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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.

Members of the AEI Program:

  • Collaborate, network, and share best practices with centers that are at the forefront of simulation-based surgical education and training
  • Interact with colleagues worldwide on the AEI Community and post questions, pursue research, and seek support for the delivery of your education and training programs
  • ­Follow our roadmap to building a strong surgical simulation program based on national standards and accreditation requirements
  • Benchmark using our semi-annual reports that highlight data important to simulation programs
  • Influence the direction of surgical simulation by joining committees who help shape ACS programs and services
  • ­Access free educational resources including webinars, podcasts, articles, and presentations, available on-demand
  • ­­Are recognized as world-class ACS-AEIs where residents and other members of the surgical team go for their training
  • ­Attract and train future leaders in simulation through fellowship program accreditation, available exclusively to AEIs
  • Save on registration for the Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit—the premier meeting for surgical simulation

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Call for Abstracts

The American College of Surgeons Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes is offering opportunities for presentation of original paper, poster, and innovative techniques presentations at the Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit, March 15–16, 2019 in Chicago, IL. The abstract submission deadline is 11:59 (CST) Monday, November 5.

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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.

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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