Dr. Cole Initiated into the American College of Surgeons

    Dr. Karin Cole was among 1,640 Initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) during the Convocation ceremony at the College’s 2014 annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, Calif., last month. This year’s class of Initiates was among one of the largest ever admitted into the College.
    “We are honored that Dr. Karin Cole received this prestigious recognition from the American College of Surgeons,” explains Eileen Skinner, President and CEO of Mercy Hospital. “Dr. Cole joins a number of Mercy Providers as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and this allows Mercy to continue to provide the highest level of care for all of our patients. Dr. Cole’s work with her patients is extraordinary and it is a true privilege to have her practicing at Mercy’s Portland Surgical Associates. Mercy congratulates her on this achievement.”

    Dr. Cole received a medical doctorate in 2004 from Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, MA) and is currently practicing at Mercy’s Portland Surgical Associates located in Portland, ME. In 2010, Dr. Cole attained board certification from the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Cole has a strong professional interest in surgical oncology and holds memberships in other professional societies, including 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 or appropriate certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; 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.