There are numerous associations and societies in Mexico whose memberships combine different surgical specialties. Among these, the National Academy of Medicine, Mexico City, which was founded more than 150 years ago, is considered to be the most renowned and has the highest entrance standards. Representatives of the medical and/or surgical specialties of the country are accepted after a strict selection process. There is also the Mexican Academy of Surgery, Mexico City, and the Mexican Association of General Surgery, Mexico City, whose members include a large number of the surgeons of the country as well as related specialists. Each year there are numerous academic meetings, which may be conducted locally (hospitals), regionally (states), or nationally, where different activities are provided with the objective of divulging, sharing, and teaching surgical experiences. The most important meeting is coordinated by the Mexican Association of General Surgery and is held annually in November in a different city in Mexico. There are numerous foreign and national professors, and the meeting consists of symposia, discussion forums, clinical and research seminars, and several courses held within the meeting. The attendance is approximately 2500 surgeons.