individual needs,” said Keith
T. Oldham, MD, FACS, Chair,
Children’s Surgery Verification
Program, and surgeon-in-chief, Children’s Hospital of
The CSV pilot program
launched in April 2015 at six
sites of various sizes, types,
and verification levels. All of
the sites were visited, and the
pilot was concluded successfully
in the fall of 2016. The ACS
CSV Committee finalized the
standards manual and prereview questionnaire (PRQ)
based on lessons learned in the
pilot phase of the program.
A number of changes were
identified in this process,
such as the need for defined
alternative training pathways
for pediatric anesthesiology,
pediatric emergency medicine,
and pediatric radiology.
Applying for verification
Centers seeking verification must
first submit a pre-application.
The pre-application and PRQ
must be submitted via the
online application portal at
After submitting an
application, centers seeking
verification undergo an
extensive site visit by a team
of ACS surveyors, comprising
experienced pediatric surgeons,
pediatric anesthesiologists, and
pediatric nurses who review
the center's structure, process,
and clinical outcomes data. The
Optimal Resources for Children’s
Surgical Care manual drives
the application and is used as a
guide in conducting the survey.
The CSV program has
garnered key endorsements
from multiple specialty societies
including the American
Academy of Pediatrics,
American Pediatric Surgical
Association, and Society of
Verified centers are listed
more information, contact
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“The vision is to see that every child in need of surgical
care will receive this care in an environment with
resources optimal for his/her individual needs.”