and DHAP continue to hold quarterly “Advocacy
Insider” webinars on federal and state legislation.
The ACS convened several national conferences over
the last year to address Continuing Medical Education,
transition to practice, simulation-based surgical education, and other topics, and participated in the planning
of the National Surgical Patient Safety Summit with
the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
The ACS Clinical Congress remains the premier
annual surgical meeting. For this year’s meeting, October 16− 20, in Washington, DC, the program comprised
24 Tracks, 128 Panel Sessions, 18 Didactic Courses, 14
Skills Courses, 45 Meet-the-Expert Luncheons, and
18 Town Hall Meetings. Three Special Sessions were
offered on Firearm Injury Prevention, ACS Strong for
Surgery, and Global Engagement. Details regarding
Clinical Congress 2016 will be published in the January 2017 Bulletin.
Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program
(SESAP®) 16 was unveiled at Clinical Congress 2016 and
includes a variety of apps for handheld devices. Additional SESAP products include the SESAP Sampler and
SESAP Audio Companion.
The Annual ACS Comprehensive General Surgery
Review Course provides a 3.5-day intensive review of
essential content areas in general surgery. The course
uses didactic and case-based formats. A total of 194
individuals participated in the 2016 course and gave the
course an overall rating of 4. 82 on a five-point scale.
In January 2016, Selected Readings in General Surgery
(SRGS®) entered its ninth year as an ACS publication.
SRGS continues to publish evidence-based reviews
of the medical literature. SRGS users can earn up to
80 Self-Assessment credits annually. The SRGS
package contains an overview of the literature; a concise
review of 10 recently published articles, accompanied
by expert commentary for each article; and an editorial
Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery (EBDS) includes
concise, focused modules derived from practice guidelines. Modules are developed based on diagnoses that
are relevant to the operations that general surgeons
frequently perform. A total of 44 modules are available.
A new educational model is being designed and will
include discussion of key articles based on the review
of evidence. Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be provided for participation
in this new activity.
The 12th Annual Surgeons as Leaders: From Operating Room to Boardroom Course took place in June,
and the 23rd Annual Surgeons as Educators Course took
place August 27−September 2.
A simulation-based education program for practicing surgeons, Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery®
(FLS), is in its 11th year and is a collaborative program
between the Society of American Gastrointestinal and
Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and ACS. More than
10,000 residents, fellows, and practicing surgeons have
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. Surgeons from more than 20 countries have completed
the FLS examination.
The ACS offers many educational opportunities for
surgical residents, which are as follows:
• The ACS Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum® (ACS
FSC) has set a new standard for cognitive simulation-based education to address diagnostic and patient management skills in surgery. ACS FSC now comprises 110
case scenarios encompassing 14 essential content areas.
• The ACS/Association of Program Directors in Surgery
(APDS) Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum uses simulation to achieve specific learning objectives. Phase I
modules focus on basic surgical skills and tasks and have
undergone significant revision in the last two years. Released in May 2016, the 16 modules include new demon-