Many patients ask me about the significance of the F.A.C.S. designation. For me, it means a firm dedication to the art and science of surgery. For me, The American College of Surgeons represents the foundation for the principles that have been taught to me by my mentors since day one of my General Surgery Internship at RUSH-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s and Cook County Hospitals. My education, as a surgeon, was passed down over generations, each of which held true to several core ideals:
Guy de Chauliac (1300-1370), The Father of Surgery, once noted: What the Surgeon Ought to Be:
The conditions necessary for the Surgeon are four:
First, they should be learned;
Second, they should be expert;
Third, they must be ingenious;
and Fourth, they should be able to adapt themself.
It is required for the First that the Surgeon should know not only the principles of surgery, but also those of medicine in theory and practice; for the Second, that they should have seen others operate; for the Third, that they should be ingenious, of good judgment and memory to recognize conditions; and for the Fourth, that they be adaptable and able to accommodate themself to circumstances. Let the Surgeon be bold in all sure things, and fearful in dangerous things; let them avoid all faulty treatments and practices. They ought to be gracious to the sick, considerate to their associates, cautious in their prognostications. Let them be modest, dignified, gentle, pitiful, and merciful; not covetous nor an extortionist of money; but rather let their reward be according to their work, to the means of the patient, to the quality of the issue, and to their own dignity.