Cancer Care Northwest Surgical Oncologist, Dr. Jessemae Welsh, was among 1,993 Initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) during the Convocation ceremony at the College’s Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco, California, last month. This year’s class of Initiates was among one of the largest ever admitted into the College.
Dr. Welsh received a medical doctorate in 2009 from Eastern Virginia Medical School and is currently practicing at Cancer Care Northwest. In 2016, Dr. Welsh attained board certification from the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Welsh has a strong professional interest in breast cancer and holds membership in other professional societies, including the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology.
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 College of Surgeons) after their names. An applicant for Fellowship must be a graduate of an approved medical school; must have completed advanced training in one of the 14 surgical specialties recognized by the College; must possess certification by an American surgical specialty board; and must have been in practice for at least one year at the time of his or her application. Before admission into Fellowship, the surgeon must further demonstrate ethical fitness and professional proficiency, and his or her acceptance as a Fellow of the College must be approved by three-fourths of its Board of Regents.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit: www.facs.org .