Indian among 1,189 initiated into American College of Surgeons

Dec 17 2008, 15:37 IST
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SummaryDr. Anil Khetarpal was among 1,189 Initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Anil Khetarpal was among 1,189 Initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during convocation ceremonies at the College’s 94th annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco last month.

Dr. Anil Khetarpal received a medical doctorate degree in 1983 from (YEAR) RNT Medical College, Udaipur, Rajasthan and is currently practicing at Khetarpal Hospital located in New Delhi,India. Dr. Anil Khetarpal has a strong professional interest in Laparoscopic Surgeries and holds membership in other professional societies, including ISS-SIC, SAGES, AUGS, IAUA, SLS, EAES, AMASI, IAGES, OSSI, SELSI, APHS, IFSO, HIS, ASI, DGES, ISCS, EUS, ICS.

By meeting the College’s stringent membership requirements, Fellows of the College have earned the distinguished right to use the designation of “FACS” (Fellow, American Collage of Surgeons) after their names, An applicant for Fellowship must fulfill the following requirements: possess the ability to speak and/or write in English; be a graduate of an approved medical school; possess documentation of the completion of minimum of five years of formal postdoctoral surgical education; possess a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the country and state or province in which he or she practices; have five years of uninterrupted surgical practice in the location; have a current hospital appointment; have a current surgical practice; and display ethical fitness and professional proficiency as established by references and documentation. Moreover, the surgeon’s acceptance as Fellow of the College must be approved by three-fourths of its Board of Regents.

The Convocation ceremony was a highlight of the five-day meeting, which also featured reports on research-in-progress, postgraduate course, panel discussions, symposia, and scientific and industrial exhibits. Total estimated attendance at the Congress was 14,426, including approximately 8,940 physicians. Allied health professionals and members of the scientific and consumer media also attended the meeting.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of the surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The college is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievement have established it as important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 74,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

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