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Novice to Expert: Let’s Get it Done!

Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15, 2018
Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center
Rochester, MN

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Course Overview

This two-day postgraduate course provides surgeons, physicians, educators, researchers, and administrators "behind the scenes" access to the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, a world-class Comprehensive ACS-Accredited Education Institute in Rochester, MN. The course will cover a variety of Mayo Clinic efforts, including teaching and training medical students, residents, and fellows; collaborating with the U.S. military to prepare care teams heading to the Middle East; educating nurses and physicians in the Mayo Clinic Health System (40-plus clinics and hospitals); and how to use simulation to train learners of all levels, from high school students to master surgeons. The course will offer an in-depth look at the Mayo Clinic Simulation Center and several novel teaching strategies with 3-D printing, cadavers, low-cost materials, online learning, and high-stakes certification assessment. Succinct presentations will focus on ideas and initiatives that will be useful to attendees, who should take away numerous pearls to incorporate at their home simulation centers.

Friday, September 14 will feature presentations from esteemed Mayo faculty, including Samir Mardini, MD, speaking about the thousands of hours of training and practice that lead up to a successful 52-hour face transplant surgery; David Cook, MD, MHPE, sharing his experience on challenging surgical educators to research and study useful, relevant topics in a scientific manner; and a panel of three master surgeons,  Gustavo Oderich, MD, Joseph Dearani, MD and Michael Kendrick, MD, speaking about how they excel and how their work principles can be applied for other surgeons. Exhibitors will be on hand during breaks to demonstrate new technology relevant to skills labs and simulation centers. On the evening of September 14, you are invited to a reception and dinner at the Mayo Foundation House, the 1926 home of Will Mayo, with the purpose of facilitating collaboration, networking, and making real connections with fellow attendees for more relevant research and educational efforts.

Saturday, September 15 begins with a tour of the simulation center, followed by interactive activities that showcase Mayo’s strengths, including the “Surgical X-Games,” low-fidelity models, assessment, MOC for anesthesiology, and more. Attendees will leave with Mayo’s book, Low Cost Surgical Simulation, which details an important subset of simulation where the Mayo Clinic has excelled.

Continuing Medical Education


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 11.25 hours meet the requirements for Patient Safety.*

*The content of this activity may meet certain mandates of regulatory bodies. Please note that ACS has not and does not verify the content for such mandates with any regulatory body. Individual physicians are responsible for verifying the content satisfies such requirements.