for Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills
(OSATS) have been added, along with a guide for administering OSATS. Review and revision of the Phase III
modules that focus on team-based skills are under way.
The Phase II modules that address advanced procedures
will be focused on next, and opportunities to replace
certain cumbersome and resource-intensive simulations with state-of-the-art simulators will be pursued.
ACS educational programs for medical students
planning a career in surgery are as follows:
• The ACS/APDS/Association of Surgical Educators (ASE)
Resident Prep Curriculum is being pilot-tested at several U.S. medical schools, and a certificate affirming
satisfactory completion of the curriculum modules is
being offered to medical students. The curriculum will
be disseminated to course directors through an innovative “Curriculum Builder” website, which will allow
course directors to easily align the curriculum goals
and objectives with the needs of their students and the
available resources at their medical schools. The program will launch this academic year.
•The ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based
Surgical Skills Curriculum comprises 25 innovative
simulation-based modules aimed at first- through third-year medical school students. Efforts are under way
to support broad dissemination and evaluation of this
The College has partnered with two universities
to offer fellowships in surgical ethics and research—
the MacLean Center Surgical Ethics Fellowship at the
University of Chicago, IL, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Fellowship in Surgical Education.
The Committee on Emerging Surgical Technology
and Education (CESTE) is being reorganized and will
continue to play a pivotal role in evaluating new technologies, providing guidance regarding the appropriate
time for introduction of new technologies into surgical
reviews are being conducted in collaboration with the
Australian Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures-Surgical (ASERNIP-S) to guide
safe introduction of new technologies and procedures
into surgical practice.
The College offers a Patient Education program,
the centerpieces of which are the Home Skills Kits.
The Feeding Tube Skills Kit was recently completed,
and the Central Line Skills Kit will be released soon.
Additional skills kits are under development.
The Education for Better Recovery program offers
educational material to cancer patients so they can be
fully informed and actively participate in their recovery. Surgical prep brochures and e-learning materials
are designed to inform and prepare patients for surgery, and use of the electronic materials may be applied
in fulfilling meaningful use criteria of EHR.
In addition, opportunities to integrate the skills
training activities of the Patient Education Program
at the ACS Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI) are
being explored, and an updated Statement on Principles of Patient Education was approved at the Board
of Regents meeting in February.
At present, 94 institutions are ACS-AEIs: 82 Comprehensive ACS-AEIs, and 12 Focused ACS-AEIs. A
retreat was held in 2015 to design a new Maintenance
of Accreditation model, which began phase-in this year.
A new International Committee of the ACS-AEI Consortium was established in April. The ninth Annual
ACS-AEI Consortium Meeting took place March 7–8
in Chicago with a record 222 attendees.
An ACS-AEI Fellowship Program was established
to train the next generation of experts in this field and
includes specific standards and criteria for accreditation; at present, eight ACS-AEI Accredited Fellowship
Programs are available.
The ACS CME Accreditation Program now ranks as
one of the largest within the Accreditation Council
for Continuing Medical Education system. This program accredits all CME credit-bearing educational
programs of ACS and the educational programs of