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Accredited Education Institutes

The American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI) educate and train practicing surgeons, surgical residents, medical students, and members of the surgical team using simulation-based education

Since we launched the ACS-AEI program in 2005, we have set standards for how surgical education and training should be offered at Accredited Education Institutes. Our goal is to promote patient safety through the use of simulation, to develop new education and technologies, identify best practices, and promote research and collaboration among our institutes. We also evaluate the impact of education through long-term follow-up of learners and analyze how to best incorporate aspects of surgical research into surgical education.

Take advantage of the enormous benefits this program offers to surgeons, residents, medical students, members of the surgical team, and ultimately to the surgical patients, by applying for accreditation.

Member benefits include:

  • Collaborate, network, and share best practices with centers that are at the forefront of simulation-based education and training
  • Follow our roadmap to a strong surgical simulation program as described by the requirements of the ACGME
  • Engage in a standardized, rigorous review process
  • Enjoy exclusive access to educational resources
  • Present your original research with the potential to be published in Surgery
  • Gain a marketing advantage and strengthen your recruiting efforts
  • Attract residents and strengthen your fellowship program through ACS-AEI Fellowship Accreditation 

ACS-AEI Best Practice

Low-Fidelity Simulation Models

David Farley, MD, FACS, from the Mayo Clinic, demonstrates how to create highly effective, yet inexpensive, models to teach students surgical procedures. This video features cricothyrotomy and chest tube models built from materials found at your local hardware store.

Surgeon Retooling Reimagined

The ACS is embarking upon an important mission to transform how we train, retrain, and credential practicing surgeons throughout their long careers.

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Accredited Education Institutes

The ACS Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI) offer state-of-the-art, simulation-based surgical education and training at regional levels to address the ongoing training and assessment needs of surgeons throughout their careers. Fellows discuss how ACS-AEIs have enhanced their surgical careers and how these centers continue to set standards for how surgical education and training should be offered across the nation.
(Video released: November 2015)

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AEI R&D Committee Manual

The ACS-Accredited Education Institutes Research and Development Committee’s research manual, ACS Principles and Practice for Simulation and Surgical Education Research, is now available for purchase while supplies last. Get your copy today!

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