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Surgery Clerkship Resource Guide: Key Info

Published Guidelines

Surgical clinical guidelines are not provided in one convenient location.  Most are specific to specialty or procedure and can be found at organizational websites. For example, view guidelines for bariatric surgery patients at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery website.  The American College of Surgeons provides an evidence base tool for members.  ACOS also provides a link out to Guideline Summaries.

Clinical practice guidelines summarize the best practice in a particular area of healthcare.  They define important questions related to clinical practice and outline decision options and their outcomes. The intent is to improve the connection between evidence and practice, raise the standard of care, and guide the decision-making process.

Historically, medical practice guidelines were based on tradition. Modern guidelines are written by medical associations or governmental organization using the most current data and best evidence.


AAS Association for Academic Surgery - organized to promote research-based academic surgery. Active members include faculty and residents/fellows.  Discounted student membership available for $15/year, which provides opportunities for committee appointments and research and travel awards. 

ACOS - American College of Surgeons - dedicated scientific and educational association for improving surgical patient care.  Medical students are eligible for free membership with a $20 application fee.  Membership provides access to educational resources, quality improvement programs, and networking.

ASE - Association for Surgical Education - focused on promoting innovation and scholarship in surgical education.  Medical student membership is available for $50/year, which provides access to ASE Resources, which include an educational clearinghouse, speakers, educational opportunities, and more. 

National Guideline Clearinghouse

The NGC offers a database of guidelines that is:

  • evidence-based
  • geared toward clinical-practice
  • maintained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • verified annually
  • updated weekly

Users can:

  • create personal accounts
  • find guidelines by topic
  • find guidelines by organization
  • compare guidelines

Surgery Tools