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Educational Resources

Resources in this section support virtual education efforts during and after the pandemic.

(Please note: Resources listed below—unless a product of the ACS Division of Education—have not been specifically vetted by the ACS, and are not endorsed by the ACS.)

Online Curricula

ACS/ASE Medical Student Core Curriculum

Keywords: e-learning, remote learning, competency-based surgical cognitive skills, medical students

This curriculum is a free online resource for medical students, medical school faculty, and clinical faculty, built around modules to address the competency-based surgical cognitive skills needed by all medical students, not just those pursuing surgery, prior to graduation.

ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum

Keywords: e-learning, remote learning, online simulation, simulators, medical students

This curriculum is a free resource that provides materials that use simulation and simulators to help medical students have structured, uniform, and consistent learning experiences; acquire the essential surgical skills needed by all physicians; and build a solid foundation for further training. (Please note: Students must apply for a free username and password or sign in using their ACS log-in information if they are already ACS members.)

Educational Technology


Keywords: e-learning, remote learning, best practices, webinars

This website offers, among many other resources, four 30-minute sessions focusing on how to best use SCORE’s online platform for remote surgical education.

SCORE is organizing a national weekly one-hour virtual curriculum conference. This will begin Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern and will continue every Wednesday at 8:00 pm Eastern throughout the summer. Leading experts will provide an overview of that week’s topic, will cover controversial and high-yield teaching points for the topic, and will take questions from the live audience via the chat feature. Each session will be recorded for later viewing.

Cyber Patient

Keywords: e-learning, remote learning, online simulation, simulators, medical students

This website offers a free version of software for medical students to practice on virtual, interactive patients.

Faculty Development

The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning

Keywords: academia, e-learning, remote learning, instructional design, public health emergency response

This article encourages surgeon educators considering integration of technology for learning in surgical training going forward to enlist the help of experts in online instructional design to ensure that teaching adheres to established best practices.

Medical and Surgical Education Challenges and Innovations in the COVID-19 Era: A Systematic Review

Aikaterini Dedeilia; Marinos G. Sotiropoulos; John Gerrard Hanrahan; Deepa Janga; Panagiotis Dedeilias; and Michail Sideris

Keywords: literature review; medical students; residents; training

This resource provides a systematic review on medical and surgical education during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing and summarizing the challenges as well as innovations in order to bridge this education gap with the aim to illuminate the current situation and discuss any available information on how to best tackle this new status quo and create a contingency plan for continued education.

Using Technology to Maintain the Education of Residents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Robert Connor Chick, MD; Guy Travis Clifton, MD;Kaitlin M. Peace, MD;Brandon W. Propper, MD; Diane F. Hale, MD;Adnan A. Alseidi, MD; and Timothy J. Vreeland, MD

Keywords: COVID-19; distance learning; flipped classroom; surgical videos

This resource suggests innovative solutions utilizing technology which may help to bridge the educational gap for surgical residents during the Covid-19 outbreak. The resource further suggests the support of national organizations may be beneficial in maintaining rigorous surgical education.