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Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit

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The 2021 Annual ACS Surgical Simulation Summit (the Annual Meeting of the Consortium of ACS-accredited Education Institutes) was held virtually on March 11–12. The Program Committee for the Surgical Simulation Summit was chaired by Captain Gordon Wisbach, MD, FACS, surgical director, Bioskills and Simulation Training Center, Naval Medical Center San Diego; the Co-Chair was Deborah M. Rooney, PhD, director, education and research in simulation, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

Highlights of the event include the following:

  • The keynote address at the Surgical Simulation Summit was delivered by Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd (Hon), DFSVS, chief executive officer, Wake Forest Baptist Health; dean, Wake Forest Baptist School of Medicine; and ACS President-Elect. Dr. Freischlag’s presentation, “Leading When Everyone is Watching,” highlighted the successful endeavors of the Wake Forest Baptist Health System during the pandemic, emphasized the role of simulation and underscored the need for creativity to meet future challenges.
  • Dr. Rooney chaired a presentation of innovations in simulation-based surgical education.
  • A Special Joint Session was held with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) to address the unique value of simulation centers that are accredited by ACS or endorsed by ASA within the context of providing optimal patient care and optimal education to learners at all levels.
  • The Scientific Paper Presentation Sessions included 10 papers that were discussed by experts.
  • The ACS AEI Fellows presented their work that each Fellow had pursued over the course of their Fellowship.
  • Dr. Sachdeva chaired a Panel Session on Future Directions, and speakers included: Daniel B. Jones, MD, MS, FACS, professor, Harvard Medical School and vice-chair, department of surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; chief of the division of bariatric and minimally invasive surgery; and director, Carl J. Shapiro Simulation Center; Bao Nasri, MD, Clinical Research Fellow, Carl J. Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center; and Dr. Rooney.
  • The MORE Track was moderated by Jesika S. Gavilanes, MA, Oregon Health and Science University, Mark Richardson Interprofessional Simulation Center. Speakers included Jeffrey D. Howells, MS, MBA, LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport; Megan Sherman, MAEDhD, WISH at the University of Washington; and Elena An, MS, HCA, Oregon Health and Science University, VirtuOHSU Simulation and Surgical Training Center.

Save the Date

The next ACS Simulation Summit is scheduled to take place in-person at the Swissôtel in Chicago on March 3–5, 2022.