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New academy will be a think tank for surgical education

OCTOBER 23, 2017
Clinical Congress Daily Highlights, Monday Second Edition

The newly launched American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators has been created not just to honor accomplished surgeon educators, but to turn innovative ideas into practices that benefit patients, the academy’s founders said during a special Monday session.

“I predict this academy will bring out the best and brightest of our surgeons, and we will see it as one of the finest things we can do,” said David Hoyt, MD, FACS, executive director of ACS.

The Academy’s mission is to play a leadership role in advancing the science and implementation of education across all surgical specialties, and promoting the highest lifetime achievements of surgeons.

“I see this not just as an honorific, but as a think tank,” said ACS Past President L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc (Hon), FACS, FCCM,  who led the development of the academy along with Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, director of the ACS Division of Education.

The academy will have an annual meeting, annual symposia, and an annual landmark publication that will distill some of the innovative ideas and advances in surgical education that have come out of the academy. 

There will be three categories of membership: members, such as lifelong educators and mentors of national or international renown; associate members, such as educators of local or regional renown who haven’t yet reached a larger sphere of influence; and affiliates, such as engineers, creative thinkers, and others who can help advance surgical education.

A call for membership applications will go out in December of this year, and the deadline for submissions is set for February 2018. The selections will be announced in April 2018, with the induction scheduled for June 2018.

“This is not an elitist club,” Dr. Sachdeva said. Whoever is qualified to become a member will become a member, he added.

 “The Academy is a platform where we explore ideas. What might the future look like? The Academy will develop tools to help us get there,” said ACS Past President Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS.

Some audience members expressed concern that the Academy will add to the number of educational groups, when what is really needed is a body that brings together a variety of education organizations under one umbrella. Dr. Sachdeva said that becoming an umbrella organization is one of the academy’s goals.

“We have a unique opportunity to bring everyone together,” said Dr. Sachdeva.

Additional Information:
The Special Session, The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, was held October 23 at the 2017 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons in San Diego, CA. Program, webcast and audio information is available online at

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