • Application fee of $25 (includes one year’s dues and a subscription to The American Journal of Gastroenterology)
  • Annual Membership dues of $25

Learn more about ACG membership benefits geared specifically toward Trainee Members (PDF)

Member:

  • Graduation from a recognized medical school with the degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Applicants who are not physicians must possess a graduate degree in a field of specialization related to basic sciences
  • Graduate degree shall have been received at least four years prior to application
  • Application supported by a Member or Fellow of the College
  • Applicants shall demonstrate a major interest in the field of gastroenterology and document such interest.
  • Applicants shall endeavor to exhibit outstanding humanistic qualities in their professional pursuits.
  • Application fee of $195 (includes one year’s dues and subscription to The American Journal of Gastroenterology)
  • Annual Membership dues of $325

International Member:

  • Qualified individuals (M.D., D.O., M.B., Ph.D.) residing outside of the United States and Canada, who meet the qualifications set forth above in the Member category
  • Application fee of $195 (includes one year’s dues and subscription to The American Journal of Gastroenterology)
  • Annual Membership dues of $200

Fellow:

  • Proposal and endorsement by two Fellows of the College
  • Current uninterrupted membership or international member in the College for a period of no less than three years
  • Minimum of 3 CME programs sponsored by the ACG within the last six years
  • Evidence of involvement in ACG activities such as Committees, Courses, Annual Meeting attendance, etc.
  • Certified by a specialty board recognized by the Council on Graduate Medical Education
  • Demonstrated scholarly activities
  • Application fee of $50
  • Annual Membership dues of $325

Master:

  • This is a rare honor conferred upon physicians by the Awards Committee and the Board of Trustees who have demonstrated distinguished service to the College and to the field of clinical GI patient care and education

Senior Member or Fellow:

  • Members or Fellows who have attained the age of 65 years or have retired from active practice
  • Senior Members and Fellows are not eligible to vote or to hold elective office

Printed Applications

The ACG Credentials Committee reviews Membership/International Membership Applications and Advancement to Fellowship Applications 4 times a year. Below is the schedule for 2014 – 2015. Your application and all supporting materials including letters and CV, must be received at the ACG office no later than the specified deadline date. You will be notified in writing regarding the status of your application approximately 6 weeks after the deadline date. If you have any questions, please call 301-263-9000.

January Committee Meeting: Deadline December 26, 2014
April Committee Meeting: Deadline March 15, 2015
June Committee Meeting: Deadline May 22, 2015
October Committee Meeting: Deadline September 11, 2015

Resident/Trainee, Allied Health Professional and NP/PA Applications are reviewed every 4 weeks and can be submitted at any time.

You will need Adobe®Acrobat Reader to view and print the applications. You may also call the ACG office at 301-263-9000 to have an application mailed or faxed to you.

Allied Health Professional Member Application
NP/PA Member Application
Resident/Trainee Application
Member or International Member Application
Advancement to Fellowship Application

Online Applications

To apply for any of the above membership categories online, click here.

Membership Brochure

For more information on the benefits of joining the American College of Gastroenterology, download the Membership Brochure (PDF) here.