Join ACG

Membership in the American College of Gastroenterology is multidisciplinary, including gastroenterologists, surgeons, radiologists, hepatologists, pediatricians, pathologists, nurses, physician assistants 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. Nearly 14,500 physicians from 86 countries are members of the ACG.

Application Deadlines

The ACG Credentials Committee reviews applications for Membership, International Membership and Advancement to Fellowship quarterly. Deadlines for each quarterly review are listed below:

October 2018 Review – Applications must be submitted by September 7, 2018
January 2019 Review – Applications must be submitted by December 3, 2018
April 2019 Review – Applications must be submitted by March 18, 2019
June 2019 Review – Applications must be submitted by May 20, 2019

Associate, Advanced Practice Provider and Resident/Trainee applications are reviewed every two weeks.

Benefits

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

  • Free Registration to ACG’s Annual Scientific Meeting – the only NATIONAL GI MEETING FREE TO MEMBERS!
  • Free Subscription to the American Journal of Gastroenterology
  • 10 hours of free online CME through ACG’s Education Universe
  • Unique benefits in the areas of retirement, planning, investments, and insurance, which have been designed and negotiated specifically for ACG members
  • Discounted registration to ACG’s Annual Postgraduate Course (Resident/Trainee members attend for free) and other regional educational meetings at readily accessible locations throughout the United States
  • Discounted registration at Annual Practice Management Course focusing on proven techniques for starting and effectively managing a GI practice
  • Discounts on educational materials, such as the ACG Self-Assessment Test
  • The ACG Mobile App, an exclusive member benefit that provides access to ACG Guidelines, anatomical diagrams, medical calculators and much more, all from your mobile device
  • Access to the ACG GI Circle, Hepatology Circle, IBD Circle, Functional GI Health and Nutrition Circle and Women in GI Circle, our secure interactive online communities
  • ACG Magazine, a quarterly publication dedicated to “Members, Medicine, and Meaning” that highlights issues of relevance to ACG members and the GI profession
  • Twice weekly e-newsletter, ACG SmartBrief, that recaps important GI news from medical and mainstream media news sources
  • 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.

All ACG memberships run from January 1 to December 31 each year, regardless of the time of year that you join.

Categories and Qualifications

Associate Member:

  • Must be an accredited nursing professional (i.e. RN, APRN, CGRN, LPN, LVN, etc.) in good standing; or otherwise involved in GI clinical care (i.e. genetic counselor, nutritionist, dietitian, behavior therapist or others involved in clinical care); or involved in practice administration (i.e. practice manager, executive, billing specialist, etc.).
  • Application fee of $95 (includes one year’s dues and a subscription to The American Journal of Gastroenterology)
  • Annual Membership dues of $150
  • Apply Here

Advanced Practice Provider Member:

  • Must be an accredited NP or PA in good standing.
  • Application fee of $95 (includes one year’s dues and a subscription to The American Journal of Gastroenterology)
  • Annual Membership dues of $150
  • Apply Here

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
  • Trainees 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
  • Apply Here

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 or clinical sciences (i.e. PhD, PharmD, PsyD, etc.)
  • 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
  • Apply Here

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

ACG has two categories of International Membership based on the World Bank Country Classification by Income Level:
Category 1

  • Individuals from countries classified by the World Bank as Upper Middle to High Income (click here for a full list)
  • Application fee of $150 (includes one year’s dues and subscription to The American Journal of Gastroenterology)
  • Annual Membership dues of $250
  • Apply Here

Category 2

  • Individuals from countries classified by the World Bank as Lower to Lower Middle Income (click here for a full list)
  • Application fee of $50 (includes one year’s dues and subscription to The American Journal of Gastroenterology)
  • Annual Membership dues of $95
  • Apply Here

Fellow:

  • Fellowship is an honor bestowed by the American College of Gastroenterology in recognition of significant professional achievement and superior competence within the field of gastroenterology, pediatric gastroenterology, gastrointestinal surgery, gastrointestinal radiology, or gastrointestinal pathology.
  • Letters of recommendation by two Fellows of the College
  • Current uninterrupted membership or international membership in the College for a period of no less than five years (post Resident/Trainee Membership). During this time demonstration of scholarly activities, which include continuing education experience, professional leadership, and excellence in the fields of clinical practice and/or academic medicine.
  • Minimum of 3 distinct* CME programs sponsored by the ACG within the last six years (*Attendance at multiple courses in the same meeting, e.g. Postgraduate Course and Annual Meeting, or Regional Course plus Hepatology School, counts as one program)
  • Evidence of ongoing involvement in ACG activities such as Committees, Courses, Annual Meeting attendance, etc.
  • Documentation of initial certification by one or more of the following specialty boards recognized by the Council on Graduate Medical Education of the American Medical Association: American Board of Internal Medicine, (subspecialty Boards in Gastroenterology), or its equivalent, e.g. American Board of Pediatrics (subspecialty Board in Gastroenterology), American Board of Surgery, American Board of Radiology, American Board of Pathology, the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine or the Canadian equivalent qualifications, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • Application fee of $50
  • Annual Membership dues of $325
  • Apply Here

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
  • Optional American Journal of Gastroenterology Annual Subscription fee = $39