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ACS Online Platforms and Educational Initiatives

In response to the challenges of providing live educational programming during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education is providing access to several programs through an online format that meets the needs of learners.

The ACS Learning and Content Management System (LCMS) is fully integrated with the ACS website, the ACS member database, and the MyCME (Continuing Medical Education) platforms. The content management system delivers more than 45 online educational programs to various groups of learners, with more than 16,000 ACS members enrolled to date. The LCMS also supports the dissemination of the ePosters from Clinical Congress 2019.

Various virtual meeting and video hosting technologies—including live (synchronous) and prerecorded (asynchronous) programs—are currently being explored to efficiently record and disseminate critical information to learners. In addition, electronic tools are being used to promote collaboration across programs.

The ACS is evaluating various technology platforms, in a fiscally responsible manner, with the goal of delivering the content of several large conventions and meetings, which will benefit both the learners and the faculty.

Training of staff, as well as the formation of committees and workgroups, are essential to support the wide array of programs available, and these efforts are in progress.

Horizon-scanning and evaluation of new technologies is an ongoing process. The support of ACS leaders, members, and staff is greatly appreciated.

For further information, contact Olivier Petinaux, MS, Senior Manager, Distance Education and E-Learning, ACS Division of Education, at opetinaux@facs.org, or Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, Director, Division of Education at asachdeva@facs.org.