Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education,
Houston, TX, in January 2016.
A total of 80 ACS-AEIs have been accredited,
including 77 Comprehensive Institutes and 12
Focused Institutes. Institutes accredited outside the
U.S. include four in Canada, one in the U.K., two in
Sweden, two in France, and one each in Greece, Italy,
Argentina, Saudi Arabia, and Spain.
In addition, the ACS-AEI Fellowship Program continues to grow, and additional Fellowship Programs
are being accredited based on established Standards
and Criteria. Presently, seven Accredited Fellowship
Programs are in place.
The ACS Education and Training campaign launched
in October 2014, sending the message that ACS education and training are the cornerstones of excellence,
transform possibilities into realities, and instill the
joy of lifelong learning. The “Word Video” for the
education campaign was released at the Clinical Congress 2014, and “Straight from the Source” video clips
with testimonials from developers and users of ACS
programs are in development.
The ACS Clinical Congress remains the premier
annual surgical meeting. For this year’s meeting,
the Scientific Sessions that feature presentations
of scholarly work were reorganized into a Scientific Forum that included scientific papers and the
Scientific Forum Poster Presentations. This year’s
program also included 123 Panel Sessions, 11 Named
Lectures, 15 Didactic/Experiential Courses, 15
Surgical Skills Courses, 32 Video-Based Education
Sessions, 48 Meet-the-Expert Luncheons, and 20
Town Hall Meetings.
Content for the ACS Fundamentals of Surgery Cur-riculum® (ACS FSC) has been reviewed and updated
to address 13 essential content areas through 99
case scenarios. In academic year 2014–2015, ACS
FSC enrolled 238 residency programs (168 in general
surgery and 70 in other surgical specialties), for a
total of 1,881 residents.
The Surgery Resident Prep Curriculum, developed
by the ACS, the Association of Program Directors in
Surgery (APDS), and the Association for Surgical Education (ASE), is a largely simulation-based education
program. An infrastructure has been developed to support this curriculum. The Prep Curriculum is being
pilot-tested at 47 institutions across the U.S. and will
formally launch in 2016.
A Joint Statement on Pre-Residency Educational Preparatory Courses was issued by the ACS, the American
Board of Surgery, APDS, and ASE. This statement was
published in eight peer-reviewed journals. The statement endorses the ACS/APDS/ASE Surgery Resident
Prep Curriculum or a similar program.
The ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum includes 25 innovative modules
that address core clinical and surgical skills. The modules are available exclusively through the ACS. This
curriculum has been viewed more than 7,400 times
since its 2013 launch.
The Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS™)
Program celebrated its 10th anniversary in October
2014. More than 10,000 residents, fellows, and practicing surgeons have now received FLS certification.
Expansion of the program continues with 80 testing
centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, and one each
in Singapore and Israel. International testing centers
also have been established in France and Saudi Arabia.
The online didactic portion of FLS has been purchased
in more than 30 countries, and surgeons from more
than 20 countries have completed the examination.
Two new joint fellowships were established this year:
the ACS-MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics Fellowship and the ACS-University of Wisconsin Fellowship
in Surgical Education Research.
The Patient Education Committee met in February
2015 to discuss the program’s future. The retreat
resulted in the following recommendations: standardize programs to promote patient engagement
and patient-centered care; develop strategies and
A new Committee on the Future of Surgery Residency and
Training was appointed this year to examine the ACS’ role in
accrediting post-residency Fellowships and possible collaboration
with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.