American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Curriculum Committee


Brian J. Dunkin, MD, FACS
Daniel J. Scott, MD, FACS


Sara Kim, PhD


David T. Arnold, MD, FACS
Robert O. Carpenter, MD, MPH, FACS
Jane M. Eggerstedt, MD, FACS
Gladys L. Fernandez, MD
Antonio Gangemi, MD
Aimee Gardner, PhD
Harsh Grewal, MD, FACS, FAAP
Nehal Khamis, MD, PhD, MEd
James N.  Lau, MD, FACS
Luis E. Llerena, MD, FACS
Cate Nicholas, MS, PA, EdD
John T. Paige, MD, FACS
Jonathan Pierce, MD, FACS
Jose F. Pliego, MD
Craig A. Reickert, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Robert M. Rush Jr., Col., MD, FACS
Mary C. Santos, MD, FACS
Christopher M. Schlachta, MD, FACS
Donn H. Spight, MD, FACS
Melina C. Vassiliou, MD, MEd, FRCSC
Noel N. Williams, MB, BCh, MCh, FRCSI, FRCS
Andrew S. Wright, MD, FACS


Amy Johnson
Kathleen A. Johnson, EdM


The Curriculum Committee facilitates and governs the development, implementation, validation, and dissemination of educational curricula for practicing surgeons and other learners in conjunction with measuring performance and patient-care outcomes. The Curriculum Committee provides consultation, advice, and support to the Consortium of Accredited Education Institutes (AEI) in implementing validated curricula.

Validation of curricula includes outcomes measures in short and long-term changes:

  • Performance
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Improved patient care


  1. Develop and apply needs assessment methods to identify practice gaps in surgical knowledge and skill across specialties
  2. Identify and develop standards for assessing best practices in surgical education
  3. Identify existing curricula and develop new curricula that incorporate best practices
  4. Identify barriers to curricular implementation and validation (i.e., financial, measurement tools, infrastructure, participant and institution buy-in)
  5. Develop models and delivery methods and pathways for widespread curricular implementation (i.e., e-learning, hands-on components, etc.)
  6. Develop methods for curricular validation (feasibility, content validity, metrics validation)
  7. Develop instruments and methods for objectively measuring short- and long-term changes in performance for competency verification (e.g., for credentialing purposes)
  8. Develop instruments, methods, and infrastructure for measuring patient-centered outcomes, including short- and long-term outcomes related to quality, safety, and patient care
  9. Work through the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education, to obtain funding (through NSF, AHRQ, ACS, and others) for curricular development, implementation, and validation, including measurement of performance and patient-care outcomes
  10. Work through the ACS Division of Education to dialogue with malpractice and healthcare insurance carriers and relevant industry groups to assist with needs assessment, best practices, and funding opportunities
  11. Work through the ACS Division of Education to dialogue with the American Board of Surgery to align curriculum and outcome measures with Maintenance of Certification initiatives (Part 2 and Part 4).