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ACS Expands E-Learning Opportunities

To support ACS members affected by the cancellation of live educational activities, the ACS Division of Education offers a variety of virtual, high-quality educational programs. These include the ACS Entering Resident Readiness Assessment (ACS ERRA), as well as the three phases of the ACS/Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS) Resident Skills Curriculum: Core Skills, Advanced Procedures, and Team-Based Skills.

ACS Entering Resident Readiness Assessment (ACS ERRA)

Target Audience: Surgical Residency Program Directors

ACS ERRA is a formative assessment designed to give surgical residency program directors insights into the preparedness of entering postgraduate year one (PGY-1) residents to assume their new clinical responsibilities. Using a proven key-features approach, ACS ERRA focuses on clinical decision making, rather than simple recall of factual knowledge. The online assessment includes 40 cases and covers an array of important clinical topic areas. The results of the assessment are provided as individual reports for residents and aggregated reports for program directors that show the performance of their program as a whole as well as in comparison with all participating residents. To get the most value from the ACS ERRA, each resident and program director is provided with instructions and a template for formulating individual learning plans to help residents address areas that need additional preparation or reinforcement.

Now in its third year, the administration window for the 2020 ACS ERRA is June 15 to July 3, and enrollment is open until May 29.

For additional information, contact Melissa Gesbeck, PhD, at mgesbeck@facs.org or 312-202-5154, or Kevin Wasielewski, MPH, MBA, at kwasielewski@facs.org or 312-202-5746.

ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum–Phase 1: Core Skills

Target Audience: Faculty, Residents, Medical Students

The ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum–Phase 1: Core Skills is designed to teach 16 essential surgical skills to residents in the early stages of their training, ranging from the principles of asepsis and knot tying to basic laparoscopic skills and anastomoses. This curriculum recently was redesigned to be more comprehensive, interactive, and user friendly for educators and resident learners. The curriculum includes self-paced modules and expert performance videos for resident learners. It also includes objective assessments, proficiency-level recommendations, and comprehensive instructions to set up each simulation for faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Kim Echert at kechert@facs.org.

ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum–Phase 2: Advanced Procedures

Target Audience: Faculty, Residents

The ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum–Phase 2: Advanced Procedures is designed to teach mid- to senior-level resident learners how to perform more complex procedures. This phase contains instructions for simulating 15 common surgical procedures from laparoscopic appendectomy to hernia repair and colon resection.

For more information, contact Ms. Echert at kechert@facs.org.

ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum–Phase 3: Team-Based Skills

Target Audience: Faculty, Residents

The ACS/APDS Surgery Resident Skills Curriculum–Phase 3: Team-Based Skills is designed to teach residents optimal team behavior through simulation. This modular curriculum covers 10 scenarios in which the surgeon must work with a team for a successful patient outcome and includes topics ranging from patient handoffs to a variety of emergent patient cases. The curriculum includes suggestions for developing and implementing successful simulated cases to teach and assess resident team skills.

For more information, contact Ms. Echert at kechert@facs.org.