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Surgeon Retooling Reimagined: Achieving and Maintaining Lifelong Excellence

What We’re Doing

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is embarking  upon an important mission to establish a national model for retooling, credentialing, and privileging for surgeons in practice—particularly as it relates to skills training and developing proficiency in new and existing surgical procedures and technologies.

Our Goal

We aim to transform how surgeons are trained and assessed throughout their long careers to ensure that they are continually on top of their game, delivering the best quality surgical care. The ultimate goal is to establish a surgeon and health care facility verification program based on new standards to support proficiency and evidence-based best practices for the credentialing and privileging process.

 

Launch – January 29, 2016

Surgeon Retooling Reimagined: Achieving and Maintaining Lifelong Excellence kicked off in early 2016 at the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIE) in Houston, TX. Multiple stakeholders—representatives of industry, insurers, liability carriers and attorneys, health care associations, surgeons, and others—came together in workgroups to begin the process of establishing a surgeon and health care facility verification program based on new standards to support proficiency and evidence-based best practices for the credentialing and privileging process. The meeting convened a wide spectrum of perspectives to raise the important ideas, issues and questions that will shape the creation of a national surgical retooling and credentialing program.

Presenters and workgroups leads at the Houston forum (from left to right) included: Paul Trevino, CEO, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System; Dar Kavouspour, MD, CHRISTUS Health; Roberta L. Schwartz, PhD, executive vice president of operations, Houston Methodist Training; Tim Boone, MD, PhD, Houston Methodist Research Institute; Robert Morrow, MD, MBA, president, Houston and Southeast Texas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas; David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, CPE, FACS, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Hospitals Insurance Company;  Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, chair, department of surgery; executive director, MITIE, Houston Methodist; Brian J. Dunkin, MD, FACS, chair, surgical innovation and technology, department of surgery; medical director, MITIE, Houston Methodist; Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director, Division of Education, ACS; David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, ACS; and Myriam J. Curet, MD, FACS, chief medical officer, Intuitive Surgical. Not pictured: Robert C. Robbins, MD, FACS, president and CEO, Texas Medical Center

Workgroup Results
Forum Photos
Event Program

What’s Next

The ACS has been working internally to disseminate information captured at the forum in an effort to develop a whitepaper or manuscript laying out the goals and objectives of the initiative, key insights assembled from the kick-off meeting, and next steps toward establishing ACS credentialing and privileging guidelines. Small workgroups are currently being convened with meetings taking place in 2016 and culminating with the next public forum meeting in early 2017 in Seattle. Information will be shared in the coming months on the Seattle meeting and additional ways to be involved. If you have questions about the event or initiative, please contact ACSEducation@facs.org.